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The Magi (The Magi Series #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  661 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Elijah Hawk has never heard of the Magi. He knows nothing about their three thousand-year-old secret. He has never been to Savenridge, the Magi city hidden deep inside the northern woods. Most of all, Elijah is unaware of the dangers hunting him.

After one terrifying night, however, all of that changes!

On a quest to solve the horrific murder of his paren
Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published October 8th 20
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Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc
Sometimes I debate between 4 and 5 stars, wondering if the book really is a 5-star. But there was No question when It came time to rating The Magi. I would give it a hundred stars if I could! It's completely magical, brilliantly clever and absolutely wonderful!

When Elijah Hawk learns about The Magi, and that he's one of them, his life takes an abrupt turn and he's thrown into an adventure he will not soon forget. Elijah is a incredible protagonist with a strong voice and admirable personality. H
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been sitting here at my computer for ages trying to think how I can word this review without telling you more about the plot than is already given in the synopsis. I don’t want to give any spoilers - this book deserves for you to discover it’s secrets yourself!

We first meet 13 year old Elijah, the main character, just before his parents and older sister are murdered by a mysterious man with strange eyes. Elijah begins to learn that just maybe he isn’t quite the average kid on the block he t
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that will keep you wanting more. It holds your interest from beginning to end. It reminded me of a cross between Harry Potter and Avatar the Last Airbender. A great adventure for any age!

From the start I felt sorry for Elijah. The beginning of the book pretty much throws you into the death of his parents and sister, who he loves deeply. Family is a big theme in this book which I love. He goes to live with his Uncle only to have him disappear. Elijah is taken to a school which he l
Valette M.
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

What an exciting book! This read gave me the same thrill and satisfaction as the first Harry Potter.
Elijah (main character) really came to life for me. Often in fantasy books, the hero is made of iron, and only slightly affected by sadness. But when Elijah experiences his own tragedy, his grief was very realistic. I would liked to have seen Elijah's friends, Samuel and Hannah, developed a bit more, but I really enjoyed reading Paul, who was a perfectly loyal rascal. Elijah's mentor, Olivia, ca
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Magi is the first of author Kevin M. Turner’s The Magi Series, with book two, The Sphere, coming soon. The story, aimed at younger teens, tells of an ordinary boy, Elijah, from the perfect family, who is suddenly orphaned and whisked away to boarding school. Elijah’s father dies saving his life. His uncle suddenly deserts him. And his school-teachers torment and mortify him. When the only teacher he likes disappears, Elijah’s almost ready to give up, but there are adventures aplenty in store ...more
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Magi is great! I can't wait for book 2. Elijah Hawk, a normal middle school boy, through a series of wild events, discovers nothing in his world is what he thought it was. He is plunged into a completely new world of fantasy that had me believing it was real and possible. From the beginning, I was propelled forward wondering what would happen next. Clues are interspersed that peaked my interest. It is a fast moving adventure/mystery with quality character development. A must read. Enjoy!
Rating Clarification: 2.5 stars

The Magi by Kevin M. Turner is the first book in a potential 5-book series. It is currently only available as an e-book but the price is pretty awesome. I mean honestly, how can you pass up a $3.99 book? Especially an incredibly high rated book about a magical quest. This book started out very (very) strongly for me By chapter 3, I was already loving the story much more than I expected and I flew through the first half of this book. Sadly, the story kind of lost it
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! The characters were really well written, and I really liked Elijah and cared about what happened to him. There were some good bad guys in the story, and the line was really well defined between the good and the evil. There were, however, some characters that you didn't know if you could trust, but that added to the intrigue of the story! I definitely want to read the next book in the series to see what happens to Elijah and the rest of the Magi!!

I received this ebook
Mariana Bezerra
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
This is the first book in Kevin series and started really good with a intense conversation about death and an attack right in the beggining of the book, put things in the action point really fast. Elijah seams to have some sort of special ability that he doesn’t know about it.

