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The Warlock

The Warlock

Spring 2012 Fiction
Ages: 12 & Up
Author: Michael Scott
ISBN: 978-0385735346
Hardcover Price: $18.99

This is the fifth book in Michael Scott's very engaging series, but I recommend starting with the first. There are back stories you won't want to have missed. However, the things that make these books thrilling are constant - Michael Scott's intricate grasp of mythology and history, the action-packed plotlines, and his larger-than-life characters. There's enough fantasy, myth, wizardry and adventure to engage young and adult readers alike.

The young Newman twins, Sophie and Josh, were separated at the end of the previous installment (The Necromancer) and their fates are uncertain. Sophie went with the weak and dying (but good) Nicholas and Parenelle Flamel, and Josh with the evil Dr. Dee and Virginia Dare. One twin is prophesied to save the world and one to destroy it but for the moment, both are in the dark.

The book toggles between two distinct time periods - the present, which is the storyline of the twins - and the ancient past civilization of Danu Talis. The two worlds merge in a great twist at the end.

Author Michael Scott's characters - monsters and warlocks and Elders and more - are drawn large, and he has fun with historical figures, too. Billy the Kid meets up with Niccolo Macchiavelli at Alcatraz, of all places, while Joan of Arc and Shakespeare cool their heels in a volcanic cell. The writing is clever, fast and fun.

There's a fantastic reveal at the end, and enough teasers to send readers running for the next (and final) book.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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