Sorcery For Beginners: A Simple Help Guide To A Challenging & Arcane Art by Matt HarrySorcery For Beginners: A Simple Help Guide To A Challenging & Arcane Art by Matt Harry

Sorcery For Beginners: A Simple Help Guide To A Challenging & Arcane Art

byMatt Harry

Paperback | October 10, 2017

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Five-hundred years ago, sorcery began to fade from the world. As technology prevailed, combustion engines and computers replaced enchanted plows and spell books. Real magicians were hunted almost to extinction. Science became the primary system of belief, and the secrets of spell-casting were forgotten. That is ... until now.

Sorcery for Beginnersis no fantasy or fairy tale. Written by arcane arts preservationist and elite mage Euphemia Whitmore (along with her ordinary civilian aide Matt Harry), this book is a how-to manual for returning magic to an uninspired world. It's also the story of Owen Macready, a seemingly average 13-year-old who finds himself drawn into a centuries-long war when he uses sorcery to take on a school bully. Owen's spell casting attracts the attention of a ruthless millionaire and a secret society of anti-magic mercenaries, all of whom wish to useSorcery for Beginnersto alter the course of world history forever.
Matt Harry received an MFA in Film Production from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, and has worked as a filmmaker, editor, screenwriter, college professor, movie critic, and story consultant. His writing has been published in theCleveland Plain Dealer, theAkron Beacon-Journal, and the textbookThe Elements of Style. He has received accol...
Title:Sorcery For Beginners: A Simple Help Guide To A Challenging & Arcane ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 10, 2017Publisher:InksharesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1942645686

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from this is a book that will appeal to readers young and old. Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy: It’s rare to find a book aimed at children, with a distinct voice to the narrator, that is also enjoyable as an adult. SORCERY FOR BEGINNERS is a surprisingly mature story that deals with bullying, social injustice, betrayal and yes, sorcery. The book is set up both as the story of Owen discovering magic, and a guide for budding magicians. With full pages of spell instructions and lots of funny and interesting asides, SORCERY FOR BEGINNERS builds a world that is larger than just Owen’s story. It’s a world where magic speaks many languages and can have both delightful and horrifying consequences. It’s refreshing to find a book about thirteen year olds that deals with real world issues: when the kids defend themselves against a bully and accidentally seal his eyes shut, the bully’s father comes after them. He’s got mafia ties and ends up tazing and threatening the kids with guns. Magic isn’t used as an answer to all problems; it doesn’t fix relationships, it doesn’t always make your life better, and it’s definitely a big responsibility. Owen grows as a character but not too quickly, and always in ways that are easy for younger readers to understand. The end of SORCERY FOR BEGINNERS sets up what could be another book, but it feels just as satisfying on its own. With a varied cast of characters, extra bits of enchanting information and a dramatic final battle, this is a book that will appeal to readers young and old.
Date published: 2017-11-09

Editorial Reviews

"A clever, often hilarious adventure." -Booklist "If you're looking for someone who's got the spell-books covered, you might want to turn to fiction: Matt Harry's Sorcery for Beginners... a fun getaway for any age." -BuzzFeed "For the Harry Potter and other high fantasy magical realism fans this is a great title." -VOYA Magazine "The book's inventive format incorporates spellbook elements, including engraving-style illustrations, droll sidebars, and spell instructions... it's a charming package and a drily funny adventure." -Publishers Weekly "Matt Harry has a knack for taking what's already a fun concept (of his very own creation) and making it even more fun throughout. Sorcery for Beginners makes me wish I had this book when I was Owen Macready's age. The story casts a spell of its own." -Mike Rich, author of Skavenger's Hunt, screenwriter of The Rookie, Radio, and Finding Forrester "Wonderfully hilarious, delightful, and charming." -Paula Yoo, author of Good Enough "Fun premise that sorcery can be taught in a 'For Dummies'-type format. Clever and intriguing." -Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous, authors of Sparked