A Petition to Magic

Rated 4.00/5 based on 8 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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About Graham Downs

Graham Downs is a South African author of short stories, flash fiction, and novelettes, in a variety of genres. Memoirs of a Guardian Angel is his longest work to date.

He currently lives in Alberton, Gauteng, with his wife and their dog, Becky. He spends a good portion of his free time reading and, as with his writing, he reads books in a huge range of genres and lengths. He’s also passionate about South African authors—particularly independently published ones.

Graham's publishing journey began in 2012, with his first book, A Petition to Magic, which is a fantasy short story about a wizard who refuses to perform magic, and a queen who insists that he do just that. He freely admits that back then, just like John Snow, he knew nothing (now, he knows perhaps a trifle more than nothing).

Since those fateful first steps, he's never looked back, publishing five more books in almost as many genres, as well as getting a story included in the charity anthology, I Am Not Frazzle! (And Other Stories For Grown-ups).

His latest work, Memoirs of a Guardian Angel, was launched on 6 April 2018.

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

A Petition to Magic Free Sample - Read by the Author
This is the free sample of A Petition to Magic, read by the author himself. He hopes you enjoy it!

Solon the Wizard - From Scene to Done
A quick walkthrough on the process of creating the cover for A Petition to Magic.

About the Series: Kingdom of Virdura
Stories taking place in the fantasy world of the Kingdom of Virdura.

Also in Series: Kingdom of Virdura

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Reviews of A Petition to Magic by Graham Downs

Stephen Hayes reviewed 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 11 months after purchase)
Chris The Story Reading Ape reviewed 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 7 days after purchase)
Chris Boshoff reviewed on July 5, 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 4 days after purchase)
Vicky Leigh reviewed on April 16, 2013
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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 7 days after purchase)
Karin Cox reviewed on Feb. 8, 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 9 days after purchase)
Ryan Peter reviewed on Feb. 4, 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 27 days after purchase)
Lucia reviewed 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 2 days after purchase)
Darren Worrow reviewed 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 20 days after purchase)
stan downs reviewed on Dec. 29, 2012

I really enjoyed this interesting quick read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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