Finn Gramaraye was framed for the crime of dark necromancy at the age of fifteen, when the surviving victim of a dark ritual was found in his bedroom. Convicted and exiled to the Other Realm for twenty-five years-twenty-five years as a disembodied soul, tormented by the Others-Finn is now being set free. But his return is met with a magical attack on his escorts, and he finds the body of the woman he was accused of attacking all those years before, freshly murdered with necromancy-the perfect frame job. Finn has only a few days to discover who is so desperate to keep him out of the mortal world, and find enough evidence to prove it to Arcane Enforcers who already view him as a criminal. Unfortunately, his family is little help. Father has become a mad magical inventor. Brother Mort fears that Finn wants to take over the family business. Sister Samantha is now a jaded hacker who is allergic to magic. And simple, but sweet, brother Pete still believes he's a werewolf because of a childhood dog bite. Finn is joined by Zeke, a former Arcane Enforcer and fellow exile seeking to prove himself worthy of returning to duty-even if that means proving Finn guilty. Together they will battle magical creatures, family drama, and the challenges of Finn's love life as they race to solve the mystery of who wants Finn returned to exile, and why. First-time novelist Randy Henderson spins out his tale of the magical and dangerous Arcane world that exists alongside our own in a voice that is charming, quirky, and altogether engaging.
Randy Henderson is a 1st place winner of Writers of the Future, a Clarion West graduate, and member of SFWA and Codex. His short fiction has appeared in places like Penumbra, Escape Pod, and Realms of Fantasy, as well as anthologies.