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4.0 out of 5 stars A magical adventure through Victorian London., 20 Aug. 2001
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Shikha Sharma (Middx, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: A Handful of Magic (Paperback)
This book is the first in a magical series that follows the adventures of the young wizard, Kit. It contains all the classic ingredients of a children's storybook - good in the form of the magic community versus evil which manifests itself here as the evil scientist, Stafford Sparks who is determined that electricity should replace the use of magic in England. Elboz writes well in a style comparable to J.K. Rowling, and the story commences at a nice pace, with novel touches such as the bewitched gargoyles who guard St. Paul's Cathedral. Set in Victorian England, what works especially well in the novel is the way in which the fantastical world of witches and wizards is juxtaposed with the reality and familiarity of everyday life. The reader is transported to a period when secret Burrower populations lived beneath London helping to construct the Underground. What perhaps spoilt the book for me was the disappointment of Kit, the story's main character who comes across as rather irritating with equally irksome friends. The lack of truly remarkable characters definitely affected my overall enjoyment of what is otherwise a well-written novel by a fantastic author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting tale of the war between Science and Magic, 1 April 2001
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This review is from: A Handful of Magic (Paperback)
Kit and his friends inhabit London (a slightly different London to the one we know!) In their city magic is predominant. Flying carpets are used for transport, werewolves are on display, and a very important person lives in the tower of Old St. Paul's Cathedral.
Science becomes a force to be reckoned with. Stafford Sparks (the evil scientist)rival's the Queen's Witch Doctor (Kit's Father)for power in the land. For adults the ensuing conflicts are reminiscent of those of the prime Ministers of Queen Victoria's day, and the concerns about the rise of science and all the social changes that it brings surely reflect those of 19th century England.
For children it is a wonderfully exciting story!
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