- Series: Magemother
- Paperback: 366 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 11, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1511871741
- ISBN-13: 978-1511871747
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 153 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mage and the Magpie (Magemother) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 11, 2015
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The title of the book, “The Mage and the Magpie,” at first seems a little odd; I wondered why it wasn’t simply called “The Magemother.” But as the story progresses, you learn the importance of the two characters from the title.
There is quite a large cast of characters involved in the narrative, but each of them is distinctly unique and endearing. The main handful of players are especially well-developed, but everyone adds their special lit bit to the development of the story. Even some of the personae that one might consider minor or even irrelevant, later prove to have a specific part to play.
Brinley, of course, is the main character, an adopted young woman of unknown origin, who is quite abruptly transported across space and time, to a world desperately in need of her help, although neither she nor anyone else knows that at the time. The mere fact that she was summoned by a calling bell intended for someone else lends a significant amount of intrigue to the tale.
Searching for the Magemother (who alone can repair some of the damage being done to the world), while also looking for her birth parents (especially her mother), Brinley ventures along with a rather odd assortment of traveling companions, all of whom prove to be quite helpful and necessary.
This book is classified as a middle grade series, which I would say is just about correct. There are a few dark scenes that are rather uncharacteristically and perhaps unnecessarily gory and gruesome, but the overall tone is hopeful and positive. Even if the general tone is a little bit younger, the tale has something for everyone; and the writer’s style just draws you into the story and carries you along for the ride.
The adventure begins for Brinley and her friends with a battle between light and dark, all the while trying to explain that both are needed and necessary. Brinley and her friends may need to step into roles that they never imagined for themselves. Will they succeed in those new roles? Well, I think that we will all need to read the following books in order to discover the answers to that.
This is a great fantasy novel for all ages, (I am 21, and I loved it). I definitely am going to get the next book in the series.
You will be swept away from reality and into the world of magic. Wizards, witches, mages, a king and a prince, an invisible girl, Giants, another girl (but this one is very visible and can speak to birds) and so much more!
And just like any good book and Rock song (one made popular by The Clash) it includes the Sophie's choice moment: should our protagonist stay and gain the power to mend the magic world? Or go back to Earth where she was raised by her loving and caring father?
Choose carefully reader, for this is your Sophie's choice: to download this free book and go on an epic adventure? Or miss out on this deal and fork over your cash when the movie hits the theater? (I'm not saying it will be brought to life on the screen, but I'm hoping it will).
I can't wait to read the next book in the series!