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Grade 4-6–Arcanum is a society completely based on magic. Hidden away since birth by his father, a powerful mage, Timothy is found by his father's former apprentice, Leander, after the man's death. Though the boy is unable to use magic, he does have some amazing skills, including nullifying enchantments with his touch and building virtually anything mechanical. Timothy is brought into the world of mages, where his mere presence arouses fear and suspicion, and he must determine who is his friend and who is using him. The first part of the book is confusing because the point of view switches often between Timothy and Leander and their voices are similar. Character development is sketchy. Despite these issues, the premise is clever, and the authors have created a unique story filled with adventure.–Tasha Saecker, Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake, WI
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About the Author

Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of novels for adults and younger readers. In addition to the Magic Zero quartet, his YA fiction includes Poison Ink and both the Prowlers series and the Body of Evidence series of teen thrillers, several of which have appeared on the YALSA Best Books for Young Readers list. His current work-in-progress is Cemetery Girl, a graphic novel trilogy collaboration with Charlaine Harris. He has cowritten three illustrated novels with Mike Mignola, the first of which, Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, was the launching pad for the Eisner-nominated, New York Times bestselling comic book series Baltimore. As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies The New Dead, The Monster’s Corner, and 21st Century Dead, among others, and has also written and cowritten video games, screenplays, and a network television pilot. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world.

Thomas E. Sniegoski is the author of more than two dozen novels for adults, teens, and children. His books for teens include Legacy, Sleeper Code, Sleeper Agenda, and Force Majeure, as well as the series The Brimstone Network. As a comic book writer, Sniegoski’s work includes Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails, a prequel miniseries to international hit, Bone. Sniegoski collaborated with Bone creator Jeff Smith on the project, making him the only writer Smith has ever asked to work on those characters. He was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his wife LeeAnne and their French Bulldog, Kirby. Visit him on the web at Sniegoski.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: OutCast (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689866615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689866616
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,138,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Let me start off by pointing out that my pre-teen son, myself, and my aunt all read this book separately and thoroughly enjoyed it. Arcanum is a world, a society, where everyone has magic powers. The homes that float in the air, shops, manufacturing, lighting, food preparation, mage robes, door locks, vehicles that fly, everything... is created and powered by magic. The social structure is set up by the politically powerful guilds that run everything. The guilds are hostile to one another, forming political alliances and enemies. They are often made up of different races and species, who have brutalized the weaker races to the point of extinction.

Thrown into this chaotic world is Timothy, who was believed by the guilds to be dead at birth, but was secretly whisked to another dimension that has no magic by his father. He lives with a few companions there where he grows to a teen and becomes educated in making mechanical devices that are completely unnecessary on Arcanum. Why would his father, the most respected and powerful wizard of his day do such a thing? Because Timothy was born without any magic powers at all! He would be a weakling in the world of powerful mages. You would assume as I did that this means that he would be ignored when he returns to a world run by magic, but this young man is feared enough to suffer multiple attempts to assassinate him as soon as he arrives in his fathers house. He has been labeled by the suspicious guilds to be the most dangerous person in the world, and he doesn't know why. The government weighs in and wants him destroyed too.

No one can be trusted in this environment, and danger leaps from every corner and even those that are supposed to protect Timothy may be his next attackers.
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Format: Paperback
A cut above your normal teen-market fantasy that wouldn't be out of place on the adult shelves. In the same vein as 'Mortal Engines' this novel has a fluid quality that a collaboration of two authors doesn't normally have.

An unusual situation is presented; in a world where magic is the norm - in fact a must - appears a boy who possesses none. Moreover, magic doesn't seem to recognise him, and his touch dissolves spells. Add to this his extraordinary mechanical aptitude, which makes him an extremely dangerous quantity to the panicked establishment, who will stop at nothing to be rid of him. But is all as it seems? ...

Credulity is stretched at times, but one can forgive that as the pace and flow of this engaging fantasy carries one along, immersed in the story, that ends rather abruptly, in preparation for the sequel. ****
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In the world of Magic Zero, everyone and everything is magic.

Everyone, that is, except for Timothy. For his own safety, his kind father kept him hidden away for years, providing him with a safe haven and a chance at a decent - albeit magic-free - childhood.

When his father passes away, Timothy is flung back into the world. Now everyone knows he exists. Who can he trust? Where can he go? He must decide who his allies are - and quickly, because assassins are coming for him.

The books are packed with action, fantasy, and drama. Timothy is surrounded by intriguing, strong characters: a warrior who can blend in with his surroundings; a robot buddy of his own creation; firebreathing, war-torn dragons; a talking raven named Edgar; and Cassandra, a girl who may or may not be on the same side as her power-hungry grandfather.

You simply must put Magic Zero in the hands of kids who love magic and fantasy series. There's something here for everyone, whether you like the otherworldly creatures in The Spiderwick Chronicles or the battles and tribunals featured in Star Wars. This is a great introduction to the works of the imaginative and prolific authors Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski. Each author has released a multitude of titles individually, including Golden's chilling Shadow Saga (thankfully, these vampires do not sparkle) and Sniegoski's best-selling teen angel series The Fallen. Older readers (meaning teens and adults) should check out the pair's dark fantasy series The Menagerie, which I often compare to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and give to fans of the X-Men.

Back to Magic Zero: Is this for the Harry Potter crowd? Yes, no doubt about it.
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By D. Kraus on December 14, 2004
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Awesome fun read! Golden and Sniegoski do it again.

If loved their other books this one won't disappoint!

Absolute fun, full of imagintive wonderful things and a super fast read too!
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This book is the best! I couldn't have asked for a better book. If you are thinking about buying this, do it. I couldn't stop reading it was so good! ( I would have rated this book a ten if possible)!
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Perfect condition. This book is a long time seller with a new name. It is the "opposite" of the Percy Jackson series - the human is the only one without powers. Great way to open P.J. readers to a new series of books.
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