Midnight Magic by Avi

Posted December 19, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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Midnight Magic by AviMidnight Magic by Avi
Series: Midnight Magic #2
Published by Scholastic Press on October 1st 2004
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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five-stars

Mangus the Magician must free a princess from a terrifying ghost. Naturally, Mangus doesn't believe in ghosts. He doesn't even believe in magic! However, his servant boy, Fabrizio, is a secret friend of the princess and is determined to prove the ghost is real.

Main Points
Writing Style:
 The writing was simple. I mean, it’s a kid’s book.
Plot:
 There is the same amount of magic when I read it now as there was when I read it as a kid, which is always great. The only problem I really have is how everyone treats Fabrizio. And how he always talks in proverbs, which is actually kinda cool when you think about it. How many he’s got in his head and knows how to apply to life. But everyone always thinks he’s ignorant (mostly Mangus) and a fool or uses him (mostly Teresina). He’s basically a pawn in the story even though he knows much. But he saved the day in the end so it all works out. What’s also interesting is that he never has any ambitions other than making sure life is good for his master. He is the perfect servant, although sometimes foolish. He never really thinks of himself though.
There were so many weasels in this story. Teresina was a pompous weasel, her mother was a less pompous weasel, the Count was a weasel (although we knew that because he was the bad guy) and there were a few more weasels as well. It was truly annoying because some of their intentions were good but they really went about it in a horrible way and poor Fabrizio and Mangus were caught in the middle. And no one really seemed to care that they had the prospect of either death or riches either way. Thank goodness they were so clever.
It was truly a conspiracy story and very well planned out. Clever. Mostly unexpected if it’s your first time reading, but easy to guess if it’s not.
Good vs. Bad
Good:
  • writing
  • plot
  • ending
Less than perfect:
  • characters- mostly weasels
  • relationships
Bottom Line
This book really was magical, at least a little. The characters were mostly weasels and the main character (and others’ treatment of him) weren’t the best, but the plot was marvelous and unexpected and the ending was great. Would I read more by this author? Probably not. Would I recommend this to others? Yes.

About Avi

Avi is a pen name for Edward Irving Wortis, but he says, “The fact is, Avi is the only name I use.”
Born in 1937, Avi has created many fictional favorites such as The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing but the Truth, and The Crispin series. His work is very much desired by readers young and old.

Rating
Plot
five-stars
Characters
two-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Setting
four-half-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Overall: five-stars
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