Saturday, December 18, 2010
Book Review: WITCH & WIZARD 02: THE GIFT by James Patterson & Ned Rust
Imprint:Young Arrow Fiction
Subject:Child Fiction : Teenage Reader
The second instalment in James Patterson's magical new series
DESCRIPTION OF BOOK
Whit and Wisty Allgood are leading the Resistance against the despotic New Order. Hailed as ‘Liberators’, they are prophesised to overthrow the ruling regime. As such, Whit and Wisty have achieved notoriety and are very much top of the New Order’s ‘most wanted' list. But, as time passes, they are becoming more skilful at harnessing their magical capabilities and their powers are growing stronger every day.
The One Who Is The One, leader of the New Order, has escalated the intensity of his bid to elimate the Allgoods and will allow nothing to stand in his way. But, there is something he needs from them first – their ‘Gift’. If he manages to take it from them, it could bolster his already immense magical powers to a level unimaginable. And this could make The One Who Is The One, and the New Order, unstoppable…
This is the second instalment of the Witch and Wizard series by James Patterson and sees the introduction of another new co-author Ned Rust. Just how much of these collaborations are Patterson and how much are the new authors I’d love to know. As the title suggests, this book’s theme relies heavily on witchcraft and wizardry so if you don’t approve of these elements or themes in your YA novels then you will want to steer clear of this one. If that is okay for you or your kids, then this is a book you will enjoy.
The Gift follows on closely to the first Witch and Wizard book, so I highly recommend that you get up to speed with the storyline before attempting this book to ensure you fully enjoy the plot. Without this background knowledge, the story will seem a bit scattered or lacking as it is very much the second part of a series rather than a standalone novel.