Parents' Guide to

Battle Magic

By Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Slow start to enchanting, magical battle adventure.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Great if you like Tamora's other books!

For fans of her other series' this is a great choice! Pierce writes in an engaging style which brings her characters to life. However, families should be aware that this book is more distressing than others in the series. The characters are in the middle of a war so there are scenes such as floating bodies in the river. The most upsetting part is when a girl gets tortured (they whip her feet). If your children are anything like my students they will be very upset by what happens to her pet cats and the rest of the people in the building. It is not for sensitive or young readers. That said, I would say there are some great conversations to be had here: overcoming trauma, comparing the fantasy world to the real culture it is based on (Tibet), the necessity of war, duty, family, etc.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Battle Magic includes enchanting and magical characters such as eight-foot spiders with healing webs, hearts of mountains, and stone paintings with lions, tigers, and snakes that come to life. The dreamlike and fun adventure will leave readers thinking about the repercussions of war and the art of folklore, if they can stay engaged through the drawn-out and plentiful pages.

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