What’s Hot & What’s Not: Your thoughts on books at the library

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Welcome to What’s Hot & What’s Not, a collaboration between the Revelstoke Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library and The Revelstoke Current intended to foment both readership and opinion sharing about books. If you have something to say about a book you are reading please feel free to share it with Community Librarian Kendra Runnalls and her assistants — Lucie, Susan and Gabrielle. The Revelstoke Current is pleased to welcome submissions by school children at Columbia Park, Arrow Heights and Begbie View Elementary Schools.

March 19, 2017

By Carolyn Johnston

Magyk by Angie Sage — Book 1 of the Septimus Heap series

Although I am an adult, I still enjoy good juvenile fiction. It lightens up my often serious reading and can come as a breath of fresh air when interspersed among social comment, history, classics and bestsellers. It can also be fun. And it keeps me in the loop of what young people are reading.

All of these advantages are fulfilled by Magyk. by AngIe Sage. It is a page-turner, which I found a relief after too many books that needed to be slowly chewed and digested. I found it interesting, and although I was often afraid the storyline would become too predictable, it usually went off in an entirely different direction instead. But the thing I liked most about this book was how attached I became to the characters – even to the evil ones. The feisty if inexperienced princess, the boat-savvy Nicko just coming into his own power (if not his own magic), and the frightened but nonetheless intrepid Boy 412 were all charmingly skilled and charmingly flawed. At book’s end I didn’t want to say goodbye to them. And, thankfully, I didn’t have to. There are four more books already written in the series. So next time I need some fun, I can pick up the sequel Flyte.

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