Publish Date: July 13, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
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Synopsis: It was when mankind discovered how to make electricity that the world as we knew it changed profoundly. Soon generated electricity lit our streets and homes, provided heat, brought us efficient communication, modern transportation, and the effort of electro-motive force. Yet, man-made electricity carried through the wires and cables with which we fenced the land; the power lines encircling our towns and our cities, had another consequence. Generated electricity banished things of folklore and legend. Witches, werewolves, demons whose evil spirits had roamed the earth throughout time were displaced, driven off by the pain of electricity. Unfortunately also displaced were the good, those angels which had appeared to guide mankind throughout history. Then one day, in our not-too-distant past, a brilliant scientist created a machine that brought man-made electricity to a halt. That day marked the beginning of the return of the evil, as well as the good, in a time that became known as the years of magic.
Review: What if electricity was the reason all the angels, demons, werewolves, etc. no longer exist in our realm? Would all the paranormal creatures return if electricity was blocked and what would happen with their arrival? Welcome to the small town of Gallatin in 1934 the day electricity ceases to exist and meet Mr. David Rancliff. David is a factory owner and is on hard times, like everyone else, because of the lasting effects of the Great Depression. Along with his guardian angel, Win, who just appeared after the electricity disappeared, David is searching for answers and trying to figure out what exactly is plaguing the town.
Vampires, werewolves, and witches, oh my! The Years of Magic is exactly that – a story of the years the magic comes back into the world. However, aside from Win (David’s guardian angel), most of the creatures and humans who have gained powers do not have the best intentions in mind. While I think the premise is good, it feels a bit like a buddy cop movie in which there is much bumbling about until the final showdown. Perhaps the author wanted to include as many fight scenes and paranormal creatures as possible, but it does come together as seamlessly as it could have with a little more time and polish. Overall, The Years of Magic has an intriguing premise and affable characters. With the ending, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a sequel at some point.