Posted by: Nyxks | June 18, 2007

The Hundredth Magic

The Hundredth Magic
by Jeffrey Turner © 2002
Zumaya Publishing
ISBN 1-894869-62-1
326 pages
Paperback
$15.99 (U.S.)
Reviewed by : Mike Gleason

In my opinion, the mark of a good fantasy writer is the ability they display to make the reader suspend their disbelief for the duration of the story. Mr. Turner achieves that with The Hundredth Magic. Many authors could put together a story with all the “usual suspects” – trolls, goblins, dwarves, wizards, magicians and warlocks amongst them. But few have the ability to make the reader say “That seems reasonable.”

This is NOT a fast-paced story. It doesn’t rely on a lot of glitz and glamour. It tells a believable (okay, maybe not believable, but acceptable) story through well-thought out characters, a logical story line (with the occasional odd twist to keep the reader guessing) and just enough mystique to be enthralling.

There were a few editing glitches, only one or two of which actually upset the flow of the story. There are also a few concepts which, while not directly relevant to the way magick works in our world, could offer some surprising insights. But then, this is MERELY a novel, and not intended as a teaching tool.

It is easy for me to recommend this book since there is minimal violence, so it won’t be offensive to more sensitive readers. Nor is there an abundance of profanity or sexual situations. It’s no Harry Potter, but it will likely appeal to ages from teen through adult.

What is the hundredth magic referred to in the title? It isn’t a spell, an incantation, or a ritual. Beyond that, all I can say is “Read the book.”

Based on this book, I hope that Mr. Turner produces more of this style. And that certainly seems probable given the way this story ends.

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