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Book Review:
Book of Magic (Diadem: Worlds of Magic #3)

Author: John Peel
Trade Paperback, 191 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication date: 2004
Ages: 9-12
List: US$4.99, C$6.50
ISBN: 0738706159
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The third book in the "Diadem: Worlds of Magic" series finds the three youngsters (Score - from Earth, Helaine - from Ordin, and Pixel - from Calomir) once again facing dangers from Sarman, whose goal is to rule all of the Diadem worlds.

For those who have not read the first two books in the series (I really recommend that you get and read them, however), a short explanation of the backgrounds of the three heroes might be appropriate.

Score is a street-wise young man from the street of New York. Helaine (who used the alias of Renald to conceal her gender, and thus hide her interest in "boy's work" from her disapproving noble father) is a young lady with desires of being a warrior (and who is a better warrior than many of the young pages in the castle she grew up in on the planet of Ordin). And finally, Pixel is a young man with NO experience in the real world before he started this series of adventures. He grew up on Calomir, where everyone lives in a virtual existence. He had only just ventured out of his home for the first time when his life spun out of control and he found himself off world and fighting for his life.

With each chapter of each book in the series the youngsters learn more about controlling their magic. They make friends of the most unlikely creatures - trolls and goblins and unicorns, Oh My! More importantly they learn about themselves and the power of friendship. Many of the creatures they befriend have little use for humans, and less for magic users. The youngsters learn to trust their instincts, and teach others to be more open and trusting.

There are seven books in the series (at least that is how many are listed), so this book brings us nearly halfway through the series. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

The trio defeats Sarman, the source of all their problems, so that should be the end of it, right? Or was he the real source? It turns out that there is a source behind the source, and they manage to deal with that. Now their problems are over right? Don't bet on it.

Reviewed by Mike Gleason

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