Magyk 2020 Reread

Magyk by Angie Sage

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

2020 Reread:
It was great to reread this. The book has some amazing twists and I love the part at the end (spoilers) with the dragon boat. Overall, a great middle grade novel.

2019 Reread:
I don’t know why I didn’t like this book when I was younger! It was super interesting and full of all sorts of funny characters. I especially liked Boy 412 and Jenna; I also thought all the sentient beings like the petcock and the shield bugs were very nice additions to the story. I would love to have an actual living pet rock! Overall, it was a very enjoyable book, I just don’t have much to say about it since I’ve read it before and I’d already seen all the twists and such. However, I did somehow seem to forget about the entire ending with the dragon boat and the flood. What I think I liked the most about this book though, was all the awesome and incredibly useful magyk. The cabbage dinner where you choose what you eat, is something I would want every day of the year. I also thought the way the spells were explained was very interesting. In summary, you read a spell off of a charm object that can be anything from an intricately carved piece of wood to a piece of toast and voila (if you are a good enough wizard) the spell takes effect. It sounds like a very sturdy system and just makes a lot of sense (unlike many other magical systems). In conclusion, I loved reading this book. It was interesting and engaging and overall just a nice read.

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