Paths to Urwald

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In an enchanted forest called Urwald, once you are able to walk you learn the most important rule of all – never leave the paths. In the story Jinx by Sage Blackwood, Jinx lived in an enchanted forest called Urwald, which had trees everywhere. Jinx’s dad died of werewolves and his mom also died because she got carried off by elves, so Jinx had to live with his stepparents. Jinx can talk to trees with his toes, which is a very rare talent for young boys. Jinx has had a fear of stepping off the paths because there are trolls and werewolves everywhere.
Then he meets the wizard named Simon Magnus. His teachers back in Urwald had said that all wizards are evil, but Simon seems different. He seems safe and even looks like a regular human. Simon teaches Jinx about magic and Jinx wants to learn more. Jinx is so curious about magic, he listens to the trees so closely, and all you can see is his mouth open but his eyes as big as golf balls. The more Jinx knows, the more he wants to leave the paths and see what beyond the rocky trails. “…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.”

I would recommend this book for girls or boys 10-13 because it was a little challenging for a 10 year old. There are some challenging words and the book is long – 360 pages. Girls and boys may both enjoy the book because it is about wizards and magicians. I would give Jinx by Sage Blackwood 3 1/2 out of 5 stars because it was interesting and had good descriptive words, but about 25% of the book didn’t keep my attention and I wanted to stop reading it.