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The highly acclaimed first book of a fantasy adventure series set in a mysterious forest, starring a daring new hero.

"Readers will thrill to journey with Jinx" (SLJ, starred review), a wizard's apprentice, as he sets off on a quest through the dangerous Urwald, a magical forest full of wizards and were-creatures, and discovers that it is more complex than he could imagine, and that it needs him more than he could ever guess.

This humorous and smart tween fantasy adventure is perfect for fans of Septimus Heap, The Sisters Grimm, and Fablehaven.

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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 35.56mm | 272.15g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0062129902
  • 9780062129901
  • 513,899

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Readers will thrill to journey with Jinx.--School Library Journal (starred review)
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Back cover copy

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. Jinx has always feared leaving the path--then he meets the wizard Simon Magus.

Jinx knows that wizards are evil. But Simon's kitchen is cozy, and he seems cranky rather than wicked. Staying with him appears to be Jinx's safest, and perhaps only, option. As Jinx's curiosity about magic grows, he learns to listen to the trees as closely as he does to Simon's unusual visitors. The more Jinx discovers, the more determined he becomes to explore beyond the security of well-trodden 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.

Sage Blackwood introduces a daring new 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.
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Rating details

5,485 ratings
4.01 out of 5 stars
5 39% (2,131)
4 34% (1,885)
3 19% (1,049)
2 5% (285)
1 2% (135)

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The story centers on the title character, Jinx, but also features a trio whose paths cross due to their different problems. Jinx isn't just any other child, he has a special gift where he can see what people feel and listen to the trees - both of these things are pushed aside by Simon, the wizard, which makes it hard to tell if Simon is a bad or good wizard. This is a constant battle for Jinx as he is not sure who he can trust and Simon's secrets keep adding up. The book starts quickly enough, moving into action that will keep young readers on the edge of their seat and kept me turning the pages. It's a magical story without the heavy darkness that it could possess, even with one wizard and the bones that make up his home. Children will be enamored by the mystery and magic within. ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake. Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest reviewshow more
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