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Meet the Characters – Gavon McKinnon

When my mom was reading Spells and Sorcery, she asked me who Gavon McKinnon is based on. In truth, he’s really not based on anyone. But he’s exactly who Lexie needs the night she finds out about magic. Panicking, Lexie’s eager for any kind of normalcy, and Gavon, with his dockers and salt-and-pepper hair, has just the right amount of humor and intelligence to bring her back down.

Without spoiling too much, Gavon is a smart man, and someone who loves to learn about what the world has to offer. To Lexie, he’s genuinely kind and concerned about her well-being. Although Lexie doesn’t listen to him all the time, his is the voice of reason she comes to listen to.

UNFORTUNATELY, I can’t say too much more about him without spoiling some major plot twists. So here’s his aesthetic. Do with it what you will.

Gavon McKinnon is the mysterious stranger who teaches Lexie about magic.

Side note: I always have a hard time figuring out who I’d pick as people, and Gavon’s no exception. But Gerard Butler with more beard and more gray might just work…


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Magic and Mayhem, book 2 in the Lexie Carrigan ChroniclesAt the start of her senior year of high school, Lexie Carrigan is focused on two things–getting accepted to the college of her dreams and keeping her sisters safe. But when Gavon’s apprentice, James Riley, appears on the first day of school, all of Lexie’s well-laid plans of having a normal senior year go out the window.

James says he’s there to learn, but Lexie doesn’t trust him, and she refuses to make another colossal mistake like she did with Gavon. Despite her best efforts, an unlikely friendship blossoms in the sparring ring, and James proves an adversary unlike any she’s faced before: one she understands.

Magic and Mayhem is the sequel to Spells and Sorcery, a young adult contemporary fantasy from author S. Usher Evans.

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