Witch and Wizard: The Fire
Whit and Wisty Allgood do not lead normal lives. They haven’t since learning that they actually are a witch and wizard with magical powers, and started battling the evil One Who Is The One, who has taken over and banned art and music. They are the ones spoken about in the important prophesy. Unfortunately, their new status does not come with too many benefits, and lots of downsides, like fighting for their lives. In their newest struggle, Whit desperately searches for a safe house to try and save his sister, who battles the gruesome blood plague. He is terrified that Wisty won’t survive, having already lost his parents, girlfriend and fellow freedom fighters.
"THE FIRE has a little of everything, including nonstop action, gut-wrenching emotion, and even a few creepy scenes and some romantic ones as well."
Whit is lucky to find refuge with a precocious and worldly seven-year-old, Pearl Marie, and her rebellious family. Hiding in their tiny basement, Whit is able to use his magic to perform a healing spell over his dying sister just in time. While Wisty recovers, the siblings celebrate the forbidden holiday with Pearl’s family before continuing on their mission.
Whit and Wisty soon learn about the next step in their adventure, and it’s not going to be easy. They run into their parents’ old friend and fellow witch, Mrs. Highsmith. She has some advice for their mission, and they will have to split up for the next battle. Whit must enter the dreary, creepy, depressing Shadowland, while Wisty needs to confront The One all by herself. While searching for the courage needed to complete their tasks, they discover shocking news about their parents, Celia and the prophesy.
James Patterson and Jill Dembowski team up for the third exciting installment in the Witch & Wizard series. Together they do an outstanding job, while keeping the same patterns and styles of the first two books. The chapters continue to alternate points of view between Whit and Wisty, giving the story a broader spectrum of emotions than single first-person stories. And this one also has clever, alternate-universe books and bands, a funny play on names and titles of the famous in our world (for example, the Cumin Girls instead of the Spice Girls). The writing style explodes with vivid imagery --- sometimes disturbingly so, other times emotionally wrenching. The authors also use lots of amazing alliteration that gives the story a melodic flow.
THE FIRE has a little of everything, including nonstop action, gut-wrenching emotion, and even a few creepy scenes and some romantic ones as well. Fans of the Witch & Wizard series will be clamoring for the fourth installment.
Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on December 17, 2011