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Review: The Moment of the Magician

By pcurd

The Moment of the Magician
The Moment of the Magician by Alan Dean Foster
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This story did drag a bit for me. The travelling became the entire story – the actual plot was resolved within a couple of chapters at the end – and left all sorts of holes open.

You know how in a good story there are loads of tangential bits that don’t make sense on their own but then – boom – everything is revealed? Well The Moment of the Magician does the bits, but forgets the boom. None of the odd little side plots are resolved and it just becomes a walking story. Most of the Spellsinger books fit this description but this is by far the most blatant and most unoriginal yet.

The characters stayed a little more fixed this time without new “leads” appearing all over the place, which was nice, and we got some nice scenes with JonTom and Mudge doing things together which threw me back to the first book and happier times (for me, as the reader).

I am running out of things to say about these books, they are all very similar and writing this a few days later I find it hard to remember what happened and what was in the next book (yes, I’ve dived straight into number 5. 6? I’ve lost count) but I could be anywhere or anywhen in the timeline and be equally confused.

They are fun enough but I don’t feel like I’m learning anything!

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