This book drew me in from the very first sentence. The story is fast paced and well written.
At first glance, this looks like sci-fi, but is definitely fantasy. I enjoyed the original concept of modern jinni. They live among non-magical people and have to choose which area of expertise they would like to work in. I liked that there were only a few traditional wish granting jinni and that every jinni got to choose their occupation. This book reminded me a little of Harry Potter in that every teenage jinni goes to camp on the island of Zumuruud to learn more about and practice the art of magic.
I liked seeing the character development of this book. I liked that Max was a cancer survivor, and while that experience hardened her a little, it also made her fearless-a trait that was necessary in learning magic. She definitely has some anger issues, but by the end of the book she started to gain some control, and learned to trust and reach out to her friends. I’m interested to see her story continue in the next book.
I loved seeing the imaginative world of magic that Thomason created. There were so many modern twists on the idea of genies. I loved the flying carpets and skate carpets–I could totally picture Phillip and Aaron riding around on them. I loved the occasional alliteration and similes–several of them made me smile. Thomason is a gifted writer, and I thoroughly enjoyed his first book.
Today, I am talking with Jon Thomason, author of Max Xylander. Jon lives in San Diego with his family and is passionate about reading and writing.
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