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Midnight Magic (Midnight Magic #2)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  3,389 Ratings  ·  311 Reviews
Mangus the Magician has been commanded to free a princess from a terrifying ghost. But Mangus doesn't believe in ghosts. Actually, he doesn't even believe in magic. His servant boy, Fabrizio, is the princess's secret friend and determined to prove that the ghost is real.
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Perfection Learning (first published October 1st 1999)
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Ok, before I say anything else I have to point out that this appears to be the second book in the Midnight Magic series and that I have not read the first one because I found this in a cozy café/book shop for second-hand books. So please excuse me if any of my comments would be void if I had actually read the first book. :)

That left aside, however, I thought the book was ok but not great. Apart from the clumsy and repetitive language which may, after all, be a problem of the German translation,
Mar 17, 2012 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastically entertaining and adventuresome. I really enjoyed the timescale used here. You never really get nice, exciting mystery-type stories from the ancient past. Writing in a time on no technology as simple as the light bulb is an extravagant and hardly touched upon world. So much more is open to what we don't know from personal experience to what we do know in our everyday lives.

The fact that the author had to write this novel from doing research on the time period and from
Lisa the Librarian
Feb 17, 2009 Lisa the Librarian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans, princess fans
A medieval mystery based on magic, or more accurately perceived magic.

Fabrizio is the servant of renowned magician Magnus. Magnus is fully aware that he is not really a magician and believes true magic does not exist. He is a master of slight of hand and has gained reputation in the kingdom. After a trial he has renounced the practice of "magic" basically on pain of death. Fabrizio, on the other hand, is superstitious as are most other members of the kingdom and fully believes is magic.

The king
Carrie Goodall
I really enjoyed this historical mystery by Avi. It's been a while since I read anything by him and I wasn't disappointed. For such a short book, his characters were vivid and well-developed.

I loved the bits of history related to the printing press and attitudes toward modern inventions and progress. One of the characters did not want any modern inventions in Pergomontia (the Italian kingdom in which the story took place) and it reminded me that all technology and progress is met with skepticis
Jane Evans
Apr 15, 2011 Jane Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading this book out loud to my class!!!! Everyone loved it! It was a great mystery! Although, this is the second book in the series.... Oops! Should have read Murder at Midnight first! Guess I'll have to back track!
Jan 07, 2009 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older children, young adults and adults who like a good murder mystery.
Recommended to Erin by: I found this book at the library.
I choose this book to read with my 11-year-old daughter since we were studying the Renaissance. By the title alone, I wasn't sure I would like it. Magic, wizards, sorcerers... not my thing. The story opens at the home of Mangus the Magician. His sole servant, Fabrizio, waits till midnight then casts tarot cards to shape the future for his master. I about stopped there. Although the book was hard to "get into" (the first 85 pages of a 249 page book), once we got past that point it was very hard t ...more
Shelby Lynch
Dec 14, 2016 Shelby Lynch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Austin Walsh
Jan 03, 2017 Austin Walsh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was pretty good I loved how at the end of the book the prince was still alive. I new the princess looked a little weird and was acting weird. It was the princess and the queen that was the ghost the whole time. It got crazy at the end.

Midnight Magic , by Avi, tells the story of Fabrizio, the young servant of Magnus the Magician. When Magnus is called to the castello by the Kings advisor, Fabrizio goes with him. Once in the castello, Fabrizio learns that the princess has been tormented by a ghost, hence why Magnus has been called to banish a ghost whom had been tormenting the princess, Teresina. "it's you - the Kings voice turned to pleading - and only you who can free my daughter from a terrifying ghost!" (Avi, 31) It is soo

Grace Meredith
While this is a page-turner, and I did finish it in an hour, I pretty much regret reading it. The characters are so poorly explained, and the mystery is so carelessly thrown out there, that it doesn't really qualify to be a book at all. The only reason I gave it more than one star is because I did really get hooked and wanted to find out what happened. You've got to give Avi some credit for that, I guess.

