Book 18: “The Conjurer’s Boy”

When I started the War Through the Generations World War I Challenge, I committed — to myself — to reading one book a week.

Didn’t work out.

I can read that fast, but I realized that I couldn’t read that much death and destruction book after book. So I gave reading weekly reading — so I have to rename my review series and count the actual books, not the weeks.

This post is about an urban fantasy. Not everyone’s taste, but a wonderful read. “The Conjurer’s Boy,” by Michael Raleigh, is about a 14-year-old being chased by bullies who ducks into a bookstore and finds a new life. The man who runs the store, and seems to buy more books from odd strangers than he does selling them, has some healing powers.

When you review a book with supernatural components, you don’t want to give away too much, so I’ll just say: Everything goes back to the Somme.

We can’t always take the world seriously — reading can be an escape as well as instructive. So if you enjoy fun fiction, this might be the book for you. The characters are engaging and surprising, the setting is specific and well-detailed.

2 thoughts on “Book 18: “The Conjurer’s Boy”

  1. I happened upon the site quite by accident. I am the author of the novel mentioned, The Conjurer’s Boy and I am very grateful for the writer’s kind words about my book. I’ve always felt that there is very little understanding about the suffering and bloodletting of the First World War, and I always wanted to include some reference to the Somme. I’m glad someone enjoyed the book. A new book frequently relies on things like Amazon reader reviews to bring the book to people’s attention. So this was very gratifying.

    A very interesting site, by the way.


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