Monday, May 27, 2019

Book Review: Order of the Majestic

I do love a book about magicians.

So when Aladdin offered Middle Grade Minded a review copy of Order of The Majestic by Matt Myklusch, I jumped at the chance to read an early copy!

The Description:

Twelve-year-old daydreamer Joey Kopecky’s life has been turned upside down. After acing a series of tests, he’s declared a genius and awarded a full scholarship at a special (year-round!) school. He’s understandably devastated, until he takes one last test, and the room around him disappears, replaced by the interior of an old theater.

There, Joey meets the washed-up magician, Redondo the Magnificent, and makes a shocking discovery…magic is real, but sadly, there isn’t much left in the world. It may be too late to save what little remains, but for the first time in his life Joey wants to try—really try—to do something big. Soon he’s swept up into a centuries-old conflict between two rival societies of magicians—the Order of the Majestic, who fights to keep magic alive and free for all, and the dark magicians of the Invisible Hand, who hoard magic for their own evil ends.

The endless battle for control of magic itself has reached a tipping point. For Redondo and the Order to survive, Joey must inherit the lost legacy of Harry Houdini. Will he prove himself worthy, or will the Invisible Hand strike him down? The answer will depend on Joey’s ability to believe, not just in magic, but in himself.

What I thought:

This book is a thrilling ride from the get-go.

Who is the mysterious man giving Joey the tests? 

What are the creatures chasing him? 

Is Redondo the Magician really what he appears to be?

And how can this parallel magical world co-exist with his own? 

When Redondo announces that he needs a protégé, Joey thinks he's a lock. 

Until he's forced to compete against the talented Shazad and Leonora.

And he turns out to be a slow learner.

But events throw them together. Can they learn to work as or team?

Full or twists and turns, Order of the Majestic is a thrilling adventure.

I've not read any of Matt Myklusch's #mglit before, but found him to be a masterful storyteller with a great voice and a cheeky sense of humour. He does a wonderful job of blending humour and thrills. 

I recommend this book!

For more information about the author, visit his website

Order of the Majestic is out now!

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