It Happened One Doomsday
by Laurence MacNaughton
Review by Gayle Surrette
Pyr Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781633881877
Date: 12 July 2016 List Price $18.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
There are several ways of dealing with magic in a modern world. In some novels everyone knows magic exists, and in others magic exists but its hidden and only those who either can use magic or those who stumble upon it know it is real. In the world of It Happened One Doomsday, magic exists, but only those who deal with it know about it.
Dru Jassper owns The Crystal Connection where she sells crystals and related new age items. She doesn't have any real powers of her own but she can use crystals in various ways, create potions, and do research for those who have the ability to wield power. She barely ekes out a living, but she loves being involved in the magical community.
It was a normal day in her shop until a tall, handsome, mechanic walks in needing help because nightmares are keeping him from sleeping. Dru listens to his description of the dream and thinks it reminds her of something. When she tries a crystal and the circuit breaker in the shop blows, and the customer's eyes glow red, she knows something more than bad dreams is happening.
Research indicates that his dream is a glimpse of an apocalyptic future and the end of humanity. Dru and Greyson must work together to figure out how to stop the end of the world. Adding a bit of tension is that Greyson doesn't believe in magic, but he can't deny strange things seem to be happening to him. Dru also has a boyfriend, Nate, who is a dentist, and is even more skeptical than Greyson, and seems to express his disbelief frequently and with gusto to Dru -- belittling her work and her shop.
Dru is an amazing character. She'd love to be a practitioner but being able to have a small part in helping those who have the ability helps to ease the pain of not being able to do magic herself. On the other hand, she grew up moving frequently and dreams of stability and being normal. Once Greyson comes into her life she has her whole world turned upside down. As you've probably guessed, no one else believes that doomsday is coming in spite of all the signs -- not even the actual sorcerers who have power. The sorcerers either believe it is impossible to stop or that the world deserves it and so why bother.
On the other hand Dru can't give up. She'll work with Greyson and a couple of friends to do what they can, for as long as they can, because someone has to.
The story pulls you in as the characters are so fresh and crisply drawn. The world is unraveling and yet there's plenty of comedy as well as lots of action and tension. This is the kind of book you want to read in a single sitting since the action just keeps on coming page after page with no real good stopping point. I'd advise keeping it for a weekend read. And a note of warning, you'll probably laugh out loud at times -- I did.