The characters instantly grabbed my attention; the author describes them in a comical way, their magician “nicknames” just leaves it up to you to decipher why they are called that. The uniqueness of the characters sums up that this book would be a light and entertaining read. I already wanted to see what exactly this novel would unveil in the first chapter.
Although this may seem like just another magician novel, keep going and all will show that it has a whole other dimension to it.
The novel takes an unusual turn, as more characters begin to present themselves, more aspects are revealed. It can be difficult at first to connect, the almost absurdity of it all.
Simon, one of the characters unsuspectingly goes to a house where he appears to be killed, only to discover he is chosen to be a magician’s apprentice. Suffice to say, quite a humorous notion, which does appear to be an underlying theme. Comedy throughout the book.
An interesting turn of events takes place, not really sure where it is going to lead you me, but feeling that the two sets of masters and scriptlings are soon going to meet. I began to learn more about their way of life, and the unusual habits. Slowly the storyline grew on me, almost appearing that what is happening is perfectly realistic.
An interesting connection with computers and magic, how easy one could potentially destroy the other, I wonder…
An ominous tone is set, after a death implications are not seen by anyone. But a mixture of guilt and suspicion begins to wreck havoc among the characters. Each storyline merging with the others. Each chapter unveiling something new, gradually connecting the dotes.
The novel contains a lot of unique spell codes, revealing that this author has a good imagination, whether by plenty of research, or by his own interpretation, it is easy to get lost among this code.
Each chapter is labeled with each character’s name, so I got a good sense of each individual character, without having to figure who the scenes are jumping too. It helps to establish their unique voices in the story.
An interesting aspect is the inner voices two of the characters have that help them on their journey of discovery, or some way is another persona.
The characters create wit with their words and actions, learning along the way.
An interlude that occurs with a tribe that wanders and fathers magicians, with each interlude something more is revealed. At first it may seem these parts don’t really seem to contribute much, but as I read more it soon revealed a great deal and how this tribe impacts on the characters.
The reality of when someone is dishonest or not telling the whole truth causes sad and lasting consequences, an underlying principle there. As connections are pieced together and how it would seem fate had intervened.
The final interlude was enlightening, and admittedly unexpected. At times it was difficult to follow, but finally things began to make sense. Bringing all the characters together to expose the final event.
Ever wanted to learn about magic, read this book. All the spells you need. Full of humour, magic and colourful characters that reveal that in so many cases it is the one you lest suspect. Trust your instincts.
Usually not my type of book, but I personally enjoyed it. It’s nice to read something that doesn’t take life too seriously.
3 1/2 / 5 stars