Magic's Child

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Magic's Child

Book III in the Magic or Madness Trilogy

In the previous book in the Magic or Madness Trilogy, Magic Lessons, Reason Cansino acquired an extreme amount of magic as a gift from one of her ancestors. She can now do extraordinary things that no mere magical person can do. But her new magic is changing her. Reason no longer needs to eat, go to the bathroom, and doesn't even feel the weather. Quickly, Reason is changing into what her ancestor was, which isn't completely human. Is it worth it to live forever if you give up all the joys of life in the process?

Magic's Child is the final book in the Magic or Madness Trilogy. Reason, along with her friends Jay- Tee and Tom must decide if having magic is worth dying young. Jay-Tee seems to think Reason will save everyone and has no worries even though she is on the brink of death. In the mean time, Reason's grandfather Jason Blake is hunting her down. He is magic hungry and wants the Cansino Magic that Reason has acquired. He won't stop until he gets what he wants, no matter who he hurts in the process.

Will Reason save her friends and family from magic and its madness or will Jason Blake get his claws on their magic and kill them? Can any magical people be trusted or is everything and everyone Reason has known a lie?

Magic's Child is a bittersweet end to a beautiful, magical, enchanting trilogy that has captivated and amazed me like no other book has since the Harry Potter books. I have come to love the characters, both good and bad and had to read this book slowly, savoring every sentence, every last word. Magic's Child was an amazing end to this trilogy. This final book answered all of my questions and ended with a very exciting twist that made me think of Voldemort and Harry Potter's battles from the Harry Potter books. Magic is alive and vibrant on every page of this book. I will greatly treasure this trilogy and it will stay on my keeper shelf for a long time. If you haven't yet read the Magic or Madness Trilogy, you must, must, must right away!!

Anything Else: Justine Larbalestier is the wife of young adult author Scott Westerfeld.


Book Blurb for Magic's Child

The whole trilogy: Magic or Madness, Magic's Child, and Magic Lessons are available in the US of A and Australia as well as other countries.

Magic or Madness is about fifteen-year-old Reason Cansino. Reason's lived all her life in the outback with her mother, Sarafina, on the run from her evil grandmother, Esmeralda. Esmeralda believes in magic and practices horrifying dark rituals. But when Sarafina suffers a mental breakdown, Reason is sent to the one place she fears most-Esmeralda's house in Sydney.

Nothing about the house or Esmeralda is what Reason expected. For the first time she finds herself questioning her mother's teachings. Then when she walks through Esmeralda's back door in Sydney and finds herself on a New York City street, Reason is forced to face the truth. Magic is real. And Reason is magic.

Magic Lessons and Magic's Child continue the story of Reason Cansino and her friends Jay-Tee and Tom.


Night Owl Reviews May, 2008 5.00