Monday, December 12, 2016

The Evil Wizard Smallbone

Nick is sick of the abuse from his uncle so he decides to run away.  But when he stumbles across a strange house he gets more than he bargained for.  The house belongs to the Evil Wizard Smallbone who decides that Nick will be his apprentice - meaning Nick will cook, clean, take care of the animals.  Nick isn't happy but because of a spell - he can't leave.  Slowly Nick begins to learn magic for himself by reading many of the books in the bookstore that the wizard runs.  He also finds out about the nearby town, Smallbone Cove, and the arrangement between the wizard and the residents.

So this book is 406 pages which can be daunting.  The book was recommended to me though so I wanted to give it a go.  It is set in Maine but that doesn't really have much impact except for the fishing, cold winter, and seals.  I did like the character development and the ending was good.  I felt the climax was a bit anticlimactic but overall I enjoyed it.

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