A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kit is bullied because of his Spanish accent.
Violence & Scariness
Getting beaten up by bullies, fantasy violence, Kit is injured, a parrot is smacked in the beak. Nita and Kit are stalked by the evil Lone Power and its minions.
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A couple of mild swears, one in Spanish.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's some mild, mostly fantasy, violence in this first book in the series. Characters get beat up by bullies and are stalked by evil beings. There's also some swearing.
Is It Any Good?
Long before Harry Potter went to Hogwarts, Nita and Kit began their wizard training in this unusual series that blends fantasy and science fiction in equal measures. Rooted both in Judeo-Christian cosmology and a sort of all-encompassing animism, the novel's fascination comes not only from the weird adventures of the protagonists, but also from the magical-scientific details, conveyed in the author's own delightful technobabble.
This entry in the series is also a love song to New York City, and the world of the Lone Power is seen as a twisted version of Manhattan filled with living (and mostly vicious) taxicabs and helicopters. The settings, in and around downtown Manhattan, are vividly realized.
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