Friday, February 22, 2013

Blud and Magick by Preston Norton

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The Story-
Fourteen-year-old Darla lives with her Uncle Ed. They move around all the time as her uncles moves from job to job. On her first day of high school, in a new city, she is teamed up with two strange boys, brothers Cirrus and Ash.  There’s something different about them, but she doesn’t know what.

When all three of them become trapped in a classroom during after school detention, Darla learns that the world is bigger than she ever imagined. She finds out she is really a wizard, and that the soul of an evil sorcerer is trapped inside her body. She also learns that Cirrus and Ash are paranormals too.

Darla’s Uncle Ed turns out to be a Sage, and not her real uncle. He leads the three kids into the hidden realm of magic, where evil  Shadow Risers try to kidnap Darla and unleash the dark sorcerer from within her.

My Thoughts- 
First off, I love how the book starts. We arrive in a land of magic, where a wizard’s council is taking place. Things turn strange when a baby forms from the ashes of the just defeated evil sorcerer. Then we jump 14 years into the future, and we find ourselves in our own modern world. Darla has no idea who or what she is.

The plot moves quickly as Darla learns about herself and the magical world around her. I like her character. Instead of being overwhelmed with what she is, she takes an active role and begins learning to use her own powers. She still is haunted by the fear of the evil taking her over, but she doesn’t dwell on it.

I was surprised at the ending. Things seemed to wrap up very quickly, and then on the last page- boom- a twist. Really nice. I do have to mention one thing. As I read the book I would often see Harry Potter like plot glimpses. They are subtle, and the book moves in its own direction, but I couldn’t help but notice the connections.

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  1. I love female characters who take active rolls rather than being passive. And fun twists. Sounds like a good book.

    1. I love those type of characters too. He does a good job in the book.