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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
If you like light fantasy books that make you forget the world around you and dive into their world, then Whisper of Lightning by Jessica Hemingway would be a good choice for you. It is the story of Jaz, who inherits the family house after the death of her mother who was a very popular artist. A certain glass pot featured in many of her paintings. The woman who manages an exhibition with Jaz's mother's works showed an interest in putting the pot on display, but Jaz initially could not find it. When she remembered that the architect she slowly falls in love with mentioned that there might be a secret room in the house, and after she fell through a wall during a lightning storm (you'll only understand that when you read the book), she demolishes the wall, finds the pot – and then destroys it after she trips over her cat Whisper. The most unlikely thing happens: a genie appears. But it's not Jaz who is his mistress. It's the cat – because the cat made his owner trip and was responsible for the genie's freedom.
Whisper of Lightning by Jessica Hemingway is so good that I read it in just one sitting (with coffee and dinner breaks in between). It is not a very long book so you can read it within a day, but it's not the kind of book that makes you think it's too short. It is just right. The characters all have their unique voice, and you are drawn into the story right from the start (even though not too much is happening at the start). You feel as if you are living in the story, and it vividly plays out in front of your mental eye. It is a charming story, exciting and with a few funny scenes. It is a great read for young and old, and the kind of book you would want to read a second time at some stage.