P.A. Piatt

When Walter Bailey arrived in Mississippi, he discovered the murder of his estranged grandmother was not the random and senseless crime it was reported to be. Accompanied by an unlikely group of heroes, guided by the words of a mad little hermit, opposed by evil beyond his wildest imagination, Walter embarks on an epic quest through an unfamiliar and often hilarious world of magic. As the stakes go up, the price of failure becomes the future of magic on Earth itself. Are Walter and his intrepid companions up to the challenge in a world where anything goes and the truth isn’t always what it seems?

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  • Critic Score:79/100

    Our Review Ranking:

    A Good Read

 

Our Review

Cover:

My favorite thing about the cover is the mischievous-looking statue in the forest! It really adds a mysterious air to the novel.

Book Blurb:

The book blurb made me want to read this novel and find out how Walter's journey jeopardize the magic existing on Earth. I also wanted to learn the truth behind his grandmother's murder. 

Formatting :

The novel was well formatted, though there were times I had to go back and re-read some dialogue in order to figure out who was speaking. The paragraphs were spaced well; it helped make the novel easy to read!

Grammar & Spelling:

I didn't find any grammar or spelling errors while reading!

Character Development:

The characters don't really seem to change much throughout the story. The only two characters that I noticed actually change were Walter and Goosh; the other characters didn't seem to change in the slightest.

Plot & Structure:

I love the plot (it's very unique), but there were some scenes that felt rushed. One scene in particular was supposed to be a suspenseful scene, however there was no tension because Walter solved the problem rather...quickly. I wasn't worried about the characters or begging Walter to hurry (which kind of takes out all the fun of a suspenseful scene).

Pacing:

As I mentioned before, some of the scenes seemed rush, especially the suspenseful scenes. Every little conflict is typically solved before the chapter ends or at the start of the next chapter.

Use of Language:

The author uses fancy words I have never heard of (I mean this in a good way) and doesn't overuse simple language or words.

Originality:

As I said before, the plot is unique! I love how the elves are short men and are actually offended by how elves are depicted in stories and other media! They are hilarious and a fresh take on elves! Goosh was also a fresh take on garden gnomes! Earth having a parallel universe where magic exists is a popular plot point, along with the portals that allow pasage into the two worlds, but the witches guarding the portals is a unique take on the idea! This entire story is a unique and wacky adventure I enjoyed from the beginning to the end!

Overall Readability:

The paragraphs are spaced well, dialogue is easy to follow (though sometimes it's not easy to follow who is actually speaking), the plot is interesting, and the ending is satisfying! Overall, a great read I would recommend to anyone!

A Note From the Critic:

The one thing I wasn't fond of (but overlooked because it was actually hilarious) is how Texas was depicted at times in the novel; I'm from Texas. Bass fishing is big where I live, however, school would not be closed just because someone broke a fishing record (that would be nice though). Also, we aren't paranoid about spies from Arkansas (those parts in the novel were funny though, I'll admit). I'm not too terribly offended because the scenes with Texas were hilarious, plus my personal feelings have nothing to do with how I scored this novel.

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