3 out of 4 stars
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Borlock was a traveling magician, and Delvin had served as his apprentice. Unfortunately, Borlock was murdered by a black magician who wanted his magician’s stone. When he died, Delvin inherited all his magic tricks, and included in them was a magician’s stone. It allowed anyone in possession of it to manipulate the actions of both people and animals.
The Guild of Magicians was now seeking greater power and riches. They intended to take over Argent and Hengel using the old “Three Card Trick.” First, they projected thoughts into the minds of the people of Argent to cause a riot and kill the prince. Next, they married off Princess Fionella to Ludovic, who was also a magician. This plan was also to be carried out in Hengel. But Princess Jarla, Delvin, Captain Grimbolt, and Nippy are determined to put a stop to this terror. The problem is, the magicians seem to have the upper hand in this battle because they have more magic stones than Delvin. How else would they be defeated? I guess you just have to read this book to find out how this all plays out.
The Three Card Trick by Charles Townsend is the second book in the Illusions of Power series. Though I did not read the first book, it was easy for me to follow the plot because the author offered readers a summary of it. I was excited while reading through the pages of this book, not just because of its captivating plot, but also due to its straightforward writing. The author did an incredible job of describing various places and the events that occurred there. At the beginning of the book, the author added pictures of maps showing the cities of Hengel and Argent. This made reading through this book easy. The characters were well-developed and realistic. Delvin and Princess Jarla were my favorite characters because they contradicted each other well. Princess Jarla was tough, while Delvin was always full of jokes.
There was nothing I disliked about this book. Though I noticed a few grammar and punctuation errors while reading, it was not enough to disrupt my overall enjoyment of this book. Therefore, I cheerfully rate The Three Card Trick by Charles Townsend 3 out of 4 stars. This book is a mix of suspense, adventure, and humor. It was written in third person.
This book was full of mind-blowing twists that would be enjoyed by readers. I must also add that the book’s cover and title fit quite well. I found them very compelling. I recommend this book to both adults and teenagers who enjoy fantasy novels, especially the ones that are about magic and are full of adventures.
The Three Card Trick
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