Monday, November 13, 2006

Book-A-Day #120 (11/13): Magic Lessons by Justine Larbalestier

This is the sequel to Magic or Madness, and the middle book in a trilogy. It's a YA series with an intriguing hook: magic is real, and inherited, but it's not all that great. If you have magic, you need to either use it (and die very young, since it uses up your life), or go insane (from to stress of not using it).

This book adds some more complications to the first book's set-up, and we get some more family history, but it's a bit middle-booky; it starts in the middle and it ends in the middle.

On the other hand, the three books are short enough to read straight through -- there are plenty of adult novels that are longer than this trilogy -- so that's mostly a question of packaging.

On to book three tomorrow; I hope it all ends well. (Or at least appropriately.)

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