The Magician's Tower

The Magician's Tower

Shawn Thomas Odyssey / Jun 19, 2019

The Magician s Tower Sequel to the Agatha and Edgar nominated THE WIZARD OF DARK STREET Despite her extraordinary magical abilities and sleuthing skills Oona Crate s detective agency has failed to take off But a new chal

  • Title: The Magician's Tower
  • Author: Shawn Thomas Odyssey
  • ISBN: 9781606844250
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sequel to the Agatha and Edgar nominated THE WIZARD OF DARK STREET Despite her extraordinary magical abilities and sleuthing skills, Oona Crate s detective agency has failed to take off But a new challenge captures her attention The Magician s Tower Contest.Held every five years, no one has ever completed the array of dangerous tasks such as racing on flying carpets Sequel to the Agatha and Edgar nominated THE WIZARD OF DARK STREET Despite her extraordinary magical abilities and sleuthing skills, Oona Crate s detective agency has failed to take off But a new challenge captures her attention The Magician s Tower Contest.Held every five years, no one has ever completed the array of dangerous tasks such as racing on flying carpets or defeating a horde of angry apes As the competition commences, a case emerges A rare punchbowl one with unparalleled magical powers has disappeared from the carnival surrounding the Magician s Tower If Oona can find the culprit, she could use the bowl to answer her question about her mother s and sister s tragic deaths so many years ago was she really at fault Full of magic, mystery, and fun, THE MAGICIAN S TOWER continues the wonderful adventures of Oona Crate.

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      • Shawn Thomas Odyssey

        Edgar and Agatha nominated author of THE WIZARD OF DARK STREET and THE MAGICIAN S TOWER, novels of detection and magic Visit Shawn on the web at thewizardofdarkstreet Facebook on.fb c7dATWTwitter twitter ShawnOdysseyBlog shawnthomasodyssey


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    1. Read This Review & More Like It At Ageless Pages ReviewsRating: 4.5 out of 5I love Oona Crate.What, you need more than that? OK, I really love Oona Crate. Oh fine, but you really could just skip the review and go buy a copy. It’s a much better use of your time.The Magician’s Tower picks up three months after the end of The Wizard of Dark Street, one of my favorite 2013 reads. Thirteen year-old Oona has re-settled into her duties as the Wizard’s apprentice, as well as launching her own [...]


    2. Much to my surprise, I was able to give the first book in the Oona Crate series four stars. (I say “much to my surprise” because, for one thing, I'm a tough critic most of the time, and for another, I'm not in the intended age bracket.) While I can't say it blew my mind, I found it highly enjoyable. Unfortunately, this one, while still pretty good, didn't make me smile quite as much.Partly, I'd guess, it's just that the bloom is off the rose, so to speak. But it's also Oona herself. I really [...]


    3. 4.5 stars. The mystery was a bit more predictable here, and the book overall took on a much more Harry Potter-slant than the first, but still a tremendously charming and engaging supernatural mystery, ostensibly for children, but definitely enjoyable for those well past that stage in life. In this installment of the series, Oona Crate enters a competition held every five years to solve a riddle that no one in the past few centuries has been able to crack. The competition itself is enthralling, w [...]


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    5. Oona is pretty irritating. Not only is she inexplicably full of herself, but she is easily tricked. Even as she remembered how Isadora got her agree to something in the last book, she DOES IT AGAIN. And immediately regrets it, realizing she was tricked. Um. Sorry, not sure how she has a reputation for being smart. Isadora is a cardboard character - she has no personality and is apparently only capable of saying "BOYFRIEND" (in all caps, no less). The author has attempted to shoehorn some romance [...]



    6. A worthy sequel to the first. If shenanigans are allowed to be compelling, then these certainly fall into that category.


    7. Is it bad that I hate Isadora more than I ever hated any story book villain ever? That includes Umbridge. Otherwise, this was an interesting mystery. I like that Oona is growing as a character and still learning. Even though I would have let Isadora fall to her doom I'm glad she helped the dumb girl out. It was an easy read and an easy mystery to figure out. Good read. I can't wait for her and Adler to figure out they like each other.


