The Wizard of Dark Street (ARC) by Shawn Thomas Odyssey
Pub. Date: July 26th, 2011
Age Level: 9+
Source: For review from publisher.
Disclaimer: Please note that this is an ARC and passages and quotes below are subject to change in the final copy.
Synopsis via Goodreads
Oona Crate was born to be the Wizard's apprentice, but she has another destiny in mind.
Despite possessing the rare gift of Natural Magic, Oona wants to be a detective. Eager for a case, she is determined to prove that logic can be just as powerful as wizardry. But when someone attacks her uncle--the Wizard of Dark Street--Oona is forced to delve even deeper into the world of magic.
Full of odd characters, evil henchmen, and a street where nothing is normal, The Wizard of Dark Street will have you guessing until the very end
Oona & Dark Street Clock; pg. 47
Satisfied, Oona turned to go, but just then, two metallic-sounding voices emanated from deep inside the iron clockwork, half startling her.
"Knock, knock," said the first voice.
"Who's there?" asked the second.
"Kent remember my name, I'm so bloody drunk. Now open up!"
Oona rolled her eyes. Nowhere else but on Dark Street did the street clocks tell not only time but jokes as well...and quite bad ones at that.
Oona; pg. 192
Oona felt a kind of buzzing in her head, though it was not the same sort of buzzy feeling she got whenever she performed magic. No, this was quite different. It was the buzz of her thoughts slowing down, of turning a puzzle around in her mind, looking at it from different angles, poking at it with an imaginary finger, feeling its texture, pulling it apart and clicking it back together in new and different ways. To Oona, this was the best feeling in all the world, and yet the feeling did not get in the way of the process. It simply buzzed in the background, a growing energy, urging her forward, assuring her that the answer was there. Inside.
Oona; pg. 296
But it was not steel that cut at her, nor any enchantment. This was cold, undeniable remorse. It was guilt and loss all tangled together in barbed wire. It was the drowned song of heartache.
I loved all three of these passages, the second being my favorite. These show both the humor as well as the surprisingly exceptional quality of Odyssey's writing. I like that he doesn't patronize his targeted audience by dumbing down his writing for them. Instead, it is both intellectually and imaginatively stimulating without going over the top. To find out more on why I think The Wizard of Dark Street is a must read, check out my review.
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