MIDDLE GRADE BOOK REVIEW and GIVEAWAY: The Magician's Tower by Shawn Thomas Odyssey
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
After reading the first book in this series, The Wizard of Dark Street, which I loved, I was really looking forward to this one. And it didn't disappoint. Oona Crate wants to be a detective but no one will hire her. So in the meantime she decides to compete in the Magician's Tower contest, which her father had almost won years earlier. But when a case presents itself just as she should be focusing on the contest will she be able to handle both?
Once again, Odyssey writes a light, fun mystery with great characters and an entertaining plot. I mean I've never read another book that involved apes throwing fruit, floating furniture, and booby-trapped clocks not to mention a grade school appropriate romance (just a brief kiss and some blushing). I think one of the things I love the most about this series is how Oona uses her reasoning skills to figure things out and not her rather remarkable magical skills. Part of that is fear from a past tragedy that she blames herself for and part of it is admiration for her father a past police inspector with no magical skills. I really like that this is not only a mystery but an untypical one, and it's quite refreshing to combine mystery and fantasy in such a fun way. Highly recommend.
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