Conjuror Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old twins Matt and Em Calder are Animare: they can bring art to life, and travel in time through paintings. They work for Orion-the Animare MI5-protecting the secrecy of their order and investigating crimes committed by their own kind. It’s dangerous work. But when they are sent to Edinburgh to find a teenage boy who can alter reality with his music, they are drawn into something more dangerous still. For this boy, Remy, is the Conjurer’s Son. And he carries something that could change humanity forever. – Goodreads
Conjuror is a wonderful read and a fantastic break from the logic and terror that I normally gravitate towards. An urban fantasy filled with action, intrigue and not a werewolf or vampire in sight! From the very first pages the book felt like a breath of fresh air. The basic premise brought to mind the Rhapsody series by Elizabeth Hayden. John and Carole Barrowman do a delightful job in opening up a world of possibilities and reminding us of the power that lurks inside art. Who hasn’t heard a perfectly sung song, and got a shiver from it? Or closed their eyes and let notes of music paint a scene across their eyelids? It’s easy to believe in the magic possibilities of music when we already have tasted the potential.
Matt and Em Calder are the perfect siblings to keep the novel’s overall feel at a lighthearted level. Their mental conversations and playful interactions may cause you to make very unladylike snorts of laughter in public. It very much has the tone of some of the 9 & 10 Dr. Who episodes, where tension is high and danger lurks, but snarky banter keeps you smiling. Remy, the Conjurer’s son, is a brave and fascinating character in his own right. His seriousness provides a great foil for the twin’s charisma. Conjuror definitely earns itself a place on a “Great Diverse Books” list for reasons you’ll have to discover yourself. We need even more books like this, that promote acceptance without heavy-handed preaching.
I think I’ve found a new series to follow. I hadn’t read anything from the Barrowman team before, but this brother and sister duo are definitely talented. Conjuror draws you in and by the time you’ve reached the final page, you’re ready to beg for just a few more pages. The writing style may not suit everyone, but I didn’t mind it. Lovely piece of work, available on Amazon, and the authors are absolutely evil in making us wait until next year for the next installment.