Jinx by Sage Blackwood
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
Pages: 368 Hardcover
Date Published: January 8th, 2013
In the Urwald, you don’t step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butter-churn-riding witches lurk amid the clawing branches, eager to swoop up the unwary. When Jinx meets the wizard Simon, his curiosity is sparked, and the more he learns about magic, the more determined Jinx becomes to explore beyond the security of well-trod paths.
But in the Urwald, a little healthy fear is never out of place, for magic-and magicians-can be as dangerous as the forest. And soon Jinx must decide which is the greater threat.
With sharp, distinctive storytelling and subtle slyness, Sage Blackwood introduces a daring hero for an innovative new world as Jinx is joined by friends, battles enemies, and discovers that life beyond-and even within-the forest is more complex than he can imagine, and that the Urwald itself needs him more than he could ever guess.
Absolutely recommended! Dare I say it? But I would recommend this to a similar crowd as to those that enjoyed Harry Potter with a trio of friends and a bit of magic. But it’s an entirely different story with unique personalities unlike any I’ve ever read and yet it makes me want to go back for more Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes as well. Jinx, himself is an interesting boy with a bit of mystery about him. He’s an orphan in bitter circumstances that leads off on an expected adventure.
Truly overall I find this book to be about fear, moving beyond the fear and learning not only to like yourself but those around you and realizing what you are made of and capable of in shaping your own life. I’m not sure if all of that was meant to be taken from the book, but that indeed is what I was able to glean. Sage Blackwood is an amazing voice that had me from the very beginning and I immediately was finding myself searching for more. At first I was very much saying alas as to this being the first one, but then discovered under a different name there are some historical fiction novels I can look for (by Karen Schwabach) and while usually historical fiction is my genre of choice, I’m so in love with this book that I really hope there will be more to the story.
I was enraptured almost the entire way through, except for a lull I felt when Jinx’s companions were being introduced. However I think that was due to the fact that they were not overly nice to him at first and I had become rather attached and protective of his character. I guess that says something about some good personality in the writing.
Absolutely recommended. I read this as an Advanced Reader Copy and I definitely plan to add the real thing to my shelves.
*Thanks to HarperCollins for providing an ARC for review.*
Sage Blackwood lives at the edge of a large forest, with thousands of books and a very old dog, and enjoys carpentry, cooking, and walking in the woods of New York State.