Even though I'm adult, and had a good idea on where the plot twist was going, this book was so much fun to listen to. I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel.
The story was a lot of fun, but I didn't like the narrator's tendency to quaver his voice all the time. It often sounds like he's about to start crying but it's not really appropriate for all of the situations.
I was swept away from the very first spoken word! Being a Harry Potter fan I did not think I would ever find another story that could capture my imagination so completely and keep me wanting more - Bravo!!!!
The story shamelessly steals from Harry Potter, themes like the 10th birthday, characters and even some character names! The whole thing is disjointed. The prose is written more simply than Harry Potter making it irritating to listen to. I deleted it from my iPhone.
This review is for adults who enjoy smart, fascinating, imaginative 'children's' books. This is NOT one of those. I decided to give this a try because more than one reviewer compared it to Pullman's His Dark Materials. I can't imagine why. 'Magyk' is a silly kiddies book, comparable to something like 'Inkheart', not 'The Amber Spyglass' or even Harry Potter.
It's well read and I'm sure the tots will enjoy it, but that's about it.
(Admittedly I could not bare to listen to more than half of this book, so perhaps it takes a magical turn toward interesting later on. But considering the childish style, predictable storyline and flat characters, I sincerely doubt it.)
Possibly good for a child but not anywhere near the quality of the Pullman series or many other good YA stories. The writing tends toward descriptions of actions with poor character development. It should be of little interest to anyone over the age of 12.