I understand I was necessary for Elijah to go to that awful school and see how the Maliphists ruled their world, but some points I was really sorry for him and those orphans boys.

Loved the author explanation for the magi wo
David Graddy
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Easy story to catch onto and it plays with your emotions. I felt I could easily connect to the story.
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me turning pages and wanting more from cover to cover. I love the way Turner has taken our world and added just enough fantasy to keep it believable. The world draws you in and you find yourself wanting to be a part of this new place. There is great character development and you really care about the people in the book. Turner also keeps the plot moving well. There are some pretty tense moments and the whole thing ties together in the end. I didn't feel like any of the book was slo ...more
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
this was a great book i liked how it was so discriptive and it actually was one of the best books i ever read i was actually sad when he found out what happend to his parents
James West
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just want to say right now that this book was very good and I had a lot of fun reading it. I was really impressed that this was one of the few stories I've seen that actually seems to get the 'dead parent' trope right (take notes Ubisoft). I really loved the characters; they felt very real to me. I admit I have some mixed emotions about the ending and how it was executed, but I still love this book as a whole.

For my full review, please check out my review video:
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Young Adult readers only

Though there are many good ideas and plot development s, this first book needed some serious editing. I was often distracted by poorly worded passages and language that seemed to attempt to oversimplify the message. The repetition of the characters names when it was obvious who the author was talking about was annoying. I understand that the author is writing for a younger audience, but I think he underestimates their ability to follow along.
Jean Neyland
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
The Magi

I enjoyed the book enough to read book 2. Some parts were fairly predictable. The main character, Elijah, is likable.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good fantasy book...which keeps us guessing. We know things only when the hero knows things. So we are literally taking this journey with him.
Oct 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: etc-ya-na, fantasy
Many thanks to author Kevin M.Turner for providing me with an ARC of his novel for an honest review.
The Magi is the first novel in a five-book YA fantasy series initially written for the enjoyment of his students. I'm thankful he decided to share it with the rest of the world.

So what’s it about?

With school just around the corner, thirteen-year old Elijah faces the usual insecurity an average teenager does. He had hoped to fill out more during the summer, become that person who would return to
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle Grade, and their parents
Recommended to Kereesa by: Giselle
***A big thank you to Giselle and the author for the giveaway!***

The Magi for me was a mix between the Harry Potter series, with a bit of Narnia thrown in for kicks. The story, about a boy named Elijah, kind of follows that typical magical kid adventure as Elijah, orphaned, is sent away to a terrible school until he finds out there is more to him, the school, and the world than it seems. Adventure, powers, and friendship follow in this middle school novel that kids and adults will enjoy.

The Magi
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read countless books of this type - some great, some awful and some mediocre - where a young protagonist goes on a magical journey of self-discovery. It's a well beaten and often not very lucrative path to take but there are ones that shine amidst those which do not. Fast pace, an interesting concept and elevated lexis all make The Magi stand out amongst the rest. It took me a long time to get around to reading the book because I seriously underestimated the work itself; I read this book ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Honestly, this book was a pleasure to read from beginning to end. It starts off with a bang and keeps right on moving. Here are some of the things I loved about this book.

I really liked Elijah. He seems to be a typical teenager, still growing, still developing. The moments when I sensed Elijah's insecurities were the moments when I felt most connected to him. I felt like Elijah was a kind kid, easy to get along with, which was refreshing.

I really enjoyed the growing relationships between Elijah
Sandra Stiles
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Kevin Turner is an extremely accomplished writer. When I started out reading The Magi I was drawn to the fact that Elijah Hawk reminded me of Harry Potter. Harry's parents were killed by his enemy and Harry didn't understand at first that he was special and there was a "plan" for his life. Such is the life of Elijah Hawk. He awakes with a feeling that something in his house is wrong and he needs to get out, escape. He does so and runs into his father in the yard. His dad tells him to run and to ...more
Susan (The Book Bag)
This book is a very well written, fast paced book about a young boy who loses his family and then discovers a whole new world that he was supposed to be a part of. He eventually ends up in the world of the Magi and starts to learn about the powers that are available for him to master. Things seem to come rather easily for him, which makes me wonder if maybe he is a special Magi that is going to do great things once he completes his training.

