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Cybermage (Worldweavers Series #3)
     

Cybermage (Worldweavers Series #3)

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by Alma Alexander
 

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This year at the Wandless Academy feels all wrong to Thea. Her best friend, Magpie, will barely give her the time of day. Ben's been moody and dismissive. Since when did Tess have a boyfriend? And why is Humphrey May, agent for the Federal Bureau of Magic, lurking around the Academy?

Thea is out of sorts—in all ways, magical and otherwise—and that's

Overview

This year at the Wandless Academy feels all wrong to Thea. Her best friend, Magpie, will barely give her the time of day. Ben's been moody and dismissive. Since when did Tess have a boyfriend? And why is Humphrey May, agent for the Federal Bureau of Magic, lurking around the Academy?

Thea is out of sorts—in all ways, magical and otherwise—and that's before she discovers she's an elemental mage, a category of magician so rare that only four others are known to exist.

Now the Federal Bureau of Magic needs Thea's help to unlock the mysterious white cube—the same cube found over the summer in the professor's house, the same cube the dangerous Alphiri are still after. To stay ahead of the Alphiri and the wiles of the FBM, Thea needs her friends—all of them.

From a world woven with magic and suspense comes Alma Alexander's Cybermage, the final installment of the richly invented Worldweavers trilogy.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Monserrat Urena
Third in the series of the "Worldweavers" series sees the return of Thea and the changing direction of her life. It may be that from now on she will no longer have a place in the Wandless Academy. Everyone seems to be growing further apart. Along with this, Thea discovers that she is the rarest sort of magician, an elemental mage. There are only four others known to exist. It is up to her, however, in the midst of all the changes, to discover the secrets of the white cube and to keep it from the hands of the dangerous Alphiri. It is never fair to review a book that is the last in a series of books which you have never read. I am in this position. For those who have loved the progression of Thea's life and experiences at Wandless Academy, I apologize beforehand. The book tried to do too much and ended up being a convoluted mess of government conspiracy, magical relics, and teenage hormones. This being said, however, I am aware of the existence of the previous works which would give a firmer grasp of Thea's world. This book is for fans of the previous books, since it does not stand alone. Reviewer: Monserrat Urena
VOYA - Teri S. Lesesne
Thea and her fellow students at the Wandless Academy are back for another year and another adventure in this third book in the Worldweavers series. A mysterious cube, thought to belong to Nikola Tesla, has been acquired by the FBM, Federal Bureau of Magic, and Thea is asked to unlock its secrets. Little does Thea suspect that in unlocking the elemental cube, she and her friends will become intimately involved in the life of the famed scientist. Alexander again combines the ancient magics of the First World with the newer magic afforded by cyberspace. Thea and her friends use computers to move effortlessly from time to time and place to place. Cyberspace permits those lost to be brought back, if only in some holographic form. Although magic plays a role in the saga, it is not of the spell-casting type. Rather it is a careful use of knowledge of the past with the tools at hand. The magic resides more in the individual person, in this case Thea and her friends, than in some instrument. Significant lessons about the value of one's integrity, of the importance of keeping promises, and the consequences of standing up for one's beliefs are also at the heart of this novel, a fantasy that does not lose its focus on the humans at its core. Strong female characters will draw more girls than boys, but this series should enjoy crossover appeal. Reviewer: Teri S. Lesesne
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—The conclusion of this trilogy finds Thea back at the Wandless Academy for a new school year, where she discovers that her friends have grown apart over the summer. Fortunately for Thea, the Federal Bureau of Magic once again needs help, and she and her friends are called on to open a mysterious elemental cube. The cube turns out to contain Nikola Tesla who, in the world of Worldweavers, is the only elemental mage in history able to control all four elements. Thea is also declared an elemental mage, though her powers still appear to be primarily over computers. This change in her status appears to be an authorial device to put her and Tesla on equal footing. An overly complex plot to help Tesla regain his powers and release him from the cube makes the story slow going. In fact, the world building is ever-so-slightly off pitch. New technologies, characters' abilities, and magics are created seemingly at the whim of the author and don't feel the least bit organic. Sadly, the relationships among the teen characters, which were critical to the appeal of the series, have fallen by the wayside here. The ending is oddly open-ended and lacks the typical closure found in final installments.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Thea Winthrop returns to the Wandless Academy in the fall and is drawn immediately into another adventure when the Federal Bureau of Magic asks for help. She and her friends discover that a mysterious cube contains the personality and powers of an elemental mage. Their efforts to save him from hostile forces propel the story. The fast-paced plot and nonstop suspense are enhanced by Thea's growth into a stronger mage and warier person-changes precipitated by the betrayal of her trust by the FBM and her enlisting an acerbic, very smart Wandless student as an advisor. The climax and resolution, which involve both the alien Alphiri and mythical beings from the Earth's past, demand a strong suspension of disbelief but do provide reader satisfaction. Recurrent characters and settings provide a satisfactory link among volumes of the trilogy (Worldweavers: Spellspam, 2008) but don't make this one work as a stand-alone novel. Buy it to keep the fans happy. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060839611
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/10/2009
Series:
Worldweavers Series , #3
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.33(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Worldweavers: Cybermage

