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The Un-Magician (OutCast #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  279 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The most dangerous boy in the world? Timothy is a freak, a weakling, an impossibility. He's the only person in existence without magical powers and has spent his entire life hidden on a remote island. When Timothy is finally taken back to the city of this birth, he is fascinated by the current of magic that fuels the world, and mesmerized by the buildings and orbs that han ...more
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Turtleback Books
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Great start of a fantastic series aimed at the Young Reader to Young Adult market. It can also be read by any age group who enjoys being surprised at a whole different approach to altering the usual theme of the power regarding Magic and the efforts to either contain or corrupt that power based in a world of Magicians and the company of allies they keep.

Strongly written where the Characters developed within these pages are easy to like. And then, there are those who you ta
Lydia Perversius
I usually go for the magic users.Let's face it,magic is exciting and makes almost anything possible.But,Timothy proved me wrong.This boy is a genius,and even though he doesn't use magic in a world where anything you want can't be achieved otherwise,he manages to beat those that want him dead.The Un-Magician is a book that is really good to read if you're interested in this genre,but it also teaches the reader that different people - different than us,that is - are not abominations of nature.They ...more
In a world where everyone has magic, Timothy is a freak because he has none. Hidden by his father in a secret dimension ever since his birth, he has grown up safe and protected, but after his father's death he returns to his father's world. Timothy doesn't believe those who warn him it will be dangerous---why should his deformity matter? But when those fears prove true, Timothy has to decide where his loyalties lie.

The descriptions in this book are strong; places like the Island of Patience and
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Ειλικρινά, πίστευα πως μετά τον Harry Potter δεν θα ασχολούμουν ποτέ ξανά στη ζωή μου με την εφηβική, μαγική λογοτεχνία του φανταστικού. Φυσικά ο λόγος δεν έχει να κάνει με το ότι δεν μου άρεσε η προαναφερόμενη σειρά, το κάθε άλλο , την λάτρεψα και την αγαπώ όσο λίγες. Απλά θεωρούσα ότι δεν θα μπορούσε μετά από μια τέτοια εμπειρία να βρεθεί κάτι ανάλογο που να μου κεντρίσει το ενδιαφέρον, πόσο μάλλον να με συγκινήσει. Παρ' όλα ταύτα, και καθώς περιφερόμουν στα ράφια του Πατάκη, ανάμεσα σε τόσα κ ...more
Poor book. I think it's early teenage quality book, or younger reader perhaps. I found Tim clever beyond his years but poor in thought. (view spoiler) ...more
Written for young adults, this is an uncomplicated but delightful tale of a young boy whose father was the greatest magician in a world where everybody is a magician. Timothy was born not only without magic but with a field that is immune to magic. His father placed in a pocket dimension along with the last of a primitive warrior tribe to teach him survival. There Timothy grew until his father's death. On his deathbed, the father left Timothy in the care of his best friend. The friend thinks Tim ...more
This book is awesome! It takes place in a magical world where everything is operated by, well, magic. The main character, Timothy Cade by name, is a son of a mage who was born without magic. In fact, he completely nullifies it. Tim's father sent him to a dimension where he can live with his "disabilities" in peace without anyone discovering him. What he lacks in Magic, he makes up for in making things. He even made his own robot friend named Sheridan. After his father dies, one of his students, ...more
Jaime Leroy
Timothy has been surrounded by magic his entire life. Living on a remote island, EVERYONE has magical powers. Well, almost everyone. Timothy is the ONLY person with no powers and he has always been an outsider with his people. When he finally goes back to the city where he was born, assassins hunt him and he has no idea why. Why would anyone want to kill someone with no powers?

Interesting take on fantasy. Filled with enough adventure to keep my students interested!

Suitability: Grades 3-7

Sean Randall
As with Sabriel I found this offering a little too young and childish to utterly enjoy it. Sniegoski has done it before (sleepper code wasn't much good without sleeper agenda, for instance). Nevertheless I felt little for the writing or the characters and the world comes over as just a little flat.
Keli Wright
Aug 26, 2008 Keli Wright rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone esp. people's kids who are old enough to read it
Recommended to Keli by: just saw it at the thrift store
I got this book at the thrift store and I really liked reading it. I thought it was a good story and a quick read. There is a whole series, which I would not mind reading, but I have so many books laying around my house that I want to read that I should refrain at this time. If I did have little boys or girls that were of this reading level then I would definatly get this whole series though. I did enjoy it... So I guess this book will just go back to the thrift store for someone else to get and ...more
I thought this was a very sweet story about a boy who does not allow his handicap to slow him down. While some parts of the story seemed predictable to someone who has read a lot of fantasy before, the story still flowed very well, and the main character was one I could empathize with. This is a story which would keep the interest not only of a child reading it, but also of any adult who may be reading it aloud.
Feb 02, 2008 Denae rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who dream of being extraordinary
Shelves: epic-fantasy, dragons
Though these are great books in a unique world with fascinating characters, the authors spend too much time from secondary viewpoints. They go into a little too much detail about stuff that doesn't really matter. Sure, the reader may need a little info from other characters' views, but only a little.
Mar 13, 2009 Cathy marked it as did-not-want-to-finish
A cute juvenile fantasy. Inventive boy, cool side-kicks, danger and drama, but I can tell too much ahead of time and just can't get into finding out how the obvious happens. I think I'm just too old for this one, but I suspect that my 10-year-old buddy would like it very much.
Fairly straightforward and simple plot, but then again it is a kid's book. I like the fact that instead of a world with only a handful of magic users in this world everyone has magic, except for the main character. It's a nice change of pace.
I love the way this author reversed the usual roles of the main character and magic. The clever change works out really well and makes the trials of the main character more exciting (and different than usual).
I may change my mind and give it 5-stars if I go back to read it again. I didn't like the book enough to want to read the next in the series.
Joelle Laughlin
alittle too slow in the begining but I might try it later on again.I dont like not finishing a book its kinda of like a pet pev of mine.
Clare D' Lune
Ohh, I loved loved LOVED these books when I was younger, so I decided to read them again and I STILL love them!!! : D
very good
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Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film ...more
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