The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.
©2005 Angie Sage; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Deliciously spellbinding." (Kirkus Reviews)
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.)
And it just felt flat, regurgitated meat from better books. Perhaps it gets better but I didn't make it far past the garbage shoot as it all felt too derivative.
Poked out my ear dums
Can't blame the fellow for trying hard, but his over-the-top enthusiasm for this pablum is about as palatable as a super saturated sugar solution.
All of them
Hopelessly trite and derivative
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.
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