Magic's Child (Magic or Madness Trilogy Series #3)

Magic's Child (Magic or Madness Trilogy Series #3)

by Justine Larbalestier


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In the third and final installment in the Magic or Madness trilogy, only Reason can find answers within her family's magic to save everyone that matters most to her.

Magic's Child is the fantastically gripping conclusion to a trilogy that launched to multiple starred reviews, earning spots on the 2006 BBYA final list, and the Locus 2005 and 2006 Recommended Reading Lists.

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ISBN-13: 9781595141811
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 03/27/2008
Series: Magic or Madness Trilogy Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Justine Larbalestier was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Her first book, The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction, was shortlisted for the Hugo Award. Her second, Magic or Madness, won the Norton Award. She now divides her time between Sydney and New York City, with her husband, Scott Westerfeld.

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Magic's Child (Magic or Madness Trilogy Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Sorrel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While the first book in Justine Larbalestier¿s Magic or Madness trilogy was slightly sinister, the second two books (Magic Lessons and Magic's Child) were more along the lines of slightly tedious. The first book had set up a consistent and intriguing account of magic use and consequences, which I found fascinating enough to want to explore more. I read all the way to the end of the series, but was not sufficiently impressed to be recommending this series to other people. Unfortunately, instead of developing her ideas with the same degree of rigour and originality that seemed indicated with their introduction, Larbalestier continued with inconsistencies and implausibilities. Even the plot twist at the very end was unsupported by what had gone before. On the up side, while the first two books made laboured, self-conscious use of Australian slang, the language in the final book seemed more natural.
dotarvi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very satisfying ending to a difficult story. When Magic or Madness are the only choices, finding another way takes some creativity.
MeganAndJustin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very satisfying ending to a difficult story. When Magic or Madness are the only choices, finding another way takes some creativity.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy - Reason, now gifted with the powers of her immortal ancestor, becomes less and less human as she becomes intoxicated by magic. All of the magic uses are faced with stunning new options - to become and inhuman part of the magic, or to give up magic forever and become normal people again.I thought the characters were weaker in this last book, I didn't buy into the romance, or the motivations of Sarafina or her father. And the ending seemed like a Hollywood bid for further books.I'd give this to fans of the first two.
pokylittlepuppy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this series! Something about its style was really unique to me, had kind of a candid realism that I liked. I think what I mean by that is that lots of things I didn't expect happened, and also that things didn't always sound pleasant.I personally felt the series got less gripping as it went on, especially after it got all kooky at the end of book 2, but maybe my taste for kooky magic is still developing. But it felt like it lost some urgency the more powerful its characters got. A fantasy paradox?These books felt good though, in the writing. It feels good when she describes cold weather, and when characters start kissing. I'm excited that Larbalestier is putting all the cool stuff she seems to know into books like these.
mandochild on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a strange thing how, once an author gets a big idea, they start wanting to expand on it and make it bigger and bigger. Only, it gets too big and runs away with the author. It certainly seems, to me, to be the case for Phillip Pullman, and, I fear, to a certain extent, for Justine Larbalestier. This final book doesn't have quite the same magic (yep, pun intended!) of the first book. However, I did rather like the lack of "neatness" in the way it ended - Tom's ultimate decision seemed far more realistic than the more predictable alternative. And I still love the whole way magic is conceived in these novels, not to mention the writing style. I wonder what made Larbalestier use maths as a basis for magic, given that she is not mathematical herself? It seems a very unusual choice. But it is so perfect, I'm just glad she did have that vision.Oh dear, have just seen there are two more Larbalestier titles - hmm!
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
At the start of this wonderful conclusion to a great fantasy trilogy, Reason Cansino is a lot of things most fifteen year olds aren't. She's magic. She's pregnant. And she may or may not be entirely human.

In this continuation of Reason's story, she is falling more and more deeply into the strange, ancient, and inhuman power given to her by Raul Cansino. She is becoming more and more scarily powerful--but she's giving up her humanity (and maybe that of her unborn child) for that power. She won't die young like so many magic-wielders who use their powers unwisely, and neither will she go crazy and end up in the loony-bin with her mother.

But is giving up her humanity worth it?

MAGIC'S CHILD is strictly a continuation of an already begun story. It is not a story within itself, really, and, as such, should only be picked up by those who have read the first two parts of the trilogy (MAGIC OR MADNESS and MAGIC LESSONS). If you haven't read those, well, they're highly recommended, as well!

Justine Larbalestier's third installment in the MAGIC OR MADNESS trilogy is a good conclusion to the story, one that will have readers racing through it as fast as possible. It was a little bit open-ended for my taste, but not in a terrible cliffhanger way. It was either a less than fabulous last chapter or a fabulous way to leave the door open for another book set in this universe; who knows? Either way, the characters, dialogue, and style of MAGIC'S CHILD are all great, it's well worth reading, and I'm looking forward to reading more from Justine Larbalestier.
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This highly lauded conclusion to the Magic or Madness trilogy is passable, but not nearly as worthy of celebration as some of the reviews would indicate. The premise for the story is wonderful: magic wielders have a choice, use their magic sparingly and die young or go crazy. This presents some unique challenges that are interesting at first. The start of the book moved at a fast pace, and held my interest, but at about the third chapter, the magic died for me and I pretty much quit caring about the characters. Reason Cansino is a fifteen year old magic wielder who, in a tryst orchestrated by her magical relation, becomes pregnant. Reason¿s mother, Sarafina, has gone crazy because she has eschewed magic entirely as evil. Jay-Tee is one of Reason¿s best friends (and it is Jay-Tee¿s eighteen year old brother who is the proud father¿except he doesn¿t know this until the end of the book) and falls head over magic for Tom, another of Reason¿s good friends. Jay-Tee has used her magic poorly and is near death until the intervention of Reason¿s uber magic relation who has changed Reason¿s magic into something very different. Reason then has the power to turn off the magic for magic wielders (which she does for Jay-tee, thus Jay-tee¿s salvation), but she will only be able to use that for a very short time because she herself is transforming into an entirely magic being. When that transformation is complete, Reason will no longer be human with human concerns. Religion and philosophy are woven through this story as well as the age old tale of good versus evil. In order to maintain long life, magic wielders are known to prey (somewhat vampirically) upon other magic wielders. Reason¿s grandfather is one of those, and there are allusions to her grandmother being a similar kind of person. In the end, everyone (except Tom who decides to keep his magic) lives unmagically ever after. The Epilogue opens the door (another subplot) for more books following the life of Reason¿s daughter who has been named ¿Magic.¿ What did I not like about the book? Well, it wasn¿t the WORST book I¿ve ever read, but it certainly treated teen sexuality and the aftermath with a most cavalier hand. Call me a prude, but most girls who are pregnant are NOT going to rescue the world and have a father to their children who is filthy rich and, as long as the ¿gorgeous¿ child doesn¿t interfere with his plans, is planning to be a part of the child¿s life. Also, I found the possible metaphor of magic as evil and religion as evil a little disturbing. That, however, is strictly a personal opinion. In the end, I suppose the main reason I wasn¿t excited about the book is that I didn¿t feel compelled to like any of the characters (with the possible exception of Tom) all that much. There is a fine balance between flawed characters and characters who just engender apathy because there are no redeeming qualities to them. The plot line is fairly predictable. . .good versus evil. . .who will win. . .good triumphs. . .they all live happily ever after. . .yada. . .yada. . .yada. Readers who like fantasy will enjoy the concepts, but may not be transfixed for long.
Qioko More than 1 year ago
This book was very sad so i don't know what to read about this book. This book, i haven't read in so long