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Author Carla Jablonski brings the Books of Magic series -- originally created by Neil Gaiman and John Bolton in comic book form -- to teen readers, launching with this spellbinding first installment.
When four mysterious men -- John Constantine, Mister E, Dr. Occult, and The Stranger -- approach Timothy Hunter with a magical offer, the boy accepts but isn't sure what he's gotten himself into. Soon, with an owl created from his yo-yo, Tim is whisked to the beginning of time with John Constantine, lands in modern-day San Francisco (and into a vicious night club trap) with the beautiful Zatanna, and eventually gets lost in "Fairyland" with Dr. Occult (who transforms into Rose on the other side). Yet despite the guardians assigned to keep Tim safe on his travels, it's all too clear that as a conduit for powerful magic, he is a prime target of creatures who want him under their control -- or dead.
A first book that includes cool characters, mysterious magic, and plenty of unexpected situations, The Invitation is bound to cast its spell over you. Jablonski's fast-paced read thankfully doesn't lose the dark tone of Gaiman and Bolton's comics, and with an introduction from Gaiman himself, this riveting page-turner is a must-read for fantasy and underground comic buffs. Matt Warner