The Magi is a terrific story for younger teens. Boys in particular would enjoy the male protagonist who is a believable and likeable character.
On a quest to solve his family’s murders, thirteen-year-old Elijah Hawk stumbles upon the world of the Magi, a simple people with a very complex secret. Elijah is soon accepted into their community and is permitted to train with their power. However, he soon learns that stumbling upon this world may not have been an accident. How does he know this? His family’s killers are now hunting him!
The story moves along at a good pace and keeps us on our toes. Just when we think that Elijah is safe and settled, either he is ripped from his home, or someone important to him is kidnapped. Eventually, dissatisfied with the lack of action by the Magi, he takes matters into his own hands and sets out on a quest to rescue one of his fellow students.
I enjoyed the training scenes where Elijah discovers the personalities of the four elements and loved how the girl that was shunned by others because she was from the ‘other side’ became the key to the success of the rescue plan. Through her, we discover that there are good and bad people on both sides of the fence, and that different people work for good in different ways depending on their circumstances, a good lesson in open-mindedness.
Another thing I liked was that one of Elijah’s friends ended up in a situation opposite to our expectations. His story showed what can happen to those who are easily led and impressed by superficial things .
Unfortunately, the unnecessary use of ‘would’ and over use of ‘to be’ verbs, especially ‘was’, weakened the writing considerably. It lacked the immediacy that would have made the difference between a good book and an excellent one. If you ever see a second edition of this book where presumably these issues would be resolves, snap this one up. As it is, it is still a great story and a very enjoyable book.
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