The Magician is the second in a series of six fantasy novels by Michael Scott, proclaimed as the 'King of fantasy' on the cover of each book. This has been the bed time reading for my 11 year old of late. We read the first book, The Alchemyst last year. Fantasy isn't really my genre, and I don't normally want to read long series of books. So I was wondering how I would go with this one. I'd enjoyed the first book well enough, but wondered at the staying power of my interest. Although in the past I have managed to read aloud all 21 of Enid Blyton's Famous Five, so obviously I can manage to keep going long after my interest has waned.
As expected, my interest did wane with this book. I was optimistic at the start as it is set mainly in Paris- and for me that can make up for lots of things. The Paris story line was ok, but I found myself more interested in the storyline set in San Francisco (it was better and more exciting I think). Our reading was disrupted with breaks for holidays and other things, and I think my enjoyment suffered all the more because of that. So while the action in the book takes places once again over a mere two days, it did become a bit long and drawn out as a reading experience. I found myself getting confused about which monster was which, and who smelled of what when they were doing their magic.
We did get through it though, and my son is keen to continue the series. We have three more sitting about the house, and the sixth book is due out mid year. I think his interest in fantasy is larger than mine. And that's fine. I do find it interesting how Scott has managed to blend figures from most of the major world mythologies and turn it into a modern story, and enjoy that aspect.
Much of this book was set in the Catacombes of Paris. We were lucky enough to visit the Catacombes on our last trip to Paris. We even went twice as the queue was much too long the first time we visited, so we returned early one morning to be there when they opened. They are a gloomy, weird and creepy place to visit, and makes an excellent backdrop for a fantasy story. My son really enjoyed that we had been there- even though he was a bit freaked out about it at the time!
|It can be a bit overwhelming|
|Femurs and skulls been placed with such care and artistic precision at the front |
(and then there is a big jumble of bones behind this veritable fence of bone)