Middle Grade Review: The Magicians Tower

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For those of you wondering what is going on with the Middle Grade posts, fear not! For I bring you tidings of more good MG titles to come! Over the past year and a half I’ve been in major transition, traveling/living everywhere from Italy, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and finally, back to Portland. Now that my life is *finally* coming to a more grounded consistency, the MG posts will once again continue on a weekly basis (perhaps even twice a week). And yes, all my promised reviews are coming! Stay tuned for more! But let’s pick back up with a bit of magic: The Magicians Tower.

Official Synopsis:

“Despite her extraordinary magical abilities and sleuthing skills, Oona Crate’s detective agency has failed to take off. But a new challenge captures her attention—The Magician’s Tower Contest.

Held every five years, no one has ever completed the array of dangerous tasks (such as racing on flying carpets or defeating a horde of angry apes). As the competition commences, a case emerges. A rare punchbowl—one with unparalleled magical powers—has disappeared from the carnival surrounding the Magician’s Tower. If Oona can find the culprit, she could use the bowl to answer her question about her mother’s and sister’s tragic deaths so many years ago—was she really at fault?

Full of magic, mystery, and fun, THE MAGICIAN’S TOWER continues the wonderful adventures of Oona Crate.

Let me start off by saying I’m new to this series.

I didn’t read book one, The Wizard of Dark Street so perhaps my The Magician's Tower (Oona Crate Mystery, #2)perspective is a bit unique in that respect (I have nothing to compare it to), but I will say this delightful book might just be one of my favorite Middle Grade reads of 2013.

Oona Crate is compelling, smart, tough, charmingly imperfect, and female, (always a refreshing combination of qualities in a main character). The tower competition will provide plenty of enjoyment for those readers who enjoy honing their powers of deduction, and the plot pace feels natural and unrushed. Solid writing here folks.

Of course, as the true fantasy fan that I am, I’d have to say what I liked most about The Magicians Tower is the element of fantasy tied in with our regular ol’ muggle world. Yes, the gates to Faerie are just at the end of the road (bared up and sworn to eternal protection by the wizards of Dark Street), but the constant lure of enchanted seems to seep through every chapter.

A perfect fall read, with a touch of magic. Read it. It’s worth the trip down the shady alley ways of Dark Street.

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4 responses to “Middle Grade Review: The Magicians Tower

  1. I’m not usually a fantasy-lover, but this one does sound like fun so I may make an exception. Also, I LOVE the cover!

  2. I just read this and the first book not too long ago and really enjoyed them! By not reading The Wizard of Dark Street, what you really missed out on is Oona Crate deciding to continue being the wizard’s apprentice after realizing that magic can be used for good as long as she can control it. I definitely say give it a read even though you’ve already read The Magician’s Tower :)

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