James Patterson’s ‘The Gift’ is colorful, inventive wizard saga

Dec. 28, 2010 | 6:03 a.m.


james patterson James Pattersons The Gift is colorful, inventive wizard saga

James Patterson (Little, Brown Publishing)

Books and movies have been banned. Music, art — they too have been outlawed by an evil regime known as the New Order and its hateful leader, The One Who Is The One. Gone are the days of individualism and integrity, and with it the easy availability of cheeseburgers and rock ‘n’ roll. Such is the world inhabited by teen siblings Wisty and Whit Allgood as they attempt to evade capture in “The Gift,” the second installment of James Patterson’s bestselling “Witch & Wizard” series for young adults. Armed only with a blank journal and a single drumstick, a wicked sense of humor and an awful ineptitude with timing, it’s up to the Allgoods to cast off the shackles of oppression.

“The Gift” picks up exactly where the first book ended: With Wisty and Whit waiting to be hung by a fiend in black robes who has them shackled and onstage in a stadium crowded with thousands. A witch and wizard, respectively, the teens had been plucked from their parents’ house in the middle of the night and slammed behind bars for possessing the gift of dark arts —- talents to which they were oblivious until Wisty burst into flames in a fit of rage while being taken into custody…


— Susan Carpenter



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