- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Wyvern's Peak Publishing (17 April 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0999021222
- ISBN-13: 978-0999021224
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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“Tracey Masters is the next teen protagonist to get behind! Her adventure is a suspenseful look at growing up and excelling in a world where people like her are feared, controlled, and sometimes hated because they are Mage-kind.”
Lauren Lynne, author of The Recalcitrant Project
“Charming, snappy, and addictive. There's a lot of heart here. You'll immediately be asking for the next book!"
D.C. McGannon, best-selling author of the Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters series
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But it's more than just that. Laurie has weaved a very original mythology that guides this novel and will provide a very intriguing through-line for future novels in the series (of which I hope there will be many). And she's layered this with almost a political under-current - an acute understanding of what it is to be different in a society distrustful of difference.
In this her fantasy novel elevates to something more - an allegory of human nature and the very real need for diversity matched with an equally real difficulty in getting the broader group (or society) to support it. It's very cool when a fun fantasy novel also makes you stop and think and reflect on your own attitudes to those who are different in some way. It's a great message for the young audience the book is primarily aimed at, but it was equally compelling to this much more mature reader! And really, the writing is great and the themes universal, so this is truly a book for all ages (the young and the - hopefully still - young at heart)
Laurie's heroine, Tracey Masters, is a magical girl in a world that doesn't fully accept or trust magic, and she doesn't fully understand or accept her own power either as it grows - often quite outside her own control and choice - through the story. It's a lot for a fifteen year old to handle, on top of school and her burgeoning desire to be a private detective. Throw in school bullies, unrequited (possibly?) crushes, great loyal friends and a boisterous, very believable family and you've got a recipe for a rich story indeed.
Then meet The Shadowman and...well..just read chapter two for one of the most chilling and tension filled introductions to a 'scary monster' you're likely to read anywhere...
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to all. Actually - I'm going to put this out there - I have a 'feeling' about this book. I think this series and its author are destined for great things. The story is about magic, but the book itself is magic. There's just something about it....do yourself a favour and get your copy now.
Be one of the first to know...and believe.
After school, Tracey works for her bumbling Uncle Donny, a private detective, making sure he takes out the trash and opens the windows, but also giving him subtle bumps of magic to augment his own. Then one case, which seems to be a simple problem of a missing necklace, escalates into an epic battle that involves the normal police, the magic enforcers, a prince who is also a movie star, a soul-chilling villain, and Tracey and her friends.
Laurie Bell has created a convincing magical world with its own rules and logic, its own history and symbolism. Her debut novel is a suspenseful page-turner, but, at heart, it’s a story about friends and family, about the bonds between Tracey and those who care about her—bonds that can slacken but never break.
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