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Reviewed by Kris Moger for Readers' Favorite
Magic is All Around Us by Gary Green is the first book of The Rebecca Pendragon Trilogy. The main character is a young girl named Rebecca, who lost her father when she was young and just lost her mother in a car accident. Now an orphan, she goes to live with her grandmother on a 160-acre farm in the country. Overshadowed by her grief, she finds herself drawn into a world of magic and mystery, and discovers secrets about her family that lead her to question every practical reality she knows, including the death of her mother. Surrounded by a loyal group of friends and dangerous enemies, she struggles to accept her new role in the world of magic and stay alive.
Although Magic is All Around Us might seem too innocent to readers who love violent vengeance, I found it to be refreshing. Gary Green has created a ‘feel good’ tale filled with magic and imagination. He draws on characters from fables and myths like Merlin and Pan, building an interesting new Camelot that hearkens back to the wonderful, more straight ahead fantasies I loved as a teenager. There is goodness here too, and healing which breaks the trend of miserable endings where everyone must die. The characters are well-rounded and personable, engaging and easy to root for, and the writing is vivid. In all, it is an adventure soaked in magic and imagination that I enjoyed reading from start to finish. For anyone who loves magic, this is a book to try.