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To say that The Last Day of Magic is a flight of fancy is an understatement when one considers the almost inconceivable odds of 34-year old author Scott Stoffel. Stoffel¿s young-adult novel The Last Day of Magic illustrates that no matter how fortunate a person may seem, there are challenges to struggle with. In Harry Potter- fashion The Last Day of Magic deals with misery and the hope of a greater destiny that awaits. The primary protagonist and antagonist of the story, Hectos the magician and Vorandi the witch, share extremely similar misfortunes. The main difference between them lies in the way in which they strive to overcome their difficulties. The magician takes a slower and more frustrating route that gradually leads him toward success and happiness; whereas, the witch chooses a more direct and selfish path that gains her power but only intensifies her woes. Stoffels¿ detailed descriptions of a retinue of interesting wizards, forecasters, and zany characters encountered on his trip to a land called Magic give definition to a story that has penetrating symbolism. One can only wonder if Stoffel¿s magical world of Hectos, the struggling magician who finds difficulty making a living on his limited performing talents is in part autobiographical --- the auhor is deaf-blind. The Last Day of Magic, though fantastical, offers profound life direction and poses some philosophical questions that should send young readers reeling. Take for example a chapter where Hectos encounters an African wizard who directs him when he needs to move faster. The wizard answered with a question, ¿Which is more swift ¿to sail by ship to a port or to sail to the port in your mind?¿ The wizard challenges Hectos to realize that the source for magic is within himself ---- and that where the mind goes the body will follow. In yet another chapter the wizard Sham is trying to explain the fundamentals of magic to Hectos. He names the elements of magic as 1) the intention, 2) the materials, 3) the source of power or energy, and 4) the belief. The Last Day of Magic demonstrates Stoffel¿s ability to visualize and explicate an action-filled adventure of an inward and outward journey to a timeless place where miracles lie. While the fun of fantasy might be its otherworldliness, its power lies in the truths it reveals about the real world. In The Last Day of Magic readers will relish in Hectos¿ moving rite of passage ¿and the challenges that await when he undertakes an epic pursuit to free Magic from the clutches of power hungry Vorandi.