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Time Conjurer

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

5 Star Review

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Book Description

From Book 1: Kenny Lawson is an unfulfilled, repressed psychiatrist in Philadelphia who has been haunted by premonitions since childhood. Dreams of a little girl at play were his only nocturnal escape. One night, however, the girl brought him a message of death. His Hoodoo-practicing Nana reveals that the girl in his dreams is actually her sister Delilah who disappeared in 1955. She shows him how to visit lost loved ones using "flying," a time travel method she has recently developed.

Dogged by a lifetime of relentless humiliation at the hand of his older brother, Kenny "flies" to his childhood. As a boy he had saved his only brother from a fire, but this time let him die. This changed Kenny into the self-assured man who acquired the woman of his dreams and created a blissful life. It also changed the world around him. Nana saw it all and rebuked him.

Before Kenny can restore his old life, Nana is attacked by a foe from 1955 who has somehow discovered their time travel technique. Nana is convinced that her sister is still alive and suspects that her foe will return to look for her. She asks Kenny to join in her search for Delilah, which will take them to Jim Crow's Charleston. There, Kenny and Nana must navigate Jim Crow lynchings, vengeful curses, and the intricacies of Hoodoo magic. As they search for Delilah and try to keep villains in the past, they learn that changing the past has horrifying implications for the future.

Editorial Review

by Michael Beas

In "Time Conjurer," author Michael Arthur Kennedy takes readers on a captivating journey through time, mixing elements of fantasy, family dynamics, and the mysteries of the supernatural world that captivate the imagination. With a unique blend of vivid storytelling and historical intrigue, Kennedyweaves a tale that delves into the repercussions of altering the past and the power of redemption.

The protagonist, Kenny Lawson, is a psychiatrist in Philadelphia, leading a life burdened by dreams and haunted by premonitions. His existence takes an unexpected turn when his Hoodoo-practicing Nana reveals a secret time travel method known as "flying." Kenny discovers that the little girl from his childhood dreams is Nana's long-lost sister, Delilah, who disappeared in 1955. Encouraged by Nana, he embarks on a quest to find Delilah and unravel the mysteries surrounding her disappearance.

Kennedy skillfully portrays the complex relationship between Kenny and his older brother, exploring the dynamics of sibling rivalry and the enduring impact of childhood traumas. The author's descriptive descriptions allow readers to imagine the transformation Kenny undergoes after altering the course of events in his past, leading to consequences that ripple through time.

As Kenny and Nana navigate the treacherous terrain of Jim Crow's Charleston, Kennedy immerses readers in a world stuck with danger, vengeful curses, and the intricate magic of Hoodoo. The author masterfully captures the historical backdrop of the era, shedding light on the atrocities of racial discrimination and the harrowing realities of the time.

One of the strengths of "Time Conjurer" lies in Kennedy's ability to intertwine supernatural elements with profound moral dilemmas. The narrative explores the implications of altering the past and the ethical consequences that arise from changing the course of history. Through Kenny's journey, readers are faced with thought-provoking questions about the nature of time, the power of choice, and the weight of responsibility.

Kennedy's prose is engaging and evocative, immersing readers in a world that seamlessly blends fantasy and reality. The author's attention to detail and meticulous research create an authentic and immersive experience, bringing the historical setting to life.

"Time Conjurer" is a wonderful tale that transcends genres, offering readers a thought-provoking exploration of time travel, family dynamics, and the profound consequences of altering the past. Michael Arthur Kennedy's skillful storytelling and well-developed characters make this book an enthralling and enlightening read, leaving readers eagerly anticipating future installments in this promising series.


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