Thursday, March 20, 2014

Jinx's Magic by Sage Blackwood

Jinx's Magic (Jinx #2)This book is the second in the trilogy, and I gave it a rating of four out of five. You should read the first book, Jinx, before reading this one. Jinx is a magician's apprentice, and the fate of Urwald rests with him. He is the Listener, he can talk to the trees, but he does not fully understand his own importance. The trees fear his companion, Revel, and Jinx is trying to take him out of Urwald. His best friend, Elfwyn, seems to like Revel, but Jinx fears she's being used as Revel tries to become king of Keyland. Meanwhile, Simon, Jinx's master, thinks the Bonemaster has escaped from prison. Jinx wants to help Simon, but Simon wants Jinx to learn more about magic. He sends Jinx to Samara, a world where magic is illegal, but Jinx finds a helpful friend is missing. Time is running out. Will Jinx learn the secrets of the Listener in time to stop the Bonemaster and save Urwald.

Again, read Jinx first. Jinx knows he's an important character, but he doesn't always have the knowledge to do what he wants. He's compassionate, brave, and impulsive. The author provides clues to help make predictions but then throws in unexpected twists. It seems clear that Jinx will need to unite the creatures of Urwald, but it's unclear how he'll do it and defeat the Bonemaster, stop Keyland from invading Urwald, and "save" Samara. I'm looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy.

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