A Petition to Magic

Rated 4.00/5 based on 11 reviews
Queen Celeste rose to the throne of Virdura a month ago, after the sudden death of her mother.

Desperate to prove herself, she agrees to hear the case of a simple farmer who claims a neighbour stole his cow.

To help her in this task, she orders her chief advisor, the royal wizard Solon, to cast a spell and divine the truth for her. Solon, however, is keeping a terrible secret. More

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Words: 5,770
Language: English (South African dialect)
ISBN: 9781301232055
About Graham Downs

Graham Downs is a South African author. He was born in Alberton, in Gauteng, South Africa, and now lives in Germiston with his wife. Aside from being an independent author, he is a computer programmer in Rivonia.

Since publishing his first book (A Petition to Magic) in 2012, he has published four more, including his latest, Heaven and Earth: Paranormal Flash Fiction. This is a collection of six flash fiction stories, ranging from straight-up horror to downright weird.

Although he has always had a passion for writing, it wasn't until December 2012, at the age of 32, that Downs finally decided to unleash his imagination onto the world at large. The result was A Petition to Magic, a short fantasy story about a wizard who cannot perform magic, and a queen who demands his help.

Following on the success of A Petition to Magic, Downs was asked by fellow author Darren Worrow in 2013, to contribute a story to a charity anthology called I am not Frazzle, benefiting the Devizes Community Centre for Children, in the United Kingdom. He eagerly accepted, and penned Stingers, which was included. The anthology was released in December of 2013. (Stingers was released as a stand-alone story on 16 June 2014.)

While I am not Frazzle was being prepared for release, Downs released his second story, Heritage of Deceit, on 1 December 2013. It's a modern day thriller, and tells the story of a man working in an office, who stumbles across what he believes is a relic from an old genocide.

In October 2014, in time for Halloween, Billy's Zombie was released. It is a very short horror story, about a high school boy whom everyone thinks is a freak. In an effort to exact his revenge on his tormentors, he borrows a book on necromancy from the library, which he successfully uses to raise a zombie from the dead.

His latest work was released in April 2015, and is called Heaven and Earth: Paranormal Flash Fiction. This is a collection of six flash fiction stories in the horror/weird fiction genre.

In addition to his published works, Downs has written many free flash fiction stories and essays, in a wide variety of genres. They're all available for free on his website. You can also find a monthly crossword puzzle there, sometimes with prizes for solving it correctly.

Graham Downs is always working on new stories, in a variety of different genres, and he hopes to go from strength to strength as he releases better and better writing, and his popularity continues to grow.

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A Petition to Magic is a short story by new author Graham Downs.

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Reviews

Review by: Stephen Hayes on Nov. 20, 2013 :
A failed wizard, a failed farmer, and a new queen anxious to improve her image in the eyes of her subjects: these are the main characters in this short and simple but entertaining tale.

It offers opportunity for reflection on the themes of monarchy, dishonesty, and ways of coping with failure.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Chris The Story Reading Ape on Oct. 13, 2013 :
A simple, but interesting little tale woven around a new young Queen, a Wizard who is afraid of doing magic and a greedy farmer.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Chris Boshoff on July 05, 2013 :
I really enjoyed the world that this story creates. This is a fun story that is worth the read. Congratulations on your first published work Mr Graham Downs!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Vicky Leigh on April 16, 2013 : (no rating)
An outstanding short story which was remarkably enjoyed. Personally, the title and the cover page did not do this short story enough credit. Definately will consider this author again !!! Well done Mr Downs :)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Karin Cox on Feb. 08, 2013 :
Reading almost like a parable, A Petition to Magic is a short story about a wizard with a guilty secret and a new Queen struggling to trust her instincts. It is a simply crafted but well written tale in which good overcomes evil, and it will certainly keep readers intrigued until the end. Readers will no doubt love to hate the misogynist antagonist, Marcus, and will be glad to see Queen Celeste use her powers for good and not evil while she learns to trust herself as much as she trusts her wizard friend.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ryan Peter on Feb. 04, 2013 :
I must say, I quite enjoyed this little story. What intrigued me most was the characters, notably Queen Celeste. You're never quite sure what she's up to. At first she comes across as a bit of a silly girl, but then you always get the impression she has something else up her sleeve. She has an interesting relationship with the main character as well and his problem with casting magic is a very interesting one.

“A Petition to Magic” is an entertaining read with some parabolic elements. It's a well written story from Downs and great if you're looking for something that will make you smile in the end.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ryan Peter on Feb. 04, 2013 :
I must say, I quite enjoyed this little story. What intrigued me most was the characters, notably Queen Celeste. You're never quite sure what she's up to. At first she comes across as a bit of a silly girl, but then you always get the impression she has something else up her sleeve. She has an interesting relationship with the main character as well and his problem with casting magic is a very interesting one.

“A Petition to Magic” is an entertaining read with some parabolic elements. It's a well written story from Downs and great if you're looking for something that will make you smile in the end.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lucia on Jan. 17, 2013 :
I enjoyed the writing style and foumd it to be a fun, quick read. Looking forward to more from this author
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Darren Worrow on Jan. 12, 2013 :
A simple fantasy set in the days of courts, queens and wizards which is surprisingly entertaining. Don’t get me wrong the author is not the next Tolkien; this short story lacks a certain descriptive attention and characterisation but charms none-the-less. I suspect I may be too past it to fully appreciate it and suggest that it aims for a possible teenage audience. It is worth a quick read and I think the author has the potential to improve to the point of creating something very interesting.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Darren Worrow on Jan. 12, 2013 :
A simple fantasy set in the days of courts, queens and wizards which is surprisingly entertaining. Don’t get me wrong the author is not the next Tolkien; this short story lacks a certain descriptive attention and characterisation but charms none-the-less. I suspect I may be too past it to fully appreciate it and suggest that it aims for a possible teenage audience. It is worth a quick read and I think the author has the potential to improve to the point of creating something very interesting.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: stan downs on Dec. 29, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this interesting quick read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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