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The Un-Magician (Outcast, Book 1) Paperback – August 1, 2004
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About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
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. ****
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.Read more ›
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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I recently read the Outcast series by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski and was so thrilled by it, I couldn't put the books down for anything. Read morePublished on May 5, 2011 by Shina
This was a fun and fast read. As the first book in the series, it is expected that a significant portion of the text should be devoted to describing the world that the characters... Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by Bickerstaff
The authors have created an interesting concept. A world of magic except for one person who is not only immune to magical spells, but can nullify magic with his touch. Read morePublished on July 19, 2006 by Fred Camfield
This was an interesting idea. It's a world where everybody has magic, but then there is this boy born who does not have magic. Read morePublished on April 13, 2005 by Myra