Children of Magic
by Martin H. Greenberg
Review by Drew Bittner
DAW Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0756403618
Date: 06 June, 2006 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Among the seventeen original stories penned for this anthology, standouts include "Mr. Death Goes to Washington" by Alan Dean Foster, wherein a 15-year old girl from Minnesota pits her magic (and even more arcane knowledge) against Death himself. Though best known for his novels, Foster has a knack for short stories. Melody Johanssen is a remarkable young sorceress with a great future. And this is (probably) only her first adventure...
"Touching Faith" by Alexander B. Potter explores the idea of healing from the inside. Evan Trevalyan is only in the third grade but daydreams about how best to use the abilities he knows he has, even when his school teachers and counselors think he needs to attend a special school. How little they know. Evan's story will resonate with any kid who felt his parents didn't understand what special means.
In "An End to All Things", Karina Sumner-Smith tells the story of Xhea, whose gift for entropy locks her out of the living magic that powers her home city. When she comes across a singular ghost, she must discover why this ghost is such an anomaly--a discovery that will liberate Xhea from her own ghostlike existence.
Nancy Holder offers a poignant coming-of-age tale in "The Winter of Our Discontent," while Jean Rabe provides a crash course in "Basic Mathgic" by following the magical adventures of Drew and Scotty. Nina Kiriki Hoffman shows the struggles of a not-so-ordinary family trying to come to terms with a child's wish and an elf's magic in "The Weight of Wishes". And there are many more.
Fantasy and science fiction readers know they can expect more than their money's worth from any Greenberg anthology, and this is surely no exception. Readers looking for some great storytelling about remarkable children need look no further.