Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Jinx by Sage Blackwood

Stay on the path.  Don't venture off.  After all, there are things in the woods...

HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to download an ebook of this story for review.  It will be published on January 8th, so watch for a copy in your local bookstore then.

Jinx has the misfortune of having his parents both become victim to the forest dangers.  Then his house burns down.  Soon, he's no more than an unwanted stepson in the small home built after the fire.  When his stepfather takes him for a walk in the woods and then steps far off the path, he somehow knows he's not meant to come back.  But he sure never expected to meet a wizard or to have his stepfather hauled off by trolls.  His life becomes much more interesting from here on.

This is mix of magic and monsters with a fight over power on all sides.  Jinx doesn't know his own powers, but he's learning.  If he lives long enough, he'll be just fine.

Jinx is not sure if Simon is a good wizard or bad.  Simon's wife is a witch with an attitude.  And the young witch and young prince he runs into on the path are carrying their own curses and secrets, too.  It's an interesting story and this just sets the groundwork for future stories.  I think we're going to see more of Jinx and his friends and I'm glad. 

Happy reading.   

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