Let’s be honest. There’s lots of fairy stories out there. If you’ve read them, if you’ve read urban fantasy like The Dresden Files or the Iron Druid Chronicles, there will be lots in Flicker that will seem familiar to you. But! There’s still a fascinating story that Kaye Thornbrugh has woven through the familiar to make this a very unique journey.
Lee, a high school student, goes missing at a party. She wandered into another world, a world filled with fairies. Years later, she is rescued by Nasser, a Seer, who brings her back to her world. Flicker is about Lee’s return to our world, a world she now realizes is filled with magic. Magic that her new friends Nasser and Filo can use, and perhaps she can as well.
Flicker is urban fantasy, but it isn’t jam packed with action like some. It’s a very character driven story. In fact, one of the only criticisms of the novel I have is that there is a lot of jumping between characters in the beginning. By the end of the novel, you know the characters well enough that this isn’t bothersome, but it does take a bit to get acclimated to each different character’s voice.
Flicker has some romantic plot points, but it isn’t a paranormal romance. Instead, it’s very much a coming of age story of friends, magic, and discovery.
I had a chance to meet Thornbrugh at WorldCon in Spokane this year, and I knew right away that Flicker was something I wanted to read. I’m excited to check out Brightly, the sequel.
If all of this hasn’t swayed you, the Kindle edition of Flicker is free on Amazon. (Would still recommend it if it wasn’t!) But hey, you should check it out. It's a fun read.