Great line from The Magi ~~ "But that's just what you w
Coreena McBurnie
I really enjoyed reading this book - there was something about it that made me happy every time I picked it up. The story was easy to read, entertaining, filled with adventure and fun.

Turner doesn't waste any time getting into the story - the mystery and excitement of who the Magi are and the murder of Elijah's family happens right away. This is dealt with well and sensitively, I really felt for Elijah in his grief and confusion. In fact, that is one of the things I liked about this book was how
Lindsey (Babies, Books, and Beyond)
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA/MG fans
Recommended to Lindsey by: Kevin Turner
Shelves: magic, 2011
This book was so good! I wanted to read it all at once, but the baby wouldn't let me! The book centers on Elijah Hawk, a seemingly normal guy with a normal family. This all changes one night when his family is murdered. He escapes from the murderer and goes to live with his uncle. There he learns that he still isn't safe. His uncle goes missing and he is sent to a boarding school. While he thinks he is safe at the boarding school, he isn't happy, mostly because the headmaster and instructors are ...more
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classmum
Ever since the popularity of Harry Potter, there are many new novels for middle school children, especially boys on the market. The Magi is one such book. Our hero, Elijah begins the book as a regular teenager, with regular parents and the big sister who loves to bug him but really does love him. It is only after his parents are killed in a horrific multiple murder, that he comes to discover that there is something special about him and his family.

The novel recounts his journey of discovery as t
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved The Magi! It is full of adventure, fantasy, and suspense, all wrapped up in a timeless story about the struggle between good and evil. The characters are interesting and enjoyable because they so thoroughly resemble real human beings: imperfect, afraid, uncertain, and yet capable of great love, friendship, and courage. The element of magic in the story makes it exciting and intriguing, as the reader is exposed to a new world that is very much like our own, but in which the cha ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Let me just start out by saying that you all need to read this book. If you're a fan of books like the Harry Potter books or just a fan of a good story, you need to read this book. I really, really enjoyed this book. The Magi is the first book in a planned 5 book series. This book is a young adult book and would probably be enjoyed by readers as young as 12 or 13. The book is wonderfully accessible for so many levels of readers.

The world building in this work is great. The world is very familiar
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kevin Turner invited me to read and review this book. He suggested I read an excerpt on his website before I said yes. After reading that excerpt, I immediately told him I would LOVE to read the rest of the book and review it. The action takes off right from page 1! The rest of the book moves along as well. From being chased by a man with yellow eyes to climbing down a canyon to rescue his uncle, Elijah is on some wild adventure! His family is attacked and his father tells him to run -- that the ...more
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Ethan is a likable character. As is often the case with fantasy books about young men, he is orphaned and suddenly finds himself in a world that he doesn't quit understand, searching for answers and learning who to trust and what to believe.

I found this to be an entertaining book, but it was a little predictable and unfortunately a little forgettable. A week or two after I finished the book, I had a difficult time remembering what it was about..which is rather sad, since I know I really liked th
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Anyone who knows my reading style, knows i'm not a huge fantasy fan and that my tastes are geared more towards contemporary fiction. The Magi is one of those books that makes me think why the heck do I not read more fantasy?? I absolutly loved this story. Kevin Turner is a brilliant writer who created this utterly magical world that any reading fan young or old can and would enjoy. If your a fan of Harry Potter, then you should check these books out because they have the potential to become as b ...more
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Kevin M. Turner lives in California with his wife and daughter. He has taught English to middle school students for nine years and also teaches philosophy and education to teaching credential candidates. He began writing to give a fun read to his students who were reluctant to pick up a book.

The Magi, a young adult fantasy adventure, is his first novel. He is currently working on the sequel entitl
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