    8. Maybe it's because I'm not a kid anymore but it just didn't grab my attention. As much as I like Oona, I think the "romance" is overdone and the pacing is kind of slow.


    9. Spoiler Alert! This was a decent book, so if you read the first one in the series and liked it, go ahead and read this one before reading my review.---------------I like the characters in this series, and that fact kept me reading The Magician's Tower when its problems made me want to toss it aside. (Not literally, as I was reading it on my tablet.) I didn’t find the plot as compelling as book one, and how Oona discovered the precise spell she needed to open the box was a little too contrived. [...]


    10. Originally poste here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey has been on my TBR since it came out. Sadly, other things keep coming up. When its sequel, The Magician's Tower, was nominated for the Cybils I decided to go ahead and give it a try anyway. At least I would know if it could stand on its own. It can and it is such a fun story I am now looking forward to reading its predecessor even more. (Come January.)I adore a good fun mystery, and that is [...]


    11. Odyssey has done it again!I love Oona Crate! In case you didn't read my review of The Wizard of Dark Street (Oona Crate Mystery, #1), let me tell you this again I love Oona Crate!The Magician's Tower picks up three months after The Wizard of Dark Street ended. Oona had solved her first real mystery and officially started her detective agency while still being the wizard's apprentice. However, very little detecting has actually gone on. Oona is now awaiting the Magician's Tower trials (and hoping [...]


    12. The Magician’s Tower is an underwhelming sequel to The Wizard of Dark Street. As much as I had my problems with the former, I enjoyed it more than I enjoyed the latter. The main problem, to me, is that Odyssey didn’t seem to have a set goal in mind for the sequel, so he cobbled together a few random things and threw in some old villains and ridiculous capers. The thing that redeemed The Wizard of Dark Street for me was the mystery; The Magician’s Tower mystery was set aside for some strang [...]


    13. Oona Crate is back and seeking out a mystery. But she won't be using magic, only her wit. She has made her way to Oswald park to attend the famous Magician's Tower Contest, which takes place every five years. Oona hadn't been to the park since a failed magic spell cost the lives of her mother and baby sister. Moving forward Oona will rely on the facts instead of magic. With her raven companion Deacon, Oona's latest adventure begins.Oona gets a break in her boardom when she encounters a fortune t [...]


    14. In The Magician's Tower, Oona Crate returns, determined to win a centuries old contest to boost her confidence after a disappointing start to her magical detective career. The contest consists of three unknown challenges in a strange tower erected in Oswald Park, ending with the winner's attempt to solve the mystery of the Puzzle Box, a challenge that has never been met, even by Oona's late father.Two of her competitors are familiar -- Oona's crush, Adler Iree the magical lawyer and his sister, [...]


    15. The Story-Oona Crate is the apprentice to the Wizard of Dark Street. This year the Magician’s Tower Contest is happening, and Oona is finally old enough to enter. The contest is divided into dangerous tasks, and at each level, someone is eliminated. The ultimate goal is to accomplish the final task, opening a wooden box at the top of the tower. No one in two hundred years has completed the final task.But, it seems like someone is cheating, and Oona is determined to find out who and how.My Thou [...]


    16. After reading the first book in this series, The Wizard of Dark Street, which I loved, I was really looking forward to this one. And it didn't disappoint. Oona Crate wants to be a detective but no one will hire her. So in the meantime she decides to compete in the Magician's Tower contest, which her father had almost won years earlier. But when a case presents itself just as she should be focusing on the contest will she be able to handle both?Once again, Odyssey writes a light, fun mystery with [...]


    17. This is a solid ' 3-stars, meaning "I liked it". Like the first, it's a cute book with a few twists and turns, and the same cast of characters to contend with - the incompetent police officer, the big bad villain, so on.Also, like the first, Oona has to overcome her own self doubt and fears in order to triumph.Overall, I did like it - but I would've liked to see more Adler, and also for Oona to not be so easily lead astray. My favorite character continues to be Deacon - the magical raven with hi [...]


