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Witch and Wizard, Volume 1: Battle for Shadowland
     

Witch and Wizard, Volume 1: Battle for Shadowland

by James Patterson, Dara Naraghi, Victor Santos (Artist)
 

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In a blink of an eye, their world has changed, with the oppressive New Order declaring all magic as evil incarnate! In this action-packed tale spinning out of author James Pattersons' bestselling novel, Witch & Wizard, sibling teenagers Whit and Wisty Allgood use their newly discovered magical powers to infiltrate the enemy territory of the New Order to gain control

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In a blink of an eye, their world has changed, with the oppressive New Order declaring all magic as evil incarnate! In this action-packed tale spinning out of author James Pattersons' bestselling novel, Witch & Wizard, sibling teenagers Whit and Wisty Allgood use their newly discovered magical powers to infiltrate the enemy territory of the New Order to gain control of the inter-dimensional Shadowland.

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Publishers Weekly
Filling the gap between the first two volumes of Patterson's bestselling Witch and Wizard series, this original graphic novel finds teenagers Whit and Wisty Allgood (no subtlety there!) using their newfound magical powers (inherited from their parents) to fight the New Order, an oppressive dictatorship now running the U.S. In this caper, the siblings must go on various highly dangerous missions into both New Order Territory and another dimension known as the Shadowland. Of course, being teenagers, there are various emotional subplots among the teammates, including Whit's longing for his girlfriend, Celia, who is now a ghost. Although fans of the prose series will probably give this a look, they might not be entirely sold. Santos creates likable character designs, but his art is garish and confusing in many places, with no sense of world building. It's also completely out of character for the grim dystopian feeling of the novels and oddly unsuited for what is basically a nonstop action story. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)
VOYA - Lisa Martincik
Siblings Whit and Wisty Allgood are on the run from the government, living in an abandoned apartment store with other teens who, like them, possess magic powers. The New Order has outlawed all such powers and are keenly interested in suppressing the talented and rebellious Allgoods. Led by the dictatorial One Who is the One, the New Order also plots to take over the other-dimensional Shadowland, homeland of ghosts and monsters and a handy means of travel for witches and wizards. Overcoming recent quarrels and traumas, the young rebels mount an expedition to contact the ghosts of the Shadowland while some of their number enter the lair of the enemy. Falling between the first and second novels of Patterson's Witch & Wizard series, this shorter story fleshes out some of the outside conditions of the world the New Order is making, as well as the structure of and relationships within the young magicians' movement. Though not given credit on the cover, this book is co-authored by Dara Naraghi and illustrated by Victor Santos. Santos' storytelling is straightforward and capable if unremarkable; his figure work at times resembles that of Michael Oeming, which is no bad thing. New readers will be able to easily grasp the situation and characters; plenty of introductory text sneaks into the dialogue and the premise itself is simple (even simplistic). Fans of the first novel should appreciate this in-between adventure that furthers the relationships between some of the characters and even includes one death. Reviewer: Lisa Martincik

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781600107597
Publisher:
Idea & Design Works, LLC
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Series:
Witch and Wizard Graphic Novel Series
Edition description:
Graphic novel edition
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
Education:
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
Website:
http://www.jamespatterson.com

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