I received THE MAD APPRENTICE in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
Books are like portals into other worlds. The words spark our imagination and create a new dimension. I love that my children enjoy reading. Each night we read together, and they read on their own.
A new book, that is the highly anticipated sequel to Django Wexler’s The Forbidden Library: THE MAD APPRENTICE (on sale April 21st 2015) arrived and my son started reading it before I was even home from work. He’s been telling us it’s very good and he can’t wait to read it with us!
The Mad Apprentice draws comparisons to Harry Potter, The Forbidden Librarywas praised by critics as “inventive” [Austin American Statesman], “magical” [Seattle Times] and “richly textured” [The Horn Book]. Wexler’s talent for world building and celebrating the power of reading continues in this worthy follow-up.
To be honest, we have never heard of Django Wexler or The Forbidden Library series. We had no idea what to expect from the book. As we started reading the book just captured our attention and keeps going. The kiddos are begging for “one more chapter”.
The story is fascinating and the characters are becoming some of my children’s favorites–Li’l Man loves Dex. There is so much for the imagination to cease with dinosaurs, dragons and creatures that are from fantasy worlds we dream about in daydreams.
It seems the more we read, the more the book fascinates us.
In The Forbidden Library, Alice is sent to live with her enigmatic Uncle Geryon when her beloved father mysteriously disappears in a shipwreck. Within the confines of Geryon’s enormous library, Alice discovers that she has the ability to transport herself into the faraway worlds found in books. Alice becomes determined to use this skill as a Reader with a capital “R” to find her missing father.
When we rejoin Alice in THE MAD APPRENTICE, she has her first adventure outside Geryon’s library when he volunteers her to work with five other apprentice Readers, including her friend Isaac, to capture a rogue apprentice who murdered his master. But none of them realize that the library of the late rival Reader is still a working deadly labyrinth or that the vicious guardian is still protecting it. As they face the fight of their lives, Alice learns much more about Isaac, Geryon (her own master), and the fate of her father.
The Deseret News said of The Forbidden Library, “The notion of volumes that are portals to other places, is a delicious premise.” In THE MAD APPRENTICE, Wexler develops this captivating concept as Alice learns to better control and put her powers to use. This world building mixed with Wexler’s ability to create Alice, a young girl main character who is as resourceful as she is compassionate, will make this second novel as beloved as the first.
Django Wexler is a self-proclaimed computer/fantasy/sci fi geek. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked in artificial intelligence research. He left his job at Microsoft and now writes full-time.