Cody, Matthew The Magician’s Key (Secrets of the Pied Piper 2), 318 pgs. Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. $17.99. Language G; Mature Content G; Violence G.
This is book two of the secrets of the Pied Piper trilogy. Max and Carter have become separated in their journey to help the lost children of Hamelin, and embark on very different adventures, both filled with danger. This separation lets Carter become more of his own person, instead of always being protected by his older sister. Vlodnik, an evil magician, holds power by holding the key to get to the Summer Isle. He is troubled to find that two children have gone there without his assistance and is now hunting them. Meanwhile, the Piper is loose and the children of Hamelin are in grave danger.
The story is an enjoyable read. The ending is not satisfying, as this story will need book three to finish off the series, but it leaves the reader with some interesting story lines and anxious to get to the final book.
EL, MS - ADVISABLE. Michelle in the Middle