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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; First THUS edition (June 27 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075640035X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756400354
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 186 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,489,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on Aug. 27 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book because I was jonsen for Harry Potter and it is still a year till the next book comes out. I wish someone had warned me not to, because I will never get back the hours I spent reading this book.
It is completely assinine! Let's just ignore that she simply took Harry Potter and changed tiny things. The action scenes were confusing and I couldn't tell what happened. The reveal of magic to the students was badly done--there were no denials or confusion. The students just accepted it. Immediately one of them asked if they could tell their parents. Huh??? Can you say unrealistic? Yes, I know it is fiction, but please...
Also, the children knew things and would reinforce what the teachers were trying to teach them. Example: Teacher, "I am looking for a skinwalker." Student, "Isn't that a shapeshifter?" Where did they learn this stuff? Each time was simply a poor attemp to give the reader necessary information.
In addition, the conversations that Jason (AKA a poor man's Harry Potter) overhears does not give enough info to entice the reader to care what they are talking about. And to top it all off, you can't tell one character from another because, frankly, none of them were developed.
It was frustrating and irritating as the events unfolded and I wish I could give it less than 1 star. Recommend it to someone you hate. Otherwise, move along. You will thank me for it.
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By A Customer on July 14 2003
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Basically what Emily Drake does is take Harry Potter, turn it into a formula and use the formula to write a very dissapointing book. If you put the two series next to each other you see many similarities, to many to be accidental. She gives us the male best friend, the female best friend. And they form a threesome to try and solve the mysteries by sneaking around at night and spying on the teachers. (This all seems oddly familiar, doesnt it.) She also gives him a broken home life to come from and a task to save the world/ camp. Emily Drake also gives us a group of teachers who seem to remind me of some other teachers from another book series. (Funny how familiar this all seems)
If you really think this sounds like a good book just read Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. (aka Sorcerors Stone) You will get a better book that is funnier and more understandable. (I had to read the ending four times and I still didnt get it. Seriously I shouldnt need to do that! Maybe I'm just slow,oh well.) There is a lot more I could say but they cover that in the editorial reviews.
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By Petari on July 14 2003
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Basically what Emily Drake does is take Harry Potter, turn it into a formula and use the formula to write a very dissapointing book. If you put the two series next to each other you see many similarities, to many to be accidental. She gives us the male best friend, the female best friend. And they form a threesome to try and solve the mysteries by sneaking around at night and spying on the teachers. (This all seems oddly familiar, doesnt it.) She also gives him a broken home life to come from and a task to save the world/ camp. Emily Drake also gives us a group of teachers who seem to remind me of some other teachers from another book series. (Funny how familiar this all seems)
If you really think this sounds like a good book just read Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. (aka Sorcerors Stone) You will get a better book that is funnier and more understandable. (I had to read the ending four times and I still didnt get it. Seriously I shouldnt need to do that! Maybe I'm just slow,oh well.) There is a lot more I could say but they cover that in the editorial reviews.
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When I started reading The Magickers I thought that Emily Drake was a good author with a practical idea; to cash in on the Harry Potter craze. The more I read, though, the more I realized how untrue this thought was. While there are certainly similar elements between the two - a lonely young boy finds out that he can use magic in a hidden world that operates within our own - Drake's story is fresh and compelling. Her characters show the complexity and personality that you'd want in a friend (or an enemy), the plot is full of entertaining twists, and Drake skillfully manages to deal with the concepts of good and evil both subtly and realistically.
This book is a great read for both children and adults, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loved the Harry Potter series.
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When Jason Adrian is injured during soccer tryouts, he is devastated that he cannot go to soccer camp with his best friend. He was certain that he was doomed to spending summer eating Jell-O with his grandmother. But his English teacher unexpectedly comes to his rescue and he is off to Camp Ravenwyng. His overprotective stepmother cannot really find anything wrong with a camp for creative and imaginative students, so Jason finds himself on a funky little bus with a small group of kids and two weird-looking counselors. This bus ride is Jason's first tip-off that Ravenwyng isn't an ordinary camp - not when they suddenly went from nowhere to somewhere and night and day became totally confused in the process. Jason quickly finds that this is just the beginning. All of the children at camp were chosen because of their magicial potential and they are being trained to use that magic. As if that wasn't enough, he has to deal with a shape-shifting fellow camp kid, a disappearing best friend and a traitor in their midst. For he discovers that Camp Ravenwyng is the new battleground between the Camp Ravenwyng Magickers and their ancient enemy, the Dark Hand of Brennard and that a member of the Dark Hand is at camp plotting evil deeds...
I resisted buying this book for quite some time because I thought it was a total Harry Potter .... and it both is and it isn't.
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