“It may seem cruel, but young people who endure traumatic moments such as this one often make better spell casters. Perhaps it’s because a happy and content existence leaves little motivation to improve oneself.”
This is a book that tells you how to do sorcery. It is also the story of Owen MacCready, whose mother has left him, and whose father has relocated him to Las Vegas.
Owen is being chased by bullies when he comes across a special bookstore and ends up with a special book, one that will teach him magic!
However, the book may teach him magic, but it comes with conditions, the most important one being that he must not let the Euclideans get their hands on it.
Of course the Euclideans want that book more than anything, so Owen has a huge battle ahead of him, without any other problems that may occur along the way.
Throughout the Tale, you ‘learn’ the same spells as Owen, so if you fulfil the sorcery requirements you should be able to cast spells like him (maybe better).
The book is very visual and includes diagrams and text boxes to supplement the story and spell casting instructions, you may see sections similar to these…
It was a good story and although it could be interpreted as a bit predictable in places, in the main it was interesting and innovative in its telling. I enjoyed the story. It will definitely suit young readers and those who have an open mind about magical stories. Try it, you may be surprised.
I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.
4/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)
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Five-hundred years ago, sorcery began to fade from the world. As technology prevailed, combustion engines and computers replaced enchanted plows and spell books. Real magicians were hunted almost to extinction. Science became the primary system of belief, and the secrets of spell-casting were forgotten. That is … until now.
Sorcery for Beginners is no fantasy or fairy tale. Written by arcane arts preservationist and elite mage Euphemia Whitmore (along with her ordinary civilian aide Matt Harry), this book is a how-to manual for returning magic to an uninspired world. It’s also the story of Owen Macready, a seemingly average 13-year-old who finds himself drawn into a centuries-long war when he uses sorcery to take on a school bully. Owen’s spell casting attracts the attention of a ruthless millionaire and a secret society of anti-magic mercenaries, all of whom wish to use Sorcery for Beginners to alter the course of world history forever.
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