Reviews for Magician : Library Edition

AudioFile Reviews 2008 December/January 2009
Erik Singer sets a nonstop pace as he narrates Scott's fantasy featuring the real-life fourteenth-century alchemist Nicholas Flamel, Niccolo Machiavelli, Joan of Arc, and a fictional pair of American teen twins--Josh and Sophie. Josh sums up the situation: "Weird?? We're in a house with a two-thousand-year-old vegetarian vampire, an immortal alchemist, another immortal who's a magician/rock star specializing in fire, and a French heroine who should have died in the Middle Ages." They are pursued by agents of the Dark Elders. Singer's characterizations come to life in distinctive European and American accents. His portrayal of the characters' emotions as well as the credible sounds he gives to the story's mythical creatures immerses the listener in Scott's world and sets the stage for the next book in the series. D.P.D. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 October

Gr 6-9-- Michael Scott's tense sequel (Delacorte, 2008) to The Alchemyst (Delacorte, 2007) finds teen twins, Sophi and Josh, once again on the run from Dr. John Dee and the Dark Elders who are trying to obtain the book of Abraham the Mage--an item of incredible power that would allow the Dark Elders to enslave humankind and destroy the world. With most of the book in their possession, the dark servants are desperate to obtain the all-important final two pages of text. In the midst of the breathless chase, Sophi is learning to use and control her new-found powers and Josh is envious that Sophi's powers have been awakened. Josh also has his doubts about their supposed ally, Nicholas Flamel, leading him to question who the bad guys really are. The conclusion will leave listeners anxious for the next installment. Erik Singer does a laudable job giving voice to a wide range of characters, convincingly portraying everything from two modern American teenagers to ancient Italians who switch between archaic and contemporary speech. Even the language of a variety of mythical monsters comes across as authentic. Singer keeps up the pace and tension of this edgy ride perfectly, creating a wonderful listening experience.--Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT

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