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The Magi

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Thirteen-year-old Elijah Hawk has never heard of the Magi. He knows nothing about their three thousand-year-old secret. He has never been to Savenridge, the Magi city hidden deep inside the northern woods. Most of all, Elijah is unaware of the dangers … see full wiki

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Honor, integrity, magic and the power of observation

  • Nov 30, 2011
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The Magi is the first of author Kevin M. Turner’s The Magi Series, with book two, The Sphere, coming soon. The story, aimed at younger teens, tells of an ordinary boy, Elijah, from the perfect family, who is suddenly orphaned and whisked away to boarding school. Elijah’s father dies saving his life. His uncle suddenly deserts him. And his school-teachers torment and mortify him. When the only teacher he likes disappears, Elijah’s almost ready to give up, but there are adventures aplenty in store and all sorts of mysteries to be solved.

Soon Elijah and his new friends are struggling to master the elements and putting their ideals on the line to rescue strangers. They study, make mistakes, and learn, while the school term passes and threats of war dismay. At the end of term Elijah looks forward with hope, as do readers, to next year’s joys.

The author’s dialog, particularly between Elijah and his sister, is very convincing. The world of the Magi and their interaction with ours is nicely imagined and described in authoritative detail. And the story, with its plot and nicely timed lessons, is well-told. Some details and explanations might overwhelm an impatient young reader, but reminders are often well-placed to guide them back into the tale. This should certainly be a fun series, and I’m curious to see where it goes. The blend of light and dark with pleasing characters choosing paths somewhere in between is nicely done and the lessons of loyalty, integrity and honor are well-drawn and well-learned. A good teen novel to start an intriguing series.
 
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review

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