Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
joshhaynes56 would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

A Touch of Magic

By joshhaynes56 All Rights Reserved ©

Thriller / Fantasy

The Calm Before the Storm

It was a beautiful, sunny day, as usual, in the city of Eden. Now Eden isn’t a typical city, there aren’t any skyscrapers or factories spreading smoke into the air. There’s one road that leads from the one gate Eden has, then off into the distance connecting it with the town of Marhelm, they give Eden supplies we can’t make for ourselves, although there haven’t been any deliveries in three months. Other than that Eden is completely self-sustained; solar power for the few building that actually require it, rainwater storages larger than houses, and a large forest to the west of the village that is full of game that can’t be found in the farms, that’s where I come in. I work in the largest of the three farms in Eden.  In these farms we have over sixty cows, thirty pigs and a countless amount of chickens that just appear as one great mass of feathers, over three acres of corn, wheat and cane fields and four mills. I am part of a team of thousands that work in the farm. Our job is one of the most important but for some reason it doesn’t feel like it. Anyway, on one particular morning I was on my way to work when Mr Bayes from next door stopped me on my way out the door. Mr Bayes wasn’t the slimmest of men and had a beard that smelt of a strange mix of incense and blue cheese, it made by nose wrinkle. “Good morning Tom, how are you today?”

Even though we didn’t like each other, politeness is the most important of values in our society. “I’m feeling wonderful today, Eugene, what seems to be the trouble?”

He frowned, probably at the thought of me feeling good, “I wanted to know if you had any spare time to come and fix the fence at the back of my house? A wild boar ran from the forest out the back and smashed right through the blasted thing.”

 I sighed, when Mr Bayes asks for me to do something it isn’t a question. “I’d be happy to do it, Eugene. I’ll swing by this afternoon, before the Yearly Gathering.”

Mr Bayes smiled, “I’ll pay you for it of course, but I do expect the job to be done before you go wandering off to the Gathering.”

 I nodded, something wasn’t rights though, a boar shouldn’t have been able to get in because there’s a metal fence that separates the forest from the city… “Of course Mr Bayes, well, I must be off I’m afraid I’m late for work.” And with that I spun on my heels and set off to the Farm.


My day at the Farm consists of egg collection, milk collection and fertilising. Technically fertilising is a rotating job but I always end up with it because no one else wants it and I’m too polite to say no. I would’ve changed jobs long ago if it wasn’t for spending time with the most beautiful woman I have ever seen, Katherine. As I’m pulling on my overalls she walks up behind me, I know she’s there without turning, I can smell the scent of roses as soon as she walks through the door.

“How are you today, Tom?” She gives me a heart melting smile that makes my knees wobbly.

“I’m great,” I smile “as always.” I add with a slight touch of sarcasm.

She nods, “I take it your coming to the Gathering tonight?”

My smile dropped, “Well, I might be able to make it, but I promised to fix Mr Bayes back fence.”

She looked disappointed, “Well that’s unfortunate. I was really hoping to see you there.”

 I nodded, “Well I need to finish the fence first, I made a promise.”

Suddenly her face lit up, “I know, I can help you fix the fence and you’ll be done in half the time, I can get James to come and help too.”

 I shifted uncomfortably, “Well, it would be good to have some help, but I don’t want you guys to go out of your way.”

 She laughed, “Helping you isn’t out of my way, it’s no trouble at all.” The bell sounded signalling us to get to our job stations so I said a quick goodbye to Kate and moved on.
Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Kasei Bulloch: At the beginning I wasn't very into the story but I kept reading and was more hooked than I was with Battle of the Wills. All of a sudden I had devoured chapter after chapter then the book was over. I am dying for The Compact. Please help a girl out!

Diyfamilygarden: This is one of the best books I've ever read! The characters, the unique love and everything else in this book is so well written that it feels like you're there! Like you can see it with your own eyes! J.K.Rowling can watch out, this fantasy book is just as good as the Harry Potter books, maybe ...

Shifa Gohar: this book is my first on inkitt and I love it thoroughly...but i guess this is not the end. The characters were amazing the plot too. At times it scared me more than a horror movie would. Love the plot something i had not read in a while.

Oru Manna: Within this tale is a cast of characters with intensely unique voices and personas; each one radiating their own desires so clearly, you would think they were all written by different people. Their behaviors, their speech patterns, even their thoughts are so independent of one another, it really ...

ritafullerton: This book had me hooked at the beginning. I loved the premise of the book. The grammar was a bit off. But the book was overall good. I am not sure if this is the authors first book but I look forward to seeing more from this author.

ernbelle: When I first started this story I was a little unsettled by all of the information that appears in the prologue, and wasn't sure if I would continue. However, I am very glad I did. The plot was very well thought out and really interesting. There were not any page breaks or markers to acknowledge ...

GeorgeS: The author has a VERY refreshingly direct writing style. Sometimes being punched in the gut (or nose, as the case may be) can be an excellent thing, indeed. Whatever may be lacking in subtlety is more than made up for in the diamond clarity of character development. I look forward to MORE. I c...

catd69: Karim is a very talented writer. When I started reading his journey it took me into the book and I was in the story till the end. I've never felt this way with any other writers stories. If you want to read a gripping adventure, this will be the one book I would suggest you pick.

Spring: I normally don't read fiction novels, but I absolutely enjoyed reading Silent Shadows! The style is quite different from the previous fiction novels I've attempted to read. Great job!

More Recommendations

Sara Grover: Being that this is your first story and I assume first draft, a lot of little mistakes are common, we all have made them; little things like your instead of you're, missed capitalization, missing punctuation, etc. As for the plot, I have a lot of questions and I did leave comments on certain sect...

softprose: Honestly, this book already has me on my toes, I can't wait to buy the physical copy! It is like a fresh breath of air when reading this. I've already fallen in love with all of the characters! This will be one of those books I'll read over and over again without getting bored of it.

JWalker: I loved this story from start to finish! It flows at a really nice pace and the story world feels so real. The fight sequences are a treat especially when Isanfyre is training to become a warrior. I found the names really cool and thankfully easy to pronounce. Personally I have always struggled w...

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral stories!
King's Lament

FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"

The Cyneweard

Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral story!
Spectra

Ro-Ange Olson: "Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward."