When Marcus's grandparents decide it would be good for him and his twin sister, Ellie, to tend the family business, a magic shop, the children are thrown into a world that they never knew existed. Not only is the family business a front, but Marcus learns that he has been marked as a dead man from the time he was born.
Marcus tries to develop his powers before the Dun-Bahr find him and assimilate the magic he was born with. Will he and his sister survive? Will they find their parents? First they must discover the secret his grandparents have been keeping from them all these years. It all comes down to what's hidden at the magic shop.
©2016 Justin Swapp (P)2016 Justin Swapp
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"Great book, lots of excitement"
This was such a great book. The characters really came alive through the narration of the Audible audio version narrated by Steve Barnes. I wish I had listened to this one with my kids because I know they would have enjoyed it immensely. I'll have to play it again on a car trip. This book has a great story line, lots of action, and lots of twists. It kept me engaged to the end. The narrator was wonderful. I hope to listen to more book read by Steve Barnes, and I can't wait until the next book in this series is available.
"Terrific novel! "
Billed as a young-adult title, but anyone would enjoy it. Actually my favorite YA novel since The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. It's going to be a series too, it looks like. I'll definitely be reading the next one. Well-performed too!
"Fast Moving Magical Thrill Ride"
I loved that there were many moral questions involved for the use of magic and consequences involved in the way it was used. The characters had to make choices and face the realities of those choices.
Caleb. He appeared to be a minor character and really he was but as the story goes on you see the sacrifice that he made early in life to try and stop his brother and the cost. He was a true tragic hero.
The car ride to the state hospital the children do not want to go visit their relatives. The listener has no idea of who or what is coming and the children are still being bratty self involved teens. It is funny and such a good commentary on society.
When the children are finally told the truth about their parents. It was shocking and sad.
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