Imprisoned together in a decrepit cell, Wisty and Whit cling to the only things they have left - a blank book, a drum stick, and each other. While searching for ways to escape, both begin exhibiting strange abilities. Maybe there is a reason they were singled out!
Can Wisty and Whit, a witch and a wizard, master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents - and maybe the world?
From James Patterson, the creator of the best-selling Maximum Ride and Daniel X novels, comes Witch and Wizard, his most terrifying and awe-inspiring series yet.
©2009 James Patterson; (P)2009 Hachette
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If you are a Harry Potter fan, you may be very interested in this story. If you are not, you will still appreciate the good writing and fine narration.
This excerpt was a detailed introduction to a series of books about a brother and sister who have newly discovered magical abilities. At the beginning of the story, Whit and Wisty believe they are ordinary teenagers. When their home is raided at night by people intent on their capture they learn they will be tried - and possibly executed - for practicing witchcraft. This seems absurd, until they begin to discover that they do have powers that ordinary teens don't have. Imprisoned, they must rely on each other, a few mysterious objects given to them by their parents, and their unfamiliar powers to try to escape.
While this hour long excerpt held my attention, I wouldn't say that it hooked me. I am not going to rush out and buy the series because I'm just dying to know what happens. I would probably listen to the series if it went on sale, but it is not at the top of my list of books to purchase. Others who really enjoy stories of magic teens will feel differently, since this story has the potential to evolve into a modern day Harry Potter series.
\m/ Austin, TX
I was really getting tied of some of these authors' word choices and sentence structures. Having older and/or educated characters who curse like sails and even use term like BTW/ OMG/ WTF. These are distracting and make me feel like I'm reading some high school student's diary. I am elated to finally have a syfy story that reads closer to Orson Scott Card. What I mean is this, any time you can read a script and say "Wow, what a good word" or open your computer up to research something pertaining to the book, it's worth my time and money. I only got an 1.5 hr. into this book, but I'm buying the whole book now. It might be small compared to other books, but well worth it. The only thing I wish was a bit different is the speed of the of events, but like I said ... I have only gotten an hr. into the book, that might change.
Audiobooks are my drug of choice
I ended up listening to the whole book and although it had some interesting parts, it did not do it for me. The ending was so hurried, lots of things were not explained enough. Unless it is going to be a series, I would not waste a credit on the whole book. The narration was excellent, though.
Narration: Spencer and Elijah take turns doing the narrations; it appears every other chapter is in first person but 1 the sister, the other the brother. There is also some radio theater type musical in the background. It’s all nicely done.
So this is an excerpt from Book One of the Witch & Wizard series – It was free, and I’m pretty certain I would never purchase the book based on the cover jacket alone. If anything was going to change that fact would be this free excerpt – but all it did was prove to me that this series just wasn’t for me.
It’s not really bad, it sounds interesting, the concept is scary to the point it’s not really an enjoyable topic for reading for relaxing. The “new order” has taken over and they are rounding up anyone that might be going against the new world order and killing them, this includes all people of faith, artists, and those that practice the “foul” arts such as witchcraft. All in the name of the great good, etc.
In this book, we get the back and forth first person perspective of a brother and sister who have been arrested for being a wizard and witch. They are taken from their home in the middle of the night. They are allowed to take one item each and their parents give one a book that appears blank and the other a drum stick.
(Pardon the pet peeve type rant below)
Side note on this taking one item with them – I can see, as a government attempting to round up those that might cause problems and in this case suspected of being a witch/wizard(should really be warlock but hey, whatever) – allow them that 1 item since they are likely to take something of power with them. Then don’t allow them to have it. But these kids are allowed to keep the item. Say What?!?
Also, their parents manage to get away and appear to have known their kids were powerful, but didn’t actually manage to explain to them who/what they were. How stupid can we get? They can see what is happening with this new order growing in power until people are killed in public hangings, but they don’t teach/tell their children what to do if the government ever comes for them? The whole lot of them deserves to die just for being stupid.
Have a listen if you have considered purchasing it – it might give you that extra push to purchase – it was however enough for me to realize that I wouldn’t like the story, there isn’t anything that could come after this excerpt to make me want to listen or read the entire book or series.
I would not pay for a book from these two authors if they wrote in the same fashion as this one.
Both the characters and the story lacked depth.
Narrators did the best they could with the material provided.
Say something about myself! I'm 66 with poor vision and HANDICAPPED,I save all my actual reading for my bible. My pleasure is at AUDIBLE!
DISSAPPOINTING! JAMES must have fallen out of bed and hit his head when he wrote this heap of dung , I was So disappointed! Not sure I'm JP FAN anymore!
Worst audiobook I never couldn't listen too.. I tried the free first hour and didn't make it through 15 minutes..
How did this get published????
The story had interesting elements, but after 1 hr and 15 minutes, the narrative ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. Had I known, I would not have invested a credit in the first part of a serial novel. Next time I'll pay more attention to the details so I don't get tricked into buying half the story.
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