5 out of 5 stars
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No matter how hard Delvin tries to stop the magicians, they never give up. In this third book, the magicians are back trying to take over Argent and Hengel again, despite failing the last time. This time, the magicians have come prepared and stopping them won’t be easy. Delvin and his friends must once again use his magic stone to take them down. Will the magicians successfully claim the powerful cities? And will the black magician finally capture Delvin? The Magic Lantern by Charles Townsend will take readers on a crazy journey.
After finishing the second book in the series a while back, I was intrigued to see where the story would go for the third book. Townsend has done a fantastic job with the writing of this book. The story flowed smoothly, as there was no point in the book where I felt that the pacing was off. The book opens with a summary of books 1 and 2, which, in my opinion, is a great idea because it allows those who haven’t read the previous books to be able to read this one on its own. I also like that Townsend does not waffle and just gets right to the point. An example of this would be the first chapter, as we are immediately put into an action scene. The fast pacing of the story meant that my attention was on the book from the start to the end.
Whilst there are similarities to the first and second books, the story in this book is still very unique. I really liked that we got to learn more about the magicians and understand their motivation and goals. In addition to that, I enjoyed seeing Delvin grow more confident as a magician and become more comfortable with the other characters.
Whilst I think the book is amazing, there is one thing that I disliked about it. I felt like the book focused too much on Delvin, and as a result, we didn’t get to explore the other characters. In the previous books, Princess Jarla and Grimbolt felt like protagonists, but in this book, they felt like side characters. I would have liked to have more dialogue from Princess Jarla and Grimbolt. Despite this, I don’t think it took anything away from the main story.
If there is one important message, I think readers should take away from this book, it’s the idea of never giving up on your goals. Despite the many obstacles Delvin and his friends faced in stopping the magicians, they kept going forward.
Overall, I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars because I had a great time reading it. I found no mistakes, so it is professionally edited. This book is suitable for young adults, so if you are someone who enjoys reading fantasy/adventure books, then I definitely recommend you give this one a go.
The Magic Lantern
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