- File Size: 2445 KB
- Print Length: 134 pages
- Publisher: Fairytale Factory Ltd (December 22, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 22, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ER8ECL4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Well, this book is in a whole different world. Yes, you do reach decision points at which you have to decide whether to climb the ladder or look behind the tapestry. But that is a small and almost inconsequential part of the overall reading experience. This book is good, and I mean immersive, elegant, well-written good.
The narrative proceeds at a dreamy pace, with spare but carefully crafted sentences that gently carry you deep into the magician's house. We don't really know anything about our hero - who he is or why he's there, or what his history is; we just know he's young and is more or less a servant or errand boy. We don't know who the magician is. What we do learn is that the magician's home is a fun house of magic portals, shifting rooms, odd furnishings and strange residents. (Keep away from the dark corners; stray magic gathers there like dust bunnies and you may be unpleasantly surprised.)
All of this is presented in slightly formal and oddly stilted language that feels like it is being whispered in your ear. This is emphasized by the narrator's use of the second person singular. "You" do this and then "you" do that. When used properly, as it is here, I think this adds a detached, almost ethereal tone and yet an immediacy, to any narrative. "You" are there, right now.
And I guess it is appropriate that a book titled "The Magician's House" is mostly about you in fact being in and walking about the magician's house. Actually, while you aren't sneaking, you are pretty close to lurking - especially with all of those hidden peekholes and hidden doors. This is just fascinating and compelling stuff, and this book is a remarkable and satisfying find. It will justify all of your previous Kindle freebie searches. (By the way, I have an old Kindle Touch and the choose-you-own option worked very smoothly on it; I wasn't sure that would necessarily be the case.)
So, all in all a nice find and a nice choice. Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
As the reader, you are the main character and free to travel and discover the wonders of this mysterious place. Furthermore, as a longtime resident, yourself, you have a few powers of your own. Even as the house changes form, familiar residents and rooms appear or disappear, never before seen doors and hidden passageways come and go, you must choose your own path.
Do you open the door or take the stairs? There are clues everywhere. Which do you use and which are a magical test. When your adventure comes to a fork in the road, as they say, do you continue onward and upward, climb down the ladder into a hole that just appeared in the floor or maybe, simply fold up the hole and save it for another day.
Just when you think your adventure has come to an end, you may choose to return to the beginning, try another path and a different adventure. One can only imagine the surprises that wait in that new room that just appeared. As with many D M Potter adventures, you are in charge, some of the time. Choose wisely!
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I did like how you get to chose your path as you go.