    18. I received The Magicians Tower sequel to The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey for free through Good Reads First Reads giveaway. I had not read The Wizard of Dark Street but I felt like a book one was not needed for this book. It was a story that stood all on its own in my mind. I felt like I was not missing anything from the start and that it ended where it did just fine. I felt like it was a stand alone story. I think it is good read and it goes much quicker then I expected. I sat [...]


    19. This was a pretty decent sequel to "The Wizard" but not as good as the first book. Oona remains as clever as always, which is one of the delights of this series. Without giving too much away, in this book she shows how vulnerable she is to emotional and other kinds of manipulation, against which her intelligence provides only so much help. The reader is in the position of watching this happen and not being able to do anything about it. (I think this was a realistic choice for the author to make, [...]


    20. I was the recipient of an advance copy of this book via winning a Goodread's giveaway.A very enjoyable read, one that I'll definitely recommend to my adult friends that enjoy reading good quality young adult booksd to my friends have young adult children. Very well-written and well-edited with interesting characters, a nicely managed "lesson" and lots of well-placed magic. Note to author: I tried to write you privately but was told that you were unavailable for private messagesI noticed a couple [...]


    21. A mystery/detective book just the way I like it with the bonus of magic and fantasy.Oona is one sharp girl who is all amazing before her magic even comes into play. How often do you get detectives with magical powers and super savvy raven as a companion?The writing is rich, sometimes so rich that it was a distraction from the story. It's not exactly a bad thing but it may (or not) prevent potential middle graders from diving into it or finishing it.The world building is great. So great that it's [...]


    22. I LOVED this book. In my opinion, much better than at least the first half of the first one. It was interesting through out the whole story and the ending there HAS to be another book. Tell me there is another book. Please? Loved. This. Book. I especially loved the challenges. They were really creative. The mystery was so thick you absolutely couldn't solve it until the very end although who wasn't suspicious of the "girlfriend eyes only" letters? It seemed obvious to me at least that something [...]


    23. I enjoyed the first book, The Wizard of Dark Street, and was anxious to read the second book, The Magician's Tower, to see what new adventures Oona and her Dark Street friends would find themselves in. The contest is an adventure in itself. Lots of twists and turns allowing the reader the opportunity to hone their own powers of deduction with hints and clues earned through exciting contest challenges. There are, of course, additional mysteries involved in daily life on Dark Street (which Oona is [...]


    24. I enjoyed this book a lot and enjoyed Oona's interactions (limited) with Adler, although it seemed weird to me (might be just me) that she is 13 and is so twitterpated about this guy. Then again, thinking back on junior high, maybe I shouldn't be so surprised. ;-)A couple random story elements irritated me and in this book, it seemed I figured out how certain story elements were going to turn out LONG before Oona even had a clue. The first book kept me guessing longer.Nonetheless, I really hope [...]


    25. See complete review here: soimfifty/This clever sequel to The Wizard of Dark Street (2011) features an admirable heroine and an original plot laced with logic puzzles. Fantasy lovers will have a great time with this one. —BooklistA traditional mystery structure and word puzzles mix nicely with action-packed magical stunts. Michael Buckley's The Sisters Grimm readers will find this series worth following. —School Library Journal


    26. Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge through NetGalley for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.Really interesting tale that had my attention the whole time. The pace was wonderful and the characters engaging. Beautiful storytelling that kept me on the edge of my seat!Great cover art!! Really beautiful illustration!


    27. Cheeky, clever, and just as charming as the first one. Author Shawn Thomas Odyssey certainly has a knack for crafting fun mysteries with great characters, as he has ably shown over the course of both the Oona Crate/Wizard of Dark Street books.


    28. This book was even more interesting than the first one. In this Oona is in a contest with the twins and one of them has an unfair advantage. This is good for kids from 10 up and interesting even for adults.


    29. This was a fun book to read. I especially liked how I could try to solve the puzzles along with the main character. The target audience is 8-12 years old; I enjoyed it and I think it would be a fun book to read with a preteen.


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