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Jinx's Magic (Jinx Series #2)

Jinx's Magic (Jinx Series #2)

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by Sage Blackwood

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Jinx knows he can do magic. But he doesn't know why he's being stalked by a werewolf with a notebook, why the trees are starting to take back the only safe paths through the Urwald, or why the elves think Jinx and the evil Bonemaster are somehow connected.

Jinx's perilous search for answers takes him to the desert land of Samara, where, according to


Jinx knows he can do magic. But he doesn't know why he's being stalked by a werewolf with a notebook, why the trees are starting to take back the only safe paths through the Urwald, or why the elves think Jinx and the evil Bonemaster are somehow connected.

Jinx's perilous search for answers takes him to the desert land of Samara, where, according to the wizard Simon, he just might find the ancient magic he needs to defeat the Bonemaster and unite the Urwald. But Jinx finds himself in a centuries-old conspiracy that places the Urwald in even greater danger.

In this second installment of the Jinx trilogy, Sage Blackwood's daring hero is called upon to save the Urwald. The more he learns, however, the clearer it becomes that this quest will require more than the magic of a solitary wizard's apprentice, and soon he'll have to call upon all of the Urwald—witches, werewolves, wizards, and trees—for help.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
It's hard not to like a fantasy that is set in an argumentative magical forest, but Blackwood squanders the promise of her debut (Jinx, 2013) with a sequel that just spins its wheels. Though he's repeatedly assured that he doesn't know who he is or what he's doing, 12-year-old wizard-in-training Jinx continues to explore the nebulous extent of his burgeoning magical powers. He does this both at a school in the city of Samara, where he discovers a new style of magic, and in the Urwald, where he can draw huge amounts of raw power from the trees--but his ability to hear and speak to them is a mixed blessing. Meanwhile, his crabby mentor, Simon Magus, is recaptured by the Bonemaster, an affable archnemesis who has also taken to exterminating the Urwald's scattered human communities, and Simon's scholarly wife, Sophie, has been imprisoned. Further complicating matters, Reven (aka Prince Raymond) has given the whole forest fantods by promoting a profitable lumbering operation on the way to reclaiming his throne. Blackwood drops hints of a larger conflict looming and continues to throw her protagonist into dangerous situations. At odds with this are tongue-in-cheek plot elements, such as Jinx's ability to see thoughts as pink puffy clouds or other shapes, cryptic remarks delivered at odd moments by elves and an oddly rational werewolf. Typical of middle volumes: much backing and forthing to not enough purpose. (Fantasy. 10-12)

The Horn Book
The unique setting, smart pace, likable characters, and sprightly voice hold the narrative together while keeping Jinx’s fans eager for more.
Booklist (starred review)
This series deserves a permanent place in the children’s fantasy pantheon, with Narnia and Earthsea.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—The middle book of a trilogy must be the hardest to write: the thrill of the first book's creation of setting and characters is over and the satisfaction of tying every loose end together is yet to come. In this sequel to Jinx (HarperCollins, 2013), Blackwood succeeds in keeping readers' interests piqued without completely frustrating them. Jinx travels beyond the borders of his beloved Urwald and learns that it must be saved from the greedy depredations of invading foreigners from Keyland. He insinuates himself into the school at the Temple in Samara so he can explore the history of magic. As Blackwood extends Jinx's experiences to other lands, she adds layers of complexity that hint at future developments. Jinx's magical powers are strengthening, but he doesn't fully understand their source or their extent. He's still finding out how to use his gifts. The result of these uncertainties is that readers are left feeling as unsettled and unbalanced as he is. The next installment can't come along soon enough.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Sage Blackwood's Jinx Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Sage Blackwood lives at the edge of a large forest, with thousands of books and a very old dog, and enjoys carpentry, cooking, and walking in the woods of New York State.

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Jinx's Magic 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A perfect sequel to Jinx!  Jinx is out from under Simon's wing, a powerful wizard in his own right, and able to explore a much larger slice of his world, and perhaps another world, than he could as a young child.  Freed from his dependence on Simon the possibly-not-evil wizard, he starts to realize how much he cares about Simon as a person.  And he faces difficult choices, realizing that good and evil are not simple.  There's his friend Reven, who is loyal, kind, courteous, honorable (well, for a thief), and, incidentally, the single greatest threat to the Urwald and its inhabitants.  There's Dame Glammer, who's probably evil, but always seems to end up helping Jinx out.  There's his crush Elfwyn, who always tells the truth - and, as a result, can't be trusted.  There's the hilariously pompous Witch Seymour, who's probably not evil, but very gossipy - and an invaluable source of information for Jinx (which is good) and for Reven (which is perhaps not so good).  And all this is before Jinx goes to Samara, not for a brief bewildering visit as before, but to study banned magic, and possibly get involved with an outlawed conspiracy...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is SUCH an amazing book!!!!!!!!
Sparklehal More than 1 year ago
I loved Jinx and Jinx's Magic. They are both well written and I love the humor. I cannot wait to see how Jinx will save Simon. HE HAS TO! I have been recommending this book to the students at our school. Most of them give great reviews. It is a little long for some of them but a great story will keep you entertained no matter how long the book it. I love leaving this reality and entering the land of Fantasy. Sage Blackwood is a great writer and I want to read more.
Mildmay More than 1 year ago
This second book was a perfect sequel to the first. I felt anxiety with the character and loved the fact we get to explore Samara. The plot kept thickening and getting interesting. Of course it ends with a cliffhanger so I'm desperate to get ahold of a third, but I don't see any announcements for a third. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read jinx and i thot the secend wold be out and i fond this and i can't wait to read this book the first was grate and if you have not read it you shod theas book by Sage Blackwood are fantisy for kids about 8 and up but thare is some odd languge
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes! A sequl to Jinx. You should get this. Totally