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All Maria ever wanted was to be a magician. But no matter how hard she tried, she couldn't learn to control the magic. Her training terminated, the former apprentice magician sets out to seek her fortune. Instead, trouble and a strange mute boy find her. To help a new friend, Maria and the boy join forces in a quest to steal the heavily guarded scrolls of a hostile neighboring country. But there's more to wizardry than scrolls, and Maria's journey leads her on a path to a long-forgotten enchantment -- one she'd only dreamed of.
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Grade 6-9?Living in a war-torn land, teenaged Maria, a washed-up apprentice magician; her mute friend Tristan; and Jerold, a catlike creature, sneak behind enemy lines, steal the ancient scrolls of magic, and beat a hasty retreat. The rest of the book tells about their escape from the bad guys. There is plenty of action here and little else. No character ever develops a personality. Tristan is strong, silent, and forever helping Maria and squeezing her hand in a meaningful way. Maria provides most of the dialogue, and readers are also privy to her thoughts, which are irritatingly whiny. Most of the exposition is achieved through stilted dialogue and several short sermons. Characters from Robert Levy's Clan of the Shape-Changers (Houghton, 1994) make a guest appearance that adds nothing to the story and will most likely annoy readers unhappy with loose ends. In addition, the lessons of this tale are so quickly and poorly delivered that they never have the chance to sink in. The evil never chills the soul, the horrors of war never hurt the heart, and the magic is never a source of wonder. Still, the same folks who gobble up "Goosebumps" titles (Scholastic) probably won't notice these flaws. For readers who want a fully realized alternate world, choose Anne McCaffrey's "Harper Hall" series (Atheneum). For absorbing adventures involving magic, try Patricia Wrede's "Enchanted Forest Chronicles" (Harcourt) or Lloyd Alexander's "Prydain" books (Holt).?Patricia A. Dollisch, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
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Gr. 6^-9. Levy revisits the world he created in Clan of the Shape-Changers to tell the story of 15-year-old Maria Ronlin, an apprentice magician who has never learned to master her power. After being abruptly discharged from her apprenticeship, Maria has no idea how she will earn her living. Then a chance encounter with Tristan, a strange, mute boy, begins an exciting adventure. Together with Jerrold, a catlike creature, Maria and Tristan seek ancient scrolls and a spell to break the magic that is imprisoning Tristan's guardian. During the process, they travel far and defeat an evil king--and Maria learns the truth about magic. In this well-crafted fantasy-adventure, magic becomes a real and believable force and the premise for a very entertaining read. Chris Sherman
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0395680778
Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0395680778
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