Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
Beautifully read, incredible word artistry. I snatched this up when found it available and fell in love again. Its a children's book in the same sense that "The Giver" is for children. It leaves you wanting more of the magic.
So this book nicely follows Book 1 and if you liked it, you will probably like this too. The plot is more complex, a little more violent magic... but a lot more courage, teamwork and character shown by the group of friends. This time the evil magician is Belinda White's "wants to rule the world" brother... who also uses groups of children from the arcade... given gifts of magic enhancers to accomplish tasks he can't do himself. What kid doesn't want to fly? Parents concerns are this time reduced by Cheese Nachos rather than White Chocolate. I liked the narration better and although I still wasn't as an adult fully engaged... I think the tween population will really enjoy. I like Brandon Mulls creative mind.
This book is listed on Audible at a very low price... a teaser to get you hooked into the series. Brandon has done a wonderful job at making it a complete book... so you can be content stopping with the one... or go on to follow friends from this book onto the next. It is more than worth every penny and I did go on to buy the next. I think kids 9-13 would find it exciting and creative... there is dangerous magic and some magical violence... kinda like the middle Harry Potter books, but it doesn't feel dark and the main characters after being sucked into the plot and making bad choices with consequences... creatively work their way out with desire to make things right. As an adult... I wasn't completely engaged and listened more to know what I was giving... but I am not the intended audience and I think it is a rah for kids.