Chapter One

Thea had started the new school year at the Wandless Academy with enthusiasm and a sense of purpose—but then things began to unravel with unnerving speed.

The first unpleasant surprise was her roommate. Thea actually did a double take when Magpie all but fell into their room, a large and apparently heavy backpack on her back and a smaller duffel bag in each hand.

"Hey!" she said, dumping the bags on the floor in an untidy heap. "Back at the salt mines, eh?"

Magpie's right ear had been pierced at least a dozen times along its edge, and it was lined with tiny silver rings, giving it the appearance of being sheathed in chain mail. From each earlobe dangled long earrings wrought from copper wire and some sparkly crystal.

But something else was different. Something far more disquieting.

"Your hair," Thea said, startled.

Magpie flicked back from her face a long braid that had been dyed an improbable shade of platinum blond. A purple bandanna sewn with sequins held back the rest of her hair, which had been hacked into uneven layers as though attacked by a straight-edge razor. A couple of rats'-tails, left long on purpose, were hanging from the back of her head.

"You like it?" Magpie said, craning her neck a little to catch a glimpse of herself in the dresser mirror. "I just got bored—I've worn my hair the same way since I was in the cradle. My cousin Clarice did it. She trained as a hairdresser before they kicked her out of beauty school for, I don't know, being too weird for the clients or something." She turned to give Thea an appraising look.

Thea covered her own hair with both hands. "Don't even think about it."

Magpie laughed. "You might actually, you know, like it."

"But you were so proud of your hair last year," Thea said plaintively.

"It's a change." Magpie shrugged. The platinum strand persisted in hanging over her face like some strange visiting-alien tentacle, and Thea couldn't quite tear her fascinated gaze from it.

"You usually travel lighter than that," she said, eyeing the pile of baggage on the floor.

"You wouldn't believe how much room makeup bags take up," Magpie said airily. She rooted around in the smaller of the duffels and came up with about seven different lipsticks, which she spilled on top of the dresser.

"Since when do you wear so much stuff on your face?" Thea asked with a sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach. "And what on earth do you use this one for? It's black!"

Magpie shot her a coy look from under lashes spiked with mascara. "It's fun," she said. "You're welcome to try them, if you like. Even the black one."

She was still bubbly, full of her usual brand of charm and high spirits, but it was different, somehow. Magpie was focused on different things now, and Thea was finding it unexpectedly difficult to reconcile the new Magpie with the friend whom she had come to know and even depend on. This was not the same Magpie who would cuddle close a wild creature wrapped in a ratty blanket. It wasn't as though they had suddenly found each other to be complete strangers—they were still friends, on the surface—but there was something missing, something that Thea couldn't quite put a finger on until she woke abruptly one night from a choppy and unsettling dream, nearly two weeks after their return to the Academy.

"Shhh," Magpie whispered from the shadows, "it's just me. Go back to sleep." "What have you got now?" Thea said sleepily, propping herself up on one elbow. "Got?" Magpie echoed, sounding surprised. "What have I got?"

"What sort of critter have you picked up now?" Thea asked. Then she caught her first real glimpse of Magpie, who was standing in a patch of moonlight that had slipped through the half-closed curtains. The dim light caught a hint of gelled glitter and dark eyeliner, and her mouth was a dark slash on her pale face. She was dressed in something tight and black, with the ensemble completed by a short flouncy skirt that barely came past the tops of her thighs; on her feet were a pair of lace-up sneakers with platform heels.

"No critters," Magpie said, even as Thea completed her astonished inspection. "Where are you going?"

Magpie's sudden grin was a disconcerting flash of white teeth in the moonlit shadows; she looked like a cat suddenly yawning to bare its fangs. "I'm meeting Gary over by the pond," she said. "Be a sweetie, and if Mrs. Chen asks . . ."

"I'm not going to lie to Mrs. Chen!"

