The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years After: Being the Private Correspondence Between Two Prominent Families Regarding a Scandal Touching the Highest Leve
by Patricia C. Wrede & Carol Stevermer
Review by Paul Haggerty
Harcourt Children's Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0152055487
Date: 01 November, 2006 List Price $17.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Much like the first volume, Sorcery and Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot, this new story take place in a series of letters written back and forth between the principle characters. Unlike the first novel, however, this one includes the letters of James and Thomas as well, giving the reader more angles from which to view the events. And a confusing series of events it is. It appears that the new steam railway engines and long lengths of iron tracks are interfering the nation's ley lines, and of a more immediate and financial issue, the ley lines are interfering with the trains. And while most modern magicians scoff at the idea of actually making use of ley lines, someone clearly has other ideas. As soon as Herr Schellen, the German Engineer, began taking an interest in the local lines and the stone circles built at the nexuses, he mysteriously vanished. And even more mysteriously, someone went to a lot of trouble to make it look like he just left on his own. But too many clues remain, and James and Cecy are determined to discover the truth.
It was good to be reunited with characters I had enjoyed in the previous books, but even more so to get the chance to meet the children of our heroes. The phrase: "I hope you have children just like you", should give you an idea of why the thought brings a smile to my face even now. While not yet old enough to go forth on adventures, the children do not lack in talent for either magic or mischief. And when not causing inordinate troubles for their parents, the children come up with new viewpoints and evidence that will help unravel the greater mysteries, though frequently the two events are not that separate.
An enjoyable book, like the two that preceded it, filled with memorable characters of wit, humor, and attitude.