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on Jan. 10, 2012 :
Ever since the popularity of Harry Potter, there are many new novels for middle school children, especially boys on the market. The Magi is one such book. Our hero, Elijah begins the book as a regular teenager, with regular parents and the big sister who loves to bug him but really does love him. It is only after his parents are killed in a horrific multiple murder, that he comes to discover that there is something special about him and his family.
The novel recounts his journey of discovery as the four areas of magic – earth, wind, water and fire. He finds his own magic for water and begins to develop this talent. Elijah also learns that there are two types of magicians in the world, those who wish to live in peace and those who wish to take the world for their own and destroy those without magical abilities. The latter killed his parents and now wish to take him as well – to destroy or to kill, it is not clear.
The only time I was a bit confused was when Elijah and his friends are saved by a miraculous earthquake. I didn’t really like the explanation given and would have liked it much better if it had been explained as Elijah using his powers without even knowing it.
Each of the main characters’ personalities are well developed and even though this novel is a fantasy, it is strangely believable. I loved how the author explained how those who work magic are connected to the earth’s elements. The water is described as calm and wanted to collect together, to pool itself. Fire is described as destructive, wanting to spread itself out.
I am looking forward to reading more of Mr. Turner’s work.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 29, 2011 :
Very good, keeps you interested the whole time and is very well written. : )
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Nov. 17, 2011 :
This book had me turning pages and wanting more from cover to cover. I love the way Turner has taken our world and added just enough fantasy to keep it believable. The world draws you in and you find yourself wanting to be a part of this new place. There is great character development and you really care about the people in the book. Turner also keeps the plot moving well. There are some pretty tense moments and the whole thing ties together in the end. I didn't feel like any of the book was slow or lagged. In fact, I loved the mellow times of training and making friends just as much as the action. The book is written for young adult readers, so it is an easy and enjoyable read. There is an opening for a second book- and I, for one, can't wait to get my hands on it.
If you liked Harry Potter, or the Chronicles of Narnia, this book will not disappoint.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 16, 2011 :
Rated at YA it kept this grandmother interested right to the end. Its a fun fast paced read that keeps you looking for what is next.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)