Sunday, February 13, 2011

Book Review: Cybermage


By:  Alma Alexander

Publisher:  Eos Books, Harper teen

Publish Date:  March 2009

Format:  ARC review copy

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Series:  3rd in Worldwearvers series; 1st ~ Gift of the Unmage, 2nd ~ Spellspam

Recommendation:  Yes.  This is a world full of magic that young adults and kids can get lost in, with magic on many levels; cyber and elemental.

Book Synopsis:
This year at the Wandless Academy feels all wrong to Thea - in all ways, magical and otherwise - and that's before she discovers she's an elemental mage, a category of magician so rare that only four others are known to exist.  Now the Federal Bureau of Magic needs Thea's help to unlock the mysterious white cube - the same cube the dangerous Alphiri are still desperate to find.  To stay ahead of the Alphiri and the wiles of the FBM, Thea needs her friends - all of them.

First Sentence:
Thea had started the new school year at the Wandless Academy with enthusiasm and a sense of purpose - but then things began to unravel with unnerving speed.

My Review and Summary:
We pick up with Thea and her magicless friends in another school year at the Wandless Academy.  But everyone is starting to grow up and changing - new friends and boyfriends.  Thea still feels guilty for what was done to Diego in the last book and having troubles dealing with it.  Humphrey May, from the FBM, shows up at the school to see if Thea could help him again, with the Elemental Cube that was found in the bag the Trickster had.  Thea brings her friends together again and could unlock new possibilities for her and her friends.

I loved this book.  Thea shines at her best here and things about her abilities with the computer and the weaving in Cheveyo's world start to click into place.  I had not realized until this book but Theo has grown tremendously and became a strong character.  She has to make a few tough decisions in this book, but the caring person she is, she makes it through.  This book shows the growth the characters are making, and their leap into adulthood. 

In the starts of this book, as it's the third, we already know of all magical allergies our crew of kids have and Alma does a wonderful job of giving us a brief fresher of who's allergic to what with brief happenings from last year with the spellspam.  This is gently done to bring us right back into her wonderful magic filled world and jumping right into Humphrey May showing up at the school to talk with Thea.

The mystery of the cube and the wondrous magic that is used in this book kept me turning the pages.  I love the elemental magic usage here, as it's nicely laid out to understand easily.  And yet it can be built on.  The American Indian relation in the symbols.  These are played out in different degrees, and they are big parts in the storyline.

This book is wonderful for Young Adult readers.  Even though the characters are growing up and Thea is seeing they have boyfriends, it is not filled with the gory violence or sexual content.  It is a wonderful read of an intriguing storyline and interestingly fun characters.

This is the last book in the series.  But there seems to be small openings for Alma if she were to return to this world.  And I would love to read additional books if Alma does make them.

I received this book from the Author for review.

This book qualifies for the YA Reading Challenge and Speculative Fiction Challenge.


Ladytink_534 said...

Interesting! I would think it was more scifi-like from it's cover.

Alexia561 said...

Hadn't heard of this series but from your review, it sounds like a good one!

Mieneke van der Salm said...

Sounds very cool!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

This sounds like a good book. I guess I need this whole series. Yep... putting them on the wishlist!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Ladytink_534 - Thank you for stopping by. :) There is some scifi to it as Thea's magic works in computers. :) But there is a great mixture of American Indian mythology too. I think that's part why I enjoyed it, great mixture of two different aspects I wouldn't mix together. :)

Alexia - Oh yeah, this was a fun YA series. I really enjoyed it. :)

Mieneke - It was very neat. I like the mixture of American Indian mythology and cyber magic. :)

Melissa (Books&Things) - lol. I do hope you give this YA series a try. It's a quick fun read. :)