Gwendy's Magic Feather

Gwendy's Button Box Trilogy, Book 2
Narrated by: Maggie Siff
Series: Gwendy, Book 2
Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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Return to Castle Rock as Richard Chizmar offers the sequel to Gwendy’s Button Box, the acclaimed 2017 novella he cowrote with Stephen King!

Something evil has swept into the small Western Maine town of Castle Rock on the heels of the latest winter storm. Sheriff Norris Ridgewick and his team are desperately searching for two missing girls, but time is running out to bring them home alive.

In Washington, DC, 37-year-old Gwendy Peterson couldn’t be more different from the self-conscious teenage girl who once spent a summer running up Castle Rock’s Suicide Stairs. That same summer, she was entrusted - or some might say cursed - with the extraordinary button box by Richard Farris, the mysterious stranger in the black suit. The seductive and powerful box offered Gwendy small gifts in exchange for its care and feeding until Farris eventually returned, promising Gwendy she’d never see the box again.

One day, though, the button box shows up without warning - and without Richard Farris to explain why, or what she’s supposed to do with it. The mysterious reappearance of the box, along with the troubling disappearances in Castle Rock, leads Gwendy home again...where she just might be able to help rescue the missing girls and stop a madman before he does something ghastly.

From New York Times best seller Richard Chizmar comes Gwendy's Magic Feather, a breathtaking novel that asks whether our lives are controlled by fate or the choices we make - and what price we might have to pay for those choices when we reach for the things we most desire. Prepare to return again to Stephen King’s Castle Rock, the sleepy little town built on a bedrock of deep, dark secrets, which is about to awaken from its quiet slumber once more.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Richard Chizmar (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Captivating

Can be read before or after Gwendy's Button Box. The author did a wonderful job of including enough detail from the first story.

Gwendy is a lovable character. The author's descriptions & vocabulary throughout were beautifully composed. The perfect amount of suspense and closure.

Hoping to hear more of Gwendy Peterson's adventures in the future.

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Wonderful

Wonderful sequel to Gwendy's Button Box; the narrator was perfection, and the characters , both old and new, gave me all the feels! Don't miss out on getting to know Gwendy and her family.

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fantastic

loved seeing Gwendy as an adult. and what she is up to after the box.

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Love returning to Castle Rock.

Richard Chizmar captures the great place of Castle Rock once again. We also get to see what our beloved Gwendy Peterson been up to. A magnificent story after a magnificent first; Gwendy’s Magic Feather is a page-turner and it will keep you guessing until the very end, Richard Chizmar is a great story teller with a hell of an imagination.

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Filler

Chizmar has a trilogy deal and this is the middle filler. Not bad, not good.

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Not as Compelling as the First One

Enjoyable while driving, but sequels are hard, and this one, set 17 years after Gwendy's Button Box, just can't compete with the suspense and page-turning excitement of its roots.

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Great read.

I chose this rating because I truly enjoyed this book. I loved that Gwendy was brought back and the good works she did.

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Decently written

Clearly different from a SK novel, but close enough to be appreciated by King fans. Having the narrator do “other” voices is not effective..... they come across as comical.

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Kept Waiting for the “Good” Part..Then the Book Ended!

Perhaps Richard Chizmar thought that the strength of his story was in its “slow burn”...you know who is a master at the slow burn story? Stephen King! I can’t believe he allowed his name to be attached to such a garbage book.

All of the wonder, suspense, and novelty of the first book are absent in this one. I saw another review that mentioned the reader kept anticipating Gwendy would “do SOMETHING, anything!”

Richard Chizmar really phoned it in with this book. Can’t even convey how disappointed I was when I reached the end after forcing myself to continue listening and realized, “Nope, that’s really it. You’ll never reach the good part of the book because there isn’t one.”

Honestly just a novella filled with Gwendy doing mundane things, told by an equally mundane storyteller who relies on all the tropes and tired language of someone who, well, phoned it in.

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Huge disappointment

Apparently written to cash in...adds nothing to Gwendy's story. Maybe he should have collaborated with King again.