I loved this trilogy from the first, but it's only gotten better with the second and third books. The Urwald, a dangerous and magical forest, is vivid and wonderful. Jinx's quest - to save the Urwald from being logged by the people of a neighboring kingdom - is worthy and down to earth. Sage Blackwood's writing is insightful, vivid, and displays an enjoyably quirky sense of humor.
The young wizard Jinx concludes his suspenseful and dryly humorous adventures in the magical forest of the Urwald with this third installment in the series that ALA Booklist says “deserves a permanent place in the children’s fantasy pantheon, with Narnia and Earthsea” (Jinx's Magic, starred review). This action-packed conclusion is perfect for readers of fantasy adventure series such as Septimus Heap, the Sisters Grimm, and Fablehaven.
The forest is under attack and its magic is fading. Can Jinx summon enough of his magic—the bright fire within him—to rescue Simon, defeat the Bonemaster, unite the Urwald, and fight off the invaders? He is the Urwald's only hope. . . .
About the Author
Sage Blackwood was born in Chicago and grew up in New York State. She graduated from Antioch College and the University at Albany and taught ESL for many years. Her first fantasy novel, Jinx, was selected as a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, ALA Booklist, School Library Journal, and Amazon.com, and was purchased by President Obama.
“Blackwood offers a story of enchanting texture and depth, and series fans will be elated to have another outing with the sweetly sardonic hero, whose conscience is almost as troublesome as his grasp of spells. Fans of Cornelia Funke should add this to their stacks.” — ALA Booklist
“A solid conclusion to a trilogy...threaded with proper amounts of heroism, humor and ingenious twists of character.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Blackwood keeps an astonishing number of balls in the air for this third book, exploiting facets of her versatile magical world by means of multiple alliances, complex plans of attack, and sticky wizardly puzzles to solve. It’s the puzzles within Jinx himself, however, that give the tale its heart.” — Horn Book Magazine
“The author’s multifaceted invention and sprawling, brawling, well-delineated cast combine forces for a tight, cohesive conclusion.” — Horn Book Magazine
Praise for JINX’S MAGIC: “This series deserves a permanent place in the children’s fantasy pantheon, with Narnia and Earthsea.” — Booklist (starred review)
Praise for JINX’S MAGIC: “The unique setting, smart pace, likable characters, and sprightly voice hold the narrative together while keeping Jinx’s fans eager for more.” — The Horn Book
Praise for JINX’S MAGIC: “As Blackwood extends Jinx’s experiences to other lands, she adds layers of complexity that hint at future developments. The next installment can’t come along soon enough.” — School Library Journal
Praise for JINX: “In this expertly paced, beautifully written fantasy, Blackwood elevates familiar fantasy elements with exquisitely credible characters who inhabit a world filled with well-drawn magic and whimsy.” — Booklist (starred review)
Prasie for JINX: “Blackwood fills her tale with drama and delightfully funny dialogue.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for JINX: “Readers will thrill to journey with Jinx.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for JINX: “[Blackwood] puts her central three [characters] through a string of suspenseful, scary situations before delivering a properly balanced closing set of resolutions, revelations and road signs to future episodes.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Praise for JINX: “Flowing dialogue, easy interactions between the characters, a mixed Diana Wynne Jones/Lloyd Alexander vibe, and a setting both familiar and original make the novel immediately inviting and compelling.” — The Horn Book
Praise for JINX: “Complex characters, compelling fun, a marvelously dastardly villain, all steeped in a tasty stew of mystery and magic. What more could a reader ask for?” — Bruce Coville
Praise for JINX: “JINX is filled with real magic, not just the magic young Jinx learns, but the magic of a great book: memorable, engaging characters,humor that’s actually funny, an original, fantastic world, and real human feelings. I can’t wait for the next one.” — John Stephen, NYT bestselling author of THE EMERALD ATLAS