In the world of Magic Zero, everyone and everything is magic.
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.
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.
to Magic Zero: Is this for the Harry Potter crowd? Yes, no doubt about
it. At the core of the story, you've got a boy who becomes an unlikely
hero in a world filled with magic. The really cool flip in Magic Zero, what sets it apart from other books starring a Young Boy on a Magic Quest, is that Timothy's the only person who cannot
wield magic. Also, we know this going into the book, rather than being a
loss or gain of powers somewhere along the way. Magic Zero is
inventive, the premise well-developed and executed. Just wait 'til you
see what happens when Timothy approaches a door protected by magic.
Also, there are dragons, robots, talking animals, and more, more, more. Steampunk aficionados, check out the alternate sources of energy used in these books; Star Wars fans, prepare thyself for a battle of epic proportions.
Read the books in order:
Ghostfire - available June 4th
Battle for Arcanum - available August 27th
Get the Magic Zero series online now!
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