Author: Jeff Hirsch
Release Date: Available
Glenn Morgan has spent her sixteen years of life living next to something she cannot see. An assumed border called the Rift splits the world in two, though the other side of this line holds no interest for Glenn. Her side of the Rift (Colloquim) is an advanced paradise that no one would dream of leaving, a world that never sees disaster or need, but her only friend, Kevin, strongly disagrees. He claims that the area past the border (Magisterium) holds life beyond average imagination, insisting that it keeps back monsters and magic. Though magic doesn’t intrigue Glenn; the real world is quite enough. Her mother left her when she was very young, followed quickly by the loss of her father’s sanity. He has spent his every moment and breath on his mysterious Project, barely acknowledging anything else. But when his work leads to his arrest, he gives Glenn a strange metal bracelet, causing her, and Kevin, to begin an escapade that crosses every realm of Glenn’s beliefs.
Magisterium turns out to be a world that nearly mirrors Kevin’s predictions. Magic is nothing close to a rarity, but its abundance has had some negative effects. This nation is in the midst of a century-old war, a war that forces Glenn to come to terms with her role in this kingdom, and its future.
While this plot sounds like a simple utopia-versus-dystopia sort of dynamic, I promise you that this is far true. This book’s plot was actually nearly flawless. There were plenty of twists and surprises that kept it interesting, along with some rich and absorbing characters. The protagonist, Glenn, caught on to things relatively quickly, allowing for the reader to follow along well, despite the books single flaw: consistency.
The majority of the story was relatively smooth, allowing for minimal confusion for the reader, but the rest of it seemed to be limping along. The flashbacks were incredibly jarring, seeming almost out of place. While Hirsh’s description of the immediate was impeccable, his reasoning and explanations kept you from staying focused. Consistency is all that I would have to ask for here, but overall it was a phenomenal book. It is definitely a recommended read, though if you do skip a paragraph of description or two, it will not completely mar your understanding of the story.
Review by Alex
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