I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson
Published by Titan on 13th February 2015
Found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit in 1986, 15-year-old Finn Gramaraye was exiled to the Other Realm for 25 years. But now he’s back in the mortal world and is disappointed to discover that he’s middle-aged, DeLoreans can’t fly, and he’s been framed for dark magic, again.
All Finn wants is to pick up the pieces of his life and patch things up with his family: his mad-scientist father, the ghost of his mother, a sister who is allergic to magic, a younger brother who thinks he's a werewolf and an older brother who is most unhappy to see him. But with just three days to clear his name before he's sent back into exile forever, Finn will need all the help he can get to figure out who wants him gone, and why.
I really don’t know how I feel about this book. There were concepts I found interesting and I always like a mystery, but there were many things that I didn’t enjoy about it. Let me try and explain what I mean.
The protagonist Finn has just returned from exile in the Other World. His soul has spent 25 years there as punishment for a crime he didn’t commit. So when he returns he finds the world to be very different from when he left. For one thing his body is different; although it’s been looked after by its temporary resident it has changed – it’s older. Technology has moved on, he has a niece and everyone he ever knew is 25 years older. Being exiled for 25 years means that Finn has dated points of reference; old songs, films, games. I quite liked a lot of these references to begin with but I started to tire of them after a while. Then there was Finn’s reaction to things like smartphones and laptops. I liked the concept of this, if not its execution exactly.
To be honest I found Finn to be fairly irritating. He’s obviously meant to be a geek but I found it to be a bit forced at times. His sense of humour grated on me. There were times I sniggered but on the whole I just didn’t find it amusing.
Then there were all the “technical” terms related to the world, the various forms of magic, different beings and creatures. There were too many terms I didn’t understand/wasn’t familiar with and so at times I found it rather hard to follow. Of course perhaps that’s just sheer ignorance on my part.
Ok – so the plot. I enjoyed the mystery element of this novel. There was plenty of action involved and some twists and turns along the way. There were a lot of characters though, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However I just didn’t feel they had much depth. I didn’t feel invested in any of them and wasn’t particularly bothered what happened to them.
All in all, this book was ok. It didn’t grasp me though. I wasn’t a big fan of the writing style and felt it a little forced at times. Obviously, this is just my personal opinion. I had hoped for more and just didn’t find it in this novel.
Have you read Finn Fancy Necromancy? I’d love to know what you thought.