Review: Magisterium

by: Jeff Hirsch

A friend of mine attended a book conference earlier this year and she was gracious enough to bring me back a few books, Magisterium was one of them.  Now this book doesn’t release to the public until October 2012, but the cover art on the front of the book was riveting and it immediately captured my interest and so I am hoping they keep this representation (or something very similar) as the cover artwork for the book.

Magisterium is a mystery novel involving two separate divisions of the planet; the Rift or Magisterium and the Colloquium.  The Magisterium is a place of magic, while the Colloquium is a modernized world of science; both worlds are unable to interact with one another.  The main character of the story is Glenn Morgan and she lives in the Colloquium with her father, who is a scientist slash inventor.  Her mother has disappeared, or as Glenn sees it, has abandoned them for some mysterious reason unknown to her.  Wishing to escape the life she has, Glenn dreams of traveling light years away to planet 813.  This dream is interrupted when her father shares with her his latest invention; a bracelet with a large red jewel in the middle of a gray band.  A bracelet, he describes, that will allow them to enter the Rift and to rescue her mother!  Glenn doesn’t believe there is any life in the Rift – everything she’s been taught has been that the Rift is a wasteland, however, when she shares the information about her father’s invention to Dr. Kapoor, her psychiatrist, she finds herself thrust into this whole new magical world.  To escape Sturges and the military forces of the Colloquium, Glenn runs into the Magisterium with her friend, Kevin Kapoor.  The bracelet is the only thing keeping her from totally emerging into this new place, and Glenn soon finds there are mysteries on this side of the border that involve her.  To discover the answers to those mysteries Glenn is forced to face her past, to accept her present, and to possible change her future.

My synopsis of Magisterium doesn’t really capture the whole book, or even the whole story.  There’s just SO much going on, layers of story, that I just can’t fit all of it into a one summarized paragraph.  Part of the reason, there are two completely different realities involved within the book.  And within each reality – be it the Colloquium or the Magisterium – there is a story being told.  Eventually both of these stories collide into one fantastic mystical adventure.

I liked this book.  The story was fun, but it wasn’t simple.  The characters captured my interest and I was drawn into their lives and the mystery surrounding the Morgan family.  As I read, I figured out most of the mystery surrounding Glenn, however, this didn’t deter me from continuing to read the book.  The reason?  Simply put, the story was appealing enough and I was fascinated in the characters and the troubles they found themselves in.

It took me less than two weeks to finish the book; the reading went smoothly, and the font of the book was easy on the eye.  This is probably because the book is geared towards the younger audience and their reading ability, which brings me to those who I would recommend Magisterium to.  On the proof received, it states the recommended age is 12 and up; for grades 7 and up.  I concur with their suggestion and believe those twelve and older will be drawn into the story.  It’s an interesting enough story for even for the adult reader like me!  Plus, the friend who gave me the book also read it and enjoyed the story within, so yes, this book can be read by the adult reader.  If interested in fantasy, then this book will definitely be one you’d want to read.

Visit Jeff Hirsch’s website.

The author, Jeff Hirsch, has created a great novel full of fantasy and imagination in writing Magisterium.  If this review has piqued your creative mind, and you feel the need to know more about this story, you can do so on Mr. Hirsch’s website.  You can even read the first three chapters!  I know you’ll be drawn into the Magisterium…enjoy!

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