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Review | The Magician’s Dream

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Thirteen year old Oona Crate should be studying for her battle tests so she’s able to protect Dark Street and the World of Man beyond from the faerie Queen should the Glass Gates ever fall. While an unlikely prospect, it’s nonetheless Oona’s job as the Wizard’s neice and apprentice to study.

And Oona would be studying to pass her tests, she really would, if it weren’t for the cute boy shelving books at the library or the rose knot that was found at the recent museum robbery. A rose knot that hasn’t been seen since one was tied to the gun that killed her father.

Oona can’t help but be involved in this mystery, no matter what seems most important. Hopefully, it’s not just a distraction…

Hott Review:

What I liked: The Magician’s Dream is an interesting and fun read.
The adventure and mystery will delight you and your family for hours. There is constantly something going on and watching Oona as she navigates an adult world with different personalities and biases will be a learning experience for all.
As a parent, one of my favorite parts of the book is Deacon. He’s constantly explaining events and words that Oona already seems to know but that our audience may not. It’s done in such a way that readers won’t even realize they’re learning!
What I didn’t like: To me it was very evident that The Magician’s Dream is part of a series. There are frequent mentions of events in past books that made me feel like I was missing something important. I’m not sure if the intended audience will feel the same way though.
While overall I really enjoyed The Magician’s Dream there were times that I felt Oona was disregarding advice or being disrespectful in a way I didn’t particularly like. While this won’t be a problem for most, and won’t stop me from allowing my kids to read this, I thought I should share.


Author: Shawn Thomas Odyssey
Source: Netgalley
Publisher & Date: Egmont USA, Jun 23, 2015
Genre: Children’s Fiction
ISBN: 978-1606845110
Pages: 320
Grade: B+
Ages: 8-12 | Grades 3-7
Setting: Dark Street
This Counts for these Challenges: 2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 New Authors Reading Challenge, 2015 NetGalley Reading Challenge
Series: Oona Crate Mystery #3

The Wizard of Dark Street

The Magician’s Tower

The Magician’s Dream

Author Bio:

For eight mysterious years Shawn Thomas Odyssey labored extremely long hours in a 140-seat (and rumored to be haunted) professional theatre in Santa Barbara, California. There he worked as an actor, a musician, a stagehand, a set builder, a scenic painter, casting coordinator, and was the person they sent into the dank, dark underbelly of the theatre to find rusty old props and spider infested wigs.

Upon his perilous escape from this life of daring stagecraft, he began an equally death-defying career as a music composer for film, television, and video games, creating scores for HBO’s Deadwood, and the Activision/Dreamworks video game Kung Fu Panda.

As if these daunting careers were not enough, he sought out even more fearsome territory by writing all kinds of treacherous stories, plays, and books, and acquired a tireless obsession for research into a subject he likes to call “the Dark Street phenomenon.”

Shawn lives in California.

Connect with Shawn Here: author's website twitter facebook


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