The Gift of Magic by P M Griffin
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full length (168 pgs)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe
Shipwreck! Can a novice sorceress and brilliant cat save their otherwise doomed companions?
An outburst of her newly awakened, uncontrolled sorcery talent made twelve-year-old Dory a fugitive. Trouble, her indomitable cat, led her into a walled garden minutes ahead of the mob pursuing her. There they encountered Martin, a powerful sorcerer, who agreed to hide and teach her and used his arts to advance her age to that of a young woman.
Some weeks later, Martin permits her and Trouble to accompany two gem merchants on a trading voyage. Following a storm, their ship goes to the aid of a sinking vessel grossly overcrowded with young migrant workers. The rescue is a success, but Dory’s ship is seriously damaged and begins founderin. With no room in the lifeboats for all those now aboard, many are doomed. Only Dory’s untried power can save everyone – if it will rise for her and if she can control and wield it correctly.
Dory is a servant to the farrier, Jocko, and his wife. He has a drinking problem and he resents every penny she takes for care. His favorite sport is to beat on her. One night he gets out of control and she magically gives him donkey ears. She knows she must run or he will kill her. Magic is illegal and he wants his normal ears back! Her thought was that any place had to be better than living with Jocko. She doesn’t realize when she goes over the fence and falls into a garden she has also fallen into a new life…
Ms. Griffin’s words float across the page and lead you into a new world of wonder. She writes an exciting tale with varied characters. All her characters have strong personalities and good souls. She intersperses magic here and there and that enhances the story line and makes it a stronger story.
Dory must give up her childhood to stay in the village. She’s twelve and becomes a teenager in minutes while standing in the sorcerer’s house. She’s okay with that, but now must learn how to become a young lady. Her lessons in ladyhood are amusing and her lessons in magic are challenging.
Everything changes for her when she decides to travel with two gem merchants and learn what she can from them. Martin is a bit hesitant about letting her go since her magic is still undeveloped, but it is a good opportunity for her.
The author gives Dory a huge challenge. The ship they are on runs into a typhoon. Watching this young woman trying to develop her skills while under extreme duress is fascinating. For each thing she accomplishes, there is another challenge facing her.
I read this story quickly and enjoyed every word. I am fond enough of it that I have bought my own copy so I can read it again. I found this one to be a keeper and I think you’ll enjoy the adventure, too. It’s a good fantasy and I hope to see a sequel to it.