What if what we think of as “magic” is real? Not the anything-is-possible sorcery of Harry Potter, but the control of a natural energy to cure illness . . . to “fly” . . . or to kill?
What does having that ability do to people? What happens if we discover them living in secret among us?
In FINDING MAGIC, Ailia, a healer, has that ability. So do the clans made up of her kin that hide from normal society, fearing persecution. And so does Gabriel River, a man who “sees” when people lie and has been isolated by his otherness since childhood.
Ailia is a woman who loves too much. Crushed by grief when her beloved husband is killed, she aims to end her life--but a pit bull of a Homeland Security agent discovers her “difference” and charges into pursuit.
Fleeing to protect her kin, Ailia draws Gabe into her escape. He learns that he and his five-year-old son share the lineage that gives Ailia her abilities, a gift that’s driving Gabe’s son into autism. Ailia’s heart goes out to the child, and her desire for life returns.
But then a clan leader, seeking revenge for the murder of his son by ordinary people, creates a plague to wipe out non-clan humankind. With Homeland Security closing fast, only Ailia, with Gabe’s help, can stop the plague. She’s forced to choose between living while others die and sacrificing her newfound life to save humanity from a gruesome death.
Too many people roaming around to make this easy to follow. Give us the main person. If she's got magical abilities why does she fear persecution? Surely she can just blister any enemies with a sneer? --oh wait..thats Miss Snark! I meant to say blister her enemies with a wave of her hand.
And you've got a lot of bad guys: homeland security, rival clan leader, a plague.
I'm not sure what "real magic" is exactly and this doesn't help me figure it out. ( I know poodles can fly; I've seen it. And if you think people can't fly you haven't seen Miss Snark on the rope line for the red carpet at: Oceans 11, Oceans 12, syriana, the good german,the perfect storm, good night and good luck..well, you get the idea.)
You said "what does having that ability do to people" but we don't see anything about what it's like.