"You would have if I were out with a sick raccoon!"

"It's not the same thing at all!"

"Whatever," Magpie said, after a beat of awkward silence. "I gotta go, he'll be expecting me. I should be back in a couple of hours. Don't worry; I already know all the tricks of keeping myself out of harm's way."

"Wait a sec, I don't . . ." Thea called, but Magpie didn't wait for an answer. By the time Thea got to the door of their room, opening it a crack to peer into the corridor, Magpie was already gone.

They didn't share lunch the next day, with Magpie defecting to a new crowd of friends in the cafeteria who apparently found life a lot more amusing than Thea did. As Thea stood with her tray, Magpie did look up, but neither she nor any of her companions seemed inclined to invite Thea to join them. Feeling oddly hurt, Thea looked around and saw Ben sitting at one end of a long table, picking at his food without much enthusiasm. Across the table from him, Tess, her own half-finished lunch on the tray in front of her, had her nose buried firmly in a textbook. She was taking several college-level classes that year, and had been entirely wrapped up in the workload ever since they had all come back to school. Now that a rift had opened between Thea and Magpie, Thea was suddenly aware how little she had seen of her other friends since the beginning of the semester.

Worldweavers: Cybermage. Copyright � by Alma Alexander. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Alma Alexander is the author of several previous novels, including Worldweavers: Gift of the Unmage and Worldweavers: Spellspam. She was born in Yugoslavia, grew up in the United Kingdom and Africa, and now lives in the state of Washington.

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Cybermage (Worldweavers Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
We pick up with Thea and her magicless friends in another school year at the Wandless Academy. But everyone is starting to grow up and changing - new friends and boyfriends. Thea still feels guilty for what was done to Diego in the last book and having troubles dealing with it. Humphrey May, from the FBM, shows up at the school to see if Thea could help him again, with the Elemental Cube that was found in the bag the Trickster had. Thea brings her friends together again and could unlock new possibilities for her and her friends. I loved this book. Thea shines at her best here and things about her abilities with the computer and the weaving in Cheveyo's world start to click into place. I had not realized until this book but Theo has grown tremendously and became a strong character. She has to make a few tough decisions in this book, but the caring person she is, she makes it through. This book shows the growth the characters are making, and their leap into adulthood. In the starts of this book, as it's the third, we already know of all magical allergies our crew of kids have and Alma does a wonderful job of giving us a brief fresher of who's allergic to what with brief happenings from last year with the spellspam. This is gently done to bring us right back into her wonderful magic filled world and jumping right into Humphrey May showing up at the school to talk with Thea. The mystery of the cube and the wondrous magic that is used in this book kept me turning the pages. I love the elemental magic usage here, as it's nicely laid out to understand easily. And yet it can be built on. The American Indian relation in the symbols. These are played out in different degrees, and they are big parts in the storyline. This book is wonderful for Young Adult readers. Even though the characters are growing up and Thea is seeing they have boyfriends, it is not filled with the gory violence or sexual content. It is a wonderful read of an intriguing storyline and interestingly fun characters. This is the last book in the series. But there seems to be small openings for Alma if she were to return to this world. And I would love to read additional books if Alma does make them.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Thea has returned to the Wandless Academy, but everything seems off this school year. It doesn't help that her roommate, Magpie, seems to have entered another world, wanting to be part of the popular crowd. But like the past, Humphrey May shows up at her school, and Thea is off on another adventure with her friends. Thea is asked to uncover the secret of a mysterious cube. With the help of her friends, Thea uses her elemental powers to reveal what is inside. But unlocking the cube is just the beginning of the intrigue. It all leads back to secrets that started with the only known quad-Elemental, Nikola Tesla. Tesla somehow created a way to save part of himself after his death. It's up to Thea and her friends to return Tesla to himself. But it will involve the Federal Bureau of Magic, the Alphiri and the Faela, as well as some of Thea's old friends off the Broken Road. CYBERMAGE takes the WORLDWEAVER series to the next level. Thea is coming into her own powers and the world is changing around her. She has much to learn but also much to teach. Ms. Alexander weaves an intriguing fantasy novel with the third installment of the WORLDWEAVER series. The story is much easier to follow having read the previous novels, but the story can stand alone, as well. Though the story is written in an easy-to-read manner, the technical aspects may make it above the comprehension of those below the 9th grade. There is nothing offensive that would prohibit someone younger from reading this or the previous novels, but some of the concepts may be harder to grasp for the younger audience. Overall, Ms. Alexander has another hit with CYBERMAGE.