“Finn Fancy Necromancy” by Randy Henderson

Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson  is like “Harry Potter” for adults. It’s witty, funny, and full of surprises.

15-year-old Finn was framed for a crime he didn’t commit and has spent the past 25 years in the Other Realm. Now he’s back in the present and has major culture shock. Finn’s a child of the 1980s and is clueless about modern technology. To make matters worse, he’s pretty sure somebody wants him banished. Finn’s only help in foiling the plot against him comes from his mad, magical family.

The author himself at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park
The author himself at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park

Set in the Pacific Northwest, Finn’s adventures take him from the Olympic Peninsula all the way to downtown Seattle and back, with stops in Everett and Kingston along the way. As anyone with a pop-culture pulse knows, this setting is the perfect breeding ground for werewolves, and a few of them prowl into Finn’s world too. (But don’t worry, there aren’t any vampires.)

While technically a book for an adult audience, Finn Fancy Necromancy is YA friendly, although some of the 1980s jokes might not land with teens. Baby Boomers might miss out too because at some point or another, Henderson references every John Hughes movie ever made. That was a lot of fun for a Generation X reader like me.

Without giving away any spoilers, I found the ending to be extremely surprising–in a good way. The twist on the very last page had me shouting “No way!”

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