The Magicians Convention Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 29 user ratings

" This is a fun,wonderful,imaginitive adventure like we all dreamed of having. It's got so many positive morals and values woven seamlessly into the world development, character growth and throughout the plot without seeming to try to. It's refreshing to see and enjoy this type of story when in today's world it's become a rarity to find. I am especially fond of a certain grandpa kidnapping kitty cat! " said.

" It's a brave author who takes on the magical world in a post Harry Potter world. However, Elena Paige has done it with aplomb.Toby has led a protected life, home-schooled by his grandfather, no television, and convinced of his inability to face bullies, school, and life. He's an unlikely hero in this exciting tale of magical artifacts, the abuse of power, and the formation of friendships.This book will keep you guessing to the end. " said.

"Oh my goodness you had me from the first word and i could not put it down. What a wonderful journey with some fun new characters. Lots of great images lots of action lots of twist what else could you want in a book ? Answer absolutely nothing. I am so looking forward to reading the remaining books to the series.
If you like Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series and you like Harry Potter then you will fall in love with this book . I had been looking forward to reading this book and it did not disappoint great job and thank you. I don't know if i have enough superlatives to describe this book but my advise is just read it and enjoy. Best read in a while .
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"Toby, a 12-year-old Australian orphan who has led a rather sheltered life with his grandfather (homeschooled and no television), is suddenly plunged into a colorful and confusing magical world. Magicians (both illusionists and mages) from all over the world gathered under one roof selling illusion spells and performing and milling around - oddly, it reminded me of times when my friends and I ran around exploring seemingly enormous public halls while our parents were setting up and running some fundraiser or other. Well, except that Toby's grandfather and the parents of two other children have been kidnapped and they have to find a certain hat - or else! The stakes are high and there are lots of twists and turns and distractions. In the end the plot gets so tangled it takes a LOT of exposition to sort it out. Well worth it, though. And if the next book had been available I would have started it straight away!

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"4.5 Stars! An absorbing, page-turning and magical roller-coaster of a tale that undoubtedly has echoes of Harry Potter, albeit in an entirely different world.

The author quickly draws us in as we try to work out why young Toby is seeing people in strange attire queuing up outside the suburban house across the street, seemingly invisible to everyone else, including his beloved Grandpa.

And once Toby arrives at the Magician's Convention (I will spare early spoilers as to why and how he got there!) I was struck by how vividly I felt myself to be witnessing everything in that world at first hand, as if I were part of the character cast. (And I'm pretty sure I dreamed about it a few times!)

The author certainly did a great job of keeping me hooked with every twist and turn, of events (who to trust or not?) -- leaving me breathless at some points!

Once slight caveat is that I did find it hard to keep up with some of the large cast of characters and their various magical skills and motivations (hence 4.5 stars - perhaps a final extra round of edits and saving a few things up could have sorted this out), but the overarching story and vivid setting more than made up for this, and it certainly didn't stop me from wanting to get back to the book, despite my many pressing deadlines! So, well done, Elena Page. This was clearly writing from the heart and I think that many young readers aged 10-14 will love it!
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"Twelve-year-old Toby Roberts, the main character in The Magicians Convention by Elena Paige, is sure that magic isn’t real. But one morning while looking out his bedroom window, Toby sees hundreds of people clad in black cloaks and top hats streaming into his neighbor’s tiny house. Stranger yet, his grandpa swears he doesn’t see anyone at all.

Toby decides to go investigate; but when he gets downstairs, he realizes that Grandpa is gone, and in his place is a talking black panther. The panther tells Toby that in order to get his grandfather back, he must follow the mysterious figures into the house next door. Given no choice, Toby joins the line of magicians, and before he can turn back, he’s swept into a magical adventure full of new friends and foes and magic (both good and evil).

Will Toby and his new friends, Wesa and Thatch, be able to decipher good from evil? Will they all be able to find their lost family members again?

The Magicians Convention (Book 1 of The Magicians series) by Elena Paige is an exciting, fast-paced read. This book reminded me of another magical adventure series that I couldn’t put down: the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Paige’s vivid descriptions of the characters and their fantastical world drew me into the story. Although I found it easy to keep track of the main characters, it was challenging to keep all the secondary characters straight, especially when they reappeared later in the story.

This book was clearly for entertainment, but it did emphasize the message, “Be careful who you trust,” a valuable lesson for adolescents. I highly recommend The Magicians Convention for readers ages 9-14 who love fantasy. I can’t wait to read the second installment in The Magicians series!

Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer Age 13
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"The Magicians Convention by Elena Paige has a lot of potential with an interesting scenario and potentially interesting characters and relationships. It was particularly refreshing to have a devoted, loving, competent father figure. The idea of setting the entire story during a single day of a wizards' convention, as told from the viewpoint of a character new to the world, was original and ambitious.

Unfortunately, for me the story fell short of its target. Because everything was new, including characters, setting, and magic system, there was too much to develop in a single book and everything ended up feeling rushed and chaotic. For example:

We never got a good sense of how the magic system works. Wand use was random, occurring occasionally, when it fit the plot, but was otherwise not needed. Spells were all triggered by the same word and thus it was unclear how they were differentiated. Individual mages were born with a type of magic, but they were still able to do other magic if the situation was right.

The convention would have been amazing to witness, and there was the occasional passage that gave a good hint of the majesty and wonder, but generally we just saw 'performances' by kids who didn't appear to want to be performing, nor was it fully clear why they were performing or why wizards would want to watch other wizards perform.

There story started with a manageable number of characters but seemed to both rush and drag the ending such that there were too many characters at the end. In my opinion, some of them should have been saved to introduce during the sequels, especially since their primary role was emotional.

Another big issue I had was with dialog and character motivation. Numerous times characters would be interrupted by a question or statement from another character, which was never followed up. Then we had the Big Bad who had spent years, perhaps decades, planning for the moment of victory, only to then begin grandstanding, taunting, and otherwise giving the hero as much time as he needed to win as she seemingly forgot the entire purpose of her plan.

The characters themselves had potential and many interesting relationship and backstories were hinted at. But the main characters, including almost all the kids in the book, seemed one-dimensional. The girl cried a lot, the boy didn't think things through and the hero was always distracted by his surroundings.

In conclusion, while I do like to see new attempts at genre that are otherwise well-worn, for me The Magicians Convention fell well short of achieving its potential.

I received a free copy of this book from Authors Marketing Club for the purpose of giving an honest review
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" Abracadabra! This word has been used for centuries as a fantastical joke. Plenty of children have waved sticks in the air and shouted this word, claiming that they can perform magic. However, for 12-year-old orphan Toby, the playful word takes on a whole new meaning when his world is flipped upside down by a talking panther who kidnapped his grandfather. Thrust into a world of magic, strange dialect, beauty, and imagination, Toby learns a whole new meaning to the word abracadabra.
Before his disappearance, Toby’s grandfather scrawled the names Thatch and Wesa on a blackboard. The only lead that Toby has is by joining a strange line of people wearing wizard hats right outside his window. He can see them, but no one else can. What he finds is the 999th Magicians Convention. Filled with mages, illusionists, and intrigue galore, Toby and his newfound friends, Thatch and Wesa, must find an ancient magical hat before the convention ends, or they will never see their loved ones again. The convention is full of many people, some friend but most foe. Betrayal riddles the convention as the three friends don’t know who to trust. Now, Toby must explore deep within himself to discover a strength that has been kept hidden for so long; a strength that can help save, not only himself, but his friends and family as well.
The Magicians Convention (Book 1 in the Magicians series) showed me the power of believing in yourself. Without confidence and hope, none of these characters would be able to succeed in the way they did. This magical adventure kept me hooked until the very end. The descriptions of the beautiful convention and the extravagant magic kept me yearning for more and feeling like I was right there, experiencing the glories of the magicians convention right with Toby and his friends. The writing was precise and flowed very well to make a wonderfully written story.
The character development in this book was extraordinary. I loved how each individual character had to overcome difficulty to succeed as a group. Toby was forced to be brave and overcome his disbelief and fear. Thatch, my personal favorite character, had to overcome doubt and barriers set up by others prohibiting him from performing magic. As a character, Thatch taught me that dreams are never impossible to reach as long as you don’t give up on them. He taught me to put others’ lives before your own. That way, you will always find joy.
The biggest thing that this book taught me was picking who to trust. You can’t trust everyone. Toby, Wesa, and Thatch learned that the hard way many times. Don’t be too trusting, but also don’t not trust at all. I learned that trusting those who will betray you is petrifying, but trusting in no one but yourself is even worse. In a fantastical world of intrigue and betrayal at every turn, our protagonists had to quickly learn who was friend and who was foe.
This book is perfect for middle grade fantasy readers. I believe that they won’t be able to put down this enjoyable novel.
Written by a 14 year old reviewer
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