Familiar Path by A. M. Burns reviewed by A. T. Weaver
At the beginning, Familiar Path seems all too familiar. A young person reaches a certain age and strange things happen. Sounds like Harry Potter and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. However, that is only the beginning. From there, it branches out to an enjoyable read for young people.
Lugh McNeal doesn’t know he was named for a Celtic God or that his birthday falls on the Pagan holiday of Lughnasadh.
He and his mother just moved from sunny Florida to Steamboat Springs, CO. after the death of his father.
On his fifteenth birthday, he wakes to an overwhelming urge to go to the river. There with the aid of a local teenager, Wyn, he rescues a gray kitten that was thrown into the raging current.
It turns out the kitten is the offspring of a cat belonging to the owner of a local magic shop who turns out to be his father’s sister of whom Lugh had no knowledge. She informs him his father was a Magus. She also tells him the kitten is apparently his familiar and that two of his littermates have been killed.
Lugh is surprised to find he has family he never knew including a cousin, Abby, who is his age. His Aunt Catherine and Abby begin teaching him how to harness his newfound powers and abilities.
As Lugh bonds with Bran, the kitten, they uncover a group of Shadow Magi who are out to destroy the Magi of Light.
It was just a year ago Lugh told his parents he thought he liked boys more than girls. He feels an attraction to Wyn but isn’t sure of the other boy’s feelings.
This is an exciting, delightful book and I look forward to reading more about the adventures of Lugh, Wyn, Abby and Bran.
A.M. Burns lives in the Colorado Rockies with his partner, several dogs, cats, horses, and birds.
When he’s not writing, he’s often fixing fences, splitting wood, hiking in the mountains, or flying his hawks.
As of January 2013 he is the president of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group: http://www.csfwg.org
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