REVIEW by Lorna: The Lightning Charmer by Kathryn Magendie (@katmagendie,@Mollykatie112)

He brought down the sky for her.

In the deep hollows and high ridges of the ancient Appalachian mountains, a legacy of stunning magic will change their lives forever.

Laura is caught between the modern and the mystical, struggling to lead a normal life in New York despite a powerful psychic connection to her childhood home in North Carolina-and to the mysterious stranger who calls her name. She’s a synesthete-someone who mentally “sees” and “tastes” splashes of color connected to people, emotions, and things. She’s struggled against the distracting ability all her life; now the effects have grown stronger. She returns home to the mountains, desperate to resolve the obsessive pull of their mysteries.

But life in her mountain community is far from peaceful. An arsonist has the town on edge, and she discovers Ayron, scarred and tormented, an irresistible recluse who rarely leaves the forest. As her childhood memories of him surface, the façade of her ordinary world begins to fade. The knots she’s tied around her heart and her beliefs start unraveling. Ayron has never forgotten her or the meaning of their astonishing bond. If his kind is to survive in modern times, he and Laura must face the consequences of falling in love.


This book tells the story of Laura, a synesthete, a person who mentally sees things in colors, for example, colors attached to emotions or people. This means she can pretty much tell exactly how people are really feeling about anything. When she was little, she met a little half white and half Indian boy, that grew up on the mountain near her small town. This put in motion events that would effect her for the rest of her life.

What I liked about this book:

The premise is really different. Laura, as a synesthete, is not the only magic in this book. The Indian, now a man named Aryon, is able to summon lightning and can control it. He is a recluse and still lives on the mountain and lives off the land. And he has loved Laura since he was a little boy.

I liked the mystery in the story and the magical( good or bad) things that were happening around Laura at every turn. It was all pretty different from most books of this type. There’s an arsonist at work in the small town and that’s where the mystery comes in to the story.Knowing that Aryon controls lightning and could easily cause fires keeps the reader wondering, did he or didn’t he?

I liked the romance in the story. Although part of the story involves a really not so nice man named Matthew, that Laura dates, you know that she is just waiting to find the mountain man she glimpses on one of her hikes up the mountain.

What I didn’t like about this book:

The personality of Laura was really different and I thought she was acting pretty goofy at times. Then when she starts dating someone, he tells her he thought she was kind of a goof. I agreed with him. So i didn’t really totally connect with her. She constantly is thinking when she should be listening to people that are talking to her. To me, she was pretty strange, but at least she wasn’t a cookie cutter character.

The only other thing I didn’t like was that it took so long for Laura to re-connect with Aryon. There was much more interaction between her and Matthew, when I would have rather seen more interaction between her and Aryon.

Who I would recommend this book to:

It’s definitely for adults but more specifically, adults that like books with magical occurrences. Also people that enjoy mountain stories, or even stories with Indian legends, might enjoy this, as long as they don’t mind that it is an extremely adult read.

the-lightning-charmer-coverTHE LIGHTNING CHARMER

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