Reviews for Sorcerer's Secret


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
Mebus brings his trilogy to a close, sending thirteen-year-old Rory, his incorrigible sister Bridget, and their improbable crew of magical roaches, Munsee Indians, and ghostly historical figures on an odyssey across all five boroughs of New York. As usual, the welter of characters and overlapping time frames are confusing; fans will be eager to see how it all ends. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2010 April #1
Mebus (probably) concludes his tangled but inventive epic, cranking up the struggle among New York City's supernatural residents to a climactic battle in Central Park. Even as the power-mad magician Willem Kieft is gathering an army of minor gods and murderous spirits on the pretext of wiping out the indigenous Munsees once and for all, young Rory and his indomitable little sister Bridget set out on a frantic, five-borough search for fragments of a certain diary that may hold the key to both their stricken mother's life and Kieft's defeat. Though a partial list of names at the front isn't going to help readers keep track of the teeming cast, there's plenty of action and humor ("God of Spies! That's so me!" warbles flamingly idiotic bit player Nathan Hale) to compensate--plus spectacular magic, stunning revelations and encounters with such New York icons as Teddy Roosevelt and a subterranean alligator "easily the size of a tour bus." The ultimate victory is credibly hard-won, and though the tale's internal logic doesn't bear close inspection, overall it's turned out to be a grand adventure. (Fantasy. 11-13) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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VOYA Reviews 2010 August
This conclusion to a trilogy that includes Gods of Manhattan (Dutton/Penguin Putnam, 2007/VOYA February 2008) and Spirits in the Park (Dutton/Penguin Putnam, 2009/VOYA August 2009) finds thirteen year old Rory and his friends working to expose power-hungry Willem Kieft's plans to incite a war between the Munsee tribe and the gods of the spirit city of Mannahatta, a realm that co-exists with present-day Manhattan. This book, as well as the other titles in the series, is filled with fantastical creatures and the spirits of real historical figures from New York's colorful past--both evil and heroic. Rory is a "light," a mortal who can interact with the spirit world. He and some allies band together to traverse the boroughs to locate five entries torn from a secret journal that will eventually lead them to a hidden treasure and may help them thwart Kieft's plans to become the single god of the spirit world. Rory must also confront his own father who seems to be Kieft's cohort. There are many exciting chases and fights, and historical figures are cleverly inserted into the quest. The fact that there are minor gods of such things as decent parking spaces, good tipping, and expensive chinaware is a witty touch. As a stand-alone title, it might be a bit confusing, as many characters were established in the previous adventures. Fantasy fans will appreciate the ‘rules' associated with becoming a god and the dangers of the lockets each wears. Upper elementary and middle school readers who are enjoying the Percy Jackson series should like this one as well.--Kevin Beach 3Q 4P M J Copyright 2010 Voya Reviews.

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