The Curse of Arkady (Magickers Series #2)

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Jason Adrian and his friends survived Magic Camp. But can they survive the beastly minions of the Dark Hand. . .who seem to have followed them home?

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Jason Adrian and his friends survived Magic Camp. But can they survive the beastly minions of the Dark Hand. . .who seem to have followed them home?

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"The Magickers is America's answer to the Harry Potter series.  Young adults, teens, and even geriatric boomers will enjoy The Curse of Arkady...[and] will be eagerly awaiting the next installment...reminiscent of the early teen fantasies written by Andre Norton." -BookBrowser

"Drake has done a good job of giving her novel its own flavor...a fun and involving tale of youngsters introduced to the dangerous and exciting world of magic." -Locus

After an exciting summer away at Camp Ravenwyng, Jason, Bailey, and the other Magickers return home to start school in this second book of The Magickers. The young people are adjusting to their new magick skills, and many challenges face them in the weeks ahead. Not only must they learn to live in the "real" world without talking about their Talent, but the Dark Hand is also seeking them, and the elders have still not found a safe haven for them. As Halloween approaches, the young magickers experience vivid nightmares and are stalked by wolf jackals. All of them are finally drawn to the old McHenry house, where a decisive confrontation takes place with Brennard, leader of the Dark Hand. Readers are reunited with the original characters back at home with their families, but they might find this book harder to get into than the first. There is not much suspense until about halfway through, although there is plenty of foreshadowing. The final third of the novel is quite suspenseful and moves to a rapid conclusion. The reader never finds out, however, what the Curse of Arkady really is. Despite its slow start, the book leaves readers anxious for the third installment. Recommend this book to everyone waiting for the next Harry Potter episode and to Magicker fans as well. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2002, DAW, 305p,
— Linda Roberts
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Overwritten and full of awkward prose, this sequel to The Magickers (DAW, 2001) does not stand on its own. Jason Adrian is the principal protagonist, though the point of view switches among many characters. His pleasure in making the soccer team is muted not only by a bully at school and a sinister school counselor, but also by the sense that the Dark Hand is after him and that he and his Magicker friends might be vulnerable to the Curse of Arkady. No one seems to know what that Curse is, but it's bound to be bad. The reappearance and sudden death of a long-lost elder Magicker indicates that the Curse may cause rapid aging and death in those who use mana, or magical energy. The good versus evil battle is not presented as a terribly cosmic one-it's more that the bad guy employs dirty tricks and ugly beasts ("wolfjackals"), and is possibly committed to an ecologically unsound coastal development project. Despite the occasional humorous moment and a few scenes of creepy excitement, the text is rarely rewarding, and details about critical plot elements remain unclear to the end. Undiscriminating readers who liked the first book, however, will want to read the continuation of the first adventure. For a far more satisfying read about older children learning to wield magic, try Diana Wynne Jones's Year of the Griffin (Greenwillow, 2000).-Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Chevy Chase, MD Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756401030
  • Publisher: DAW
  • Publication date: 5/20/2003
  • Series: Magickers Series, #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Drake lives in a sand castle by the sea…well, actually, it’s a dusty house full of wonderful old books, cats, and a rambunctious cocker spaniel puppy. And, on a good day when the smog clears, you can see the Pacific Ocean. When she’s not reading or talking with the cats or playing with the puppy, she is thinking of Bailey-isms and writing. Somewhere in the house is a grown-up daughter who likes to read and write histories of the fantastic and brings home pottery from class which looks as if it must have been made in another realm, so she fits in extremely well. Emily is married to a nice gentleman who works very hard in the real world and is often a bit bemused by the goings-on in the sand castle but has a good sense of humor about it all. There are other sons and a daughter who are scattered to the Trade Winds but who write and call home often. All in all, a good day is one in which books can be read and written and enjoyed by anyone Emily can reach. At the moment, the pup only considers a book as a good chew-toy, but she’s hoping he’ll outgrow that. Emily does not normally talk about herself like this, but the cats insisted upon it, like royalty.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2003

    The Curse of Arkady

    The Curse of Arkady was an exellent book. You can really get into it and feel what the character feels. If you like Harry Potter this book is definetly for you. Great concept too with the whole Gatekeeper thing. Very Original

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2003


    A great book for young readers that love fantasy and i am eagerly waiting for the next one to come. If you like to read fantasy, try these... Howls moving castle and the dark lord of derkholme

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    A great Read

    It was a very cool book I recomend it for anyone who likes to read a great fantasy book and am eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series. :~)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2002

    I Agree!!

    The first book review was right on target. This could be America's answer to Pottermania! Wonderful characters which make this book so much fun to read. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy the two Emily Drake books. I can't wait to see what will happen next ... especially with the crystals and that dragon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2002

    The similarities are there...

    I liked this book and the first of the series very much. I liked the way that they incorporated the magic into the real world as much as in the "world of magic" at the camp. It is Harry potter without the limitation of "at school only for under-age wizardry." While I felt that at times I was reading an copywrite infringement on the Potter series, I felt that at these times it was done so humorously that I couldn't be mad at Emily for using it. This book is definately a read for anyone who wants to be a young magician or wizard again. I am very anxious for the third installment of the series as I can't wait to see what gates await the gang.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2002

    America¿s Harry Potter

    Once upon a time two powerful magicians fought a bloody (magically speaking) battle to determine how magic would be used in the world. Neither side really won as magick was ripped out of this world and the elder practitioners moved forward into our time. The forces of light led by Gavan want to establish a school so fresh recruits could have a safe haven to learn how to use the magick. <P>The followers of the Dark led by Brennard don¿t want this to happen and will go to any lengths to stop it. They successfully infiltrated and destroyed the summer camp but not before a group of powerful young adult magickers were discovered and partially trained. Twelve-year-old Jason is the most powerful fledging discovered and now that he is back in the mundane world, the forces of Brennard are doing all that they can to capture him and drain his magickal powers. <P> The Magickers is America¿s answer to the Harry Potter series. Young adults, teens, and even geriatric boomers will enjoy THE CURSE OF ARKADY because there are characters of all the age groups thrust into the main story line. There are many threads left dangling so that the readers will be eagerly awaiting the next installment in this enchanting series. Emily Drake¿s series is reminiscent of the early teen fantasies written by Andre Norton. <P>Harriet Klausner

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