So, the main character is this boy named Fabrizio, who is the servant to a magician named Ma
Long Wang
The "Midnight Magic" is a book recommended by my friend,he said that it is interesting. The story begins with a foreshadowing, a twelve year's old boy name Fabrizio is a servant of a Magician, Mangus. Mangus used to be really rich and famous, but he doesn't practice any real magic, instead he knows lots of tricks and sleight of hands. The people in the town of Pergamontio believe that Mangus does know magic, and so does the king. The foreshadowing is showed with tarot cards,the cards have the ch ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Hollowspine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I have come into the habit of grabbing a couple audiobooks on the way out of work when I haven't got one ordered or in between my many requests. I picked this one up along with Revenge of the Witch, figuring at least one would be good. Of course I started with Revenge of the Witch and didn't bother to put the other cd in as I was immediately engrossed.(view spoiler) Eventually, howe ...more
Samantha Kernc
Samantha Kernc
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Midnight magic
By: Avi, 260 pages
Midnight magic

Midnight magic is a mysterious book filled with magic, mystics, and the power to read the future. Fabrizio is a teenager in 1491who lives in the Kingdom of Pergamontio. Fabrizio lives as a servant to the death defying, magician, Mangus. Mangus doesn’t really believe in any of the mystical magic. Mangus thinks that all magic is just a trick that illustrates an illusion that the audience just doesn’t see. I believe that
I have heard about Avi for a long time; he has written a ton of young adult novels and after reading the synopsis for this novel I decided it was probably an Avi novel that I would enjoy. I was mostly curious about what all of the buzz about Avi was about. This book was an okay children's book; nothing spectacular but amusing and interesting.

Fabrizio is the apprentice to the former court Magician; his master stopped practicing magic when he was accused by the King of dark magic. The former Magic
Book Talk: Ever since Fabrizio's master was tried for witchcraft he and his wife have been prisoners in their home. The other servants have left them, but they are like a mother and father to Fabrizio and he longs to restore his master's position. So, he turns to his master's old tarot deck and turns up: the magician, the servant, the castello, the king, the ghost, the princess, the tutor, the queen, and finally: death. His master may insist that all his magic is illusion and reason always trium ...more
Aug 17, 2013 Gale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Set in medieval times in a fictitious kingdom, this story reads easily, with a pace that moves as swiftly as superstition in a dank castle. Despite the young protagonist's distinct lack of sleep, this tale is characterized by an abundance of dialogue and many plot twists. Elementary readers will delight in guessing who is to be trusted and who is not, as conspiracies abound concerning the throne.
Ten-year-old Fabrizio is the devoted servant
Johanna Freivalds
I read as well as listened to the audio version of this story during free moments over the course of a few days--both versions were enjoyable. The audio version might just be the "thing" for a struggling reader to listen to as they follow along with the text, or just to enjoy outright. The book is an accessible mystery for younger teens with relatively few words that are likely to be unfamiliar (a few Italian words and names which are easily sorted out).

Set in medieval times,this is a well-told
Dec 30, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Princess Teresina is being haunted by a terrible ghost. Thus Mangus, a former magician who has recanted his pursuit of magic, has been summoned to put the ghost to rest. His servant, Fabrizio, is determined to go with him. Once at the castello the mystery thickens: secrets and lies abound. Who is the ghost? Why is it here? And why is everyone in such a hurry to get an answer? Fabrizio is determined to find the truth, but he's not prepared for the consequences.

This is a historical ghost mystery,
Jun 14, 2009 Fabio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Midnight Magic
By: Avi

ISBN: 0439242193
249 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks

Midnight Magic is a book I did not enjoy reading. I did not really understand what the author was trying to say. I kept getting lost through out the book. I don’t know if it was because I didn’t like it, I just couldn’t stay awake for most of the times I tried to read it. It was just a book I wasn’t into.

The story was about a magician named Mangus. Mangus is suppose to help get rid of a ghost that was hunting a
Fabrizio's master, Mangus, is a retired magician, forbidden by the king to practice "magic." Mangus is content to direct his studies toward the pursuit of truth and reason rather than the illusions and trickery of his magic practice, but is called upon by the court to help with a supernatural problem. The princess, Teresina, has been visited by a ghost! The king's advisor, Scarazoni, expects that Mangus can prove there is no ghost, while the superstitious king is certain there is and Mangus is t ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Chazzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, mystery
Magnus the Magician has sworn not to do magic, after having been brought to trial and threatened with death if he were to do magic again. Now he has been ordered to the castle by the King to prove or disprove if the Princess is being haunted by a ghost. His life is once again at stake.

