Friday, December 2, 2011

The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Odyssey - ADVISABLE

Odyssey, Shawn Thomas The Wizard of Dark Street, 346 pgs. Egmont, 2011. $17.

 Language: PG.  (1 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content – G; Violence: PG;

Oona Crate is a twelve-year-old girl who has been training to be a wizard by her uncle. Since her true desire is to be a detective, Oona asks her uncle to find a new wizard apprentice to replace her. As a new apprentice is about to be named, her uncle mysteriously vanishes. Oona must use both magic and some investigative skills to find her uncle and his attacker before magical glass gates swing open and mankind is taken over by faeries.

The magical descriptions are fun, but at times became so tedious I longed for some kind of action to occur—especially at the beginning of the book. There is also a problem with the author trying to cram so many details into the story that some were unclear to me until the end. With that being said, this book is a fun mystery that left me wondering who the villain was until the end. Oona is a bright and resourceful heroine and her sidekicks Deacon (a bird) and Samuligan (a faerie servant) are likable characters.

EL-MS – ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Michele

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