Fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl will be familiar with the fact that the heroine of that book, Cath, wrote Harry Potter fan fiction. Cath’s fan fiction is now a book titled Carry On. A fun take on a Draco/Harry pairing, this is the story of Simon and his hero Baz who inhabit a place where sayings and song titles are spells and vampires and magicians attend a magical school called Watfords.
Here too villain and hero find their fates are tied. The prophecy says, “And one will come to end us. And one will bring his fall”. Simon Snow is the Chosen One- or so he has been told. Chosen to be the “the one who brings his fall”. It seems odd, though, that the chosen one can barely control his magic. He either can’t work a spell or he works it so powerfully everything around him explodes. His magic is often uncomfortable and dangerous to those around him. The Humdrum is “the one who comes to end us”. A powerful being draining the magic from their world he seems to be doing a pretty good job of kicking Simon’s ass.
Fortunately, Simon isn’t facing the monster alone. There is also The Mage.
He’s the headmaster. And he’s more than that—he’s the head of the Coven, so technically, he’s in charge of the whole World of Mages.
And Penelope, Simon’s best friend and the brightest, most powerful girl in the school helps, too.
Penelope’s mum is Indian, and her dad is English—actually, they’re both English; the Indian side of her family has been in London for ages. She told me later that her parents had told her to steer clear of me at school. “My mum said that nobody really knew where you came from. And that you might be dangerous.”
“Why didn’t you listen to her?” I asked.
“Because nobody knew where you came from, Simon! And you might be dangerous!”
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