Accompanied by his young assistant, Fabrizio, the two try to discover if the appearances are real or hoax. If the ghost is real, the young Princess will not be forced to marry the Count Scarazoni, but if it is all
Mar 12, 2014 Claudia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads
This book is great for higher elementary/middle school students. I read this story to my 7th graders because I thought it would be fun and interesting to read a mystery novel during the time of the Renaissance.

The story begins in 1491 with Fabrizio and Mangus the Magician. As we all know, magic was considered evil at the time and Mangus renounced his magic ways to save himself from certain death. Note that Mangus is a magician, not a wizard. Fabrizio, on the other hand, is his highly superstiti
Feb 26, 2013 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Josh Leon

A nervous king, a exasperatingly playful princess, a shifty count, an strange kitchen boy, a magician who doesn't believe in magic, and a servant who knows far too much for his own good, all in a mystical castello. When this crew goes on a medieval ghost hunt, destiny throws plenty of twists and turns their way. Fabrizio, troublemaker but loyal servant of Mangus the ex-magician, feels terribly guilty. Though forbidden to do so, he secretly continues to practice card tricks that seem lik
This isn’t going to make it into the children’s classic list, but it’s a fun read for younger teens and tweens. To Avi’s credit with this novel, he steers clear of the well-overused fantasy fiction plot of the child of promise overcoming a great evil against all odds that is threatening to destroy life as everyone knows it. Instead this is a simplistic yet multi-factional mystery that unveils itself well over the course of the text.

The historical aspects seem accurate, and the characters are be
Yashaswani Singh
Midnight Magic is a story in the time of the Renaissance, in the fictional city of Pergamontio. Fabrizio and his master, Mangus are called to King Claudio, to rid his daughter of a ghost who haunts her night after night. This surprises Mangus, as a few years ago, he was on trial for practicing magic, which was considered evil. In the end, however, he was saved, hence the fact that he is alive at the moment. When told of this problem, both Master and Servant discover extremely surprising things, ...more
Aug 20, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a child and all I remember of it was being disappointed - I couldn't remember the characters, the plot, or anything else in the story. Just disappointment. In spite of that, when I saw this book in a used book store, I had to read it again... and once again I was disappointed.

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Entertaining quick read set in 1491, complete with castles, ghosts, magic, and secrets—both the conspiratorial kind and the passage kind. Effective use of the setting to show the suspicions and class hierarchy of the time, and how those very elements help Fabrizio and his master, Mangus, in their task. I especially like Fabrizio's proverbs–they’re consistent with the times and reveal his character. The characters themselves have charm. Some of the plot twists are clear from the start, but it’s s ...more
Christy Hudson
Fabrizio is the apprentice for the magician Mangus, who was put under house arrest because he convinced people that he was capable of witchcraft. He has since sworn off doing any kind of magic because of it. They are summoned to the castle because the princess claims to have been seeing a ghost, and the king wants Mangus to use magic to investigate it. Mangus does not believe in magic, and is searching for a logical answer for what is happening to the princess. Fabrizio, however, does believe th ...more
Sep 16, 2015 LobsterQuadrille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans, anyone 11+, historical fiction fans
I first read this book years ago, but didn't remember anything about it, so I decided to reread it. Fabrizio, the young servant of Mangus, a supposed magician, accompanies his master to the castle of the king, who has asked Mangus to help free his daughter, the princess from ghostly visitations. As Fabrizio learns more about the mystery, including a powerful count's growing political ambitions and the disappearance of the prince, he becomes more and more involved, and the danger increases. Howev ...more
Feb 23, 2010 Sarai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mangus, an ex-magician, and his servant Fabrizio are called to the court of the king to help discover the truth behind the haunting of the princess. Fabrizio discovers there is intrigue aplenty as he and Mangus try to avoid the traps around them and solve the mystery that has brought them there.

I was a little annoyed that Fabrizio didn't listen to Mangus right off the bat. Mangus told him no magic and one of the first things he does is perform magic! Then he does it again later. Mangus has been
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