When Marcus's grandparents decide it would be good for him and his twin sister, Ellie, to tend the family business, a magic shop, the children are thrown into a world that they never knew existed. Not only is the family business a front, but Marcus learns that he has been marked as a dead man from the time he was born.
Marcus tries to develop his powers before the Dun-Bahr find him and assimilate the magic he was born with. Will he and his sister survive? Will they find their parents? First they must discover the secret his grandparents have been keeping from them all these years. It all comes down to what's hidden at the magic shop.
©2016 Justin Swapp (P)2016 Justin Swapp
In a sense this is two reviews, one of the story and one of my first time experience with an audible book.
First, the story. As I started listening to the story of Marcus and Ellie I wondered if I had chosen a book from the teen-reader section. A couple of chapters into the book reassured me that Justin had indeed created a new world of wonder and adventure that was well suited to more mature readers of fantasy. The book starts as the two hero's are leaving high school and finding their place in the grown-up world of their caregivers - their grandparents. They are quickly, and innocently thrust into the world of real magic - disguised as mundane trickery and slight-of-hand. Their journey takes them into a very well developed universe of good and not so good where magic is currency and is spent as such - sometimes to dark means. Be forewarned, the story is not finished as it comes to the end.
Second, this is the first audible book I've listened to, my thanks to Justin for the experience. The story is well narrated by Steven Barnes, he captures the spirit of the story and it is hard to believe there are not a dozen people reading for the different characters. To listen to the story being read takes around 9 hours (I didn't find out I could speed it up a bit until I was 8 hours into it - duh), and I kept thinking that I could likely read the story myself in 2 or 3 - but I certainly couldn't have read it while driving to work and it did make the commute go very quickly. This will not be my last audible book - thanks for the heads up and the experience!
This was such a great book. The characters really came alive through the narration of the Audible audio version narrated by Steve Barnes. I wish I had listened to this one with my kids because I know they would have enjoyed it immensely. I'll have to play it again on a car trip. This book has a great story line, lots of action, and lots of twists. It kept me engaged to the end. The narrator was wonderful. I hope to listen to more book read by Steve Barnes, and I can't wait until the next book in this series is available.
Great for all ages. Entertaining. Unexpected twists.
The Magic Shop - The Shadow Magic Series Book 1 by Justin Swapp and narrated by Steve Barnes. I listened to the audio version of this book. This is a great story for adults and / or children. The audio version is 11 ½ hours of pure entertainment. Magic, adventures, action and unexpected twists will keep you listening to this story.
The main characters are Marcus and Ellie who live with their grandparents over their magic shop. The children don’t believe in real magic YET. But they soon discover the hidden room when they see their grandfather enter it (he does not know they are watching him). Without revealing any of the twists, I am sure you will want to read Book 2 to hear more of their adventures.
An original story. Entertaining.
The Magic Shop is an exciting story filled with twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end! The characters are personable and easy to relate to. An extremely fun read for all ages!
Steve Barnes did a great job in bringing the characters of The Magic Shop to life!
Can't wait for book two!
Billed as a young-adult title, but anyone would enjoy it. Actually my favorite YA novel since The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. It's going to be a series too, it looks like. I'll definitely be reading the next one. Well-performed too!
Quiet man who enjoy Audible Audio-books as a way to escape from the world each day. They provide an excellent soundtrack for my daily walks.
I loved that there were many moral questions involved for the use of magic and consequences involved in the way it was used. The characters had to make choices and face the realities of those choices.
Caleb. He appeared to be a minor character and really he was but as the story goes on you see the sacrifice that he made early in life to try and stop his brother and the cost. He was a true tragic hero.
The car ride to the state hospital the children do not want to go visit their relatives. The listener has no idea of who or what is coming and the children are still being bratty self involved teens. It is funny and such a good commentary on society.
When the children are finally told the truth about their parents. It was shocking and sad.
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