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Jinx's Magic

(Jinx #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,563 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Jinx knows he can do magic. But he doesn't know why he's being stalked by a werewolf with a notebook, why the trees are starting to take back the only safe paths through the Urwald, or why the elves think Jinx and the evil Bonemaster are somehow connected.

Jinx's perilous search for answers takes him to the desert land of Samara, where, according to the wizard Simon, he jus
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Kat Heckenbach
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved the first in the series, loved this one just as much. Everything that had me turning pages in the first book continued just as strongly in this one--the characterization, the rich story world, the cool magic system. Only this time, Jinx spends some time outside the Urwald. I was afraid that would disappoint me, but it did not at all. The story has gotten bigger, more complex, but the pacing has continued just right.

Seriously, this has become a new favorite series for me. I cannot wait for
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Knowing is having confidence in the infinity of possibility."
-Jinx's Magic

The next installment in the Jinx saga, "Jinx's Magic," is even better than the first book. It picked up immediately with the the young, colorful Jinx who continues his journey of discovering himself and the entirety of his magic. Being a listener appears harder than it seems to be because now, not only does Jinx have to struggle to relieve the forest of the "Terror," he also has to contend with the impending doom that ho
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are no words that can define how good this book is and how much I love this series
Brandy Painter
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Jinx was one of my favorite reads of 2013. I fell in love with the characters and the world they inhabited. It is always a bit scary when you go back to characters and a world you love so much in a sequel. Exciting too though. And lovers of Jinx, Simon, and the Urwald have nothing to fear from Jinx's Magic. Sage Blackwood outdid herself in this one.

If you haven't read Jinx yet, go and do that NOW. Then come back and read this.

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Online Eccentric Librarian
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, fantasy

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Jinx's Magic is a solid, well written, intelligent sequel, smoothly continuing the story from the eponymous first book. Sage Blackwood's strength as a storyteller is her ability to weave very realistic and complex character studies but put them in a wholly realized magical world.

In this volume 2 of Jinx's story, the boy is now 13 and helping Reven and Elfywyn (the prince in hiding and the girl who cannot lie) out of the
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 really

Full review posted at Redeemed Reader

The sequel to Jinx, Jinx’s Magic is definitely a “second” book. Picking up immediately where Jinx left off, the book races to a cliffhanger end! Blackwood’s world building, character development, and plotting are very well done. Jinx is revealed to be the Listener: he can hear the trees talk, see people’s thoughts, and can summon power from the trees of his home country (the Urwald) as well as through others’ knowledge. What this means for the futur
Denae Christine
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reader thoughts: Every time I think I have it figured out, there's a new twist in the story. The characters react when they know it'll cause trouble, and then the reader gets to read characters smart enough to know better AND all the trouble they cause.

Too bad Jinx is a dog person. That was the only bit that could have been better.

So many kinds of prison! And so many exceptions to the rules (well, they all have to do with Jinx, actually), and then a handful of exceptions to those exceptions (Dam
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A three and a half star book rather than four by my personal reckoning, but I'm rounding up because it seems to deserve better than a bland "I liked it". I find the prose in these books somewhat flat and simplistic, which decreases my enjoyment a little, but it's well suited to the MC's youth and direct manner. The multiple systems of magic in this book and the way they conflict and intertwine is fascinating; I'm also a bit in awe of the author's ability to telescope large stretches of time and ...more
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
JINX was one of my happy-happy reads of 2013. I didn't write a particularly brilliant review of the book --it deserved better-- but I did go all fan-girl on it and actually wrote "** I wish every book written for Middle-graders was this good**".

I wrote this because JINX had fabulous characters and delightful tongue-in-cheek humor. It's a smart book, just as JINX'S MAGIC is a smart book. In fact, JINX'S MAGIC is almost as brilliant --filled with humor, smarts, and great characters -- and the only
Jannah (Cloud Child)
4/5 because I was really enjoying this and then wham bam its the end and its a cliffhanger and I didn't even realise until I turned the next page and saw the authors note (darned ebooks and me not checking my progress bar) AND NOW I HAVE TO READ THE NEXT

Slightly fuming right now. Im too lazy to rage properly under the covers especially when Ive had 4 hours of sleep.
Ok. So this book is a continuation of Jinxs adventures (though it explains things here and there you really
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
There is an increasing number of loose threads in the second book of Jinx, Jinx Magic by Sage Blackwood – the werewolf Malthus (entertaining name for a werewolf). Those spooky elves and whatever they’re up to. that part reads as a cliffhanger – a rather slow-motion cliffhanger, granted. jinx is an interesting character. He is a wizard that was given an unusual amount of power without his knowledge. I thought that the book was okay. It wasn't great but i didn't think it was horrible. The writing ...more
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Jinx's Magic was definitely an entertaining read, but I thought it suffered from the opposite of middle-book syndrome: it had too much plot. It careened from place to place. I'd have welcomed a little more direction, a little more character development, and a non-cliffhanger ending.

I'm definitely reading the sequel, though.
Kim Ivins
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the world created in these books. Jinx is a young boy and yet he overcomes great challenges! Definitely recommend.
April Franklin
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just as good as the first!
Hannah Belyea
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
No sooner has Jinx gotten Reven "the Terror" out of the Urwald that he is sent back to Samara by Simon while the wizard searches for a way to lock up the Bonemaster once and for all, leading the duo to face dangers like never before - ones that will have Jinx revealing even greater powers of his own! Blackwood continues this entertaining trilogy with plenty of gusto and magic that will have fans eagerly awaiting more. As the trees call to him, Jinx must learn to master more magic than he ever th ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great sequel that barrels on through and you just can’t not start reading the third book right away! Characters and dialogue and world-building are all tops and the main character is really coming into his own—but not quite yet! There is so much direness and mystery and Jinx is so salty!
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Wendy G.

What would you do if you had the power of magic? When you were young, you might have imagined that you had magic and could be the most powerful one. This book is called “Jinx Magic.” It is great novel for middle school children. It is the second book of Jinx fantasy trilogy by Sage Blackwood. “Jinx Magic” is a magical book full of imagination and dangers. A group of audacious and inquisitive magicians will lead you into a fantastic new world.

Jinx is a brainy and curious magic
Becky B
Jinx is still trying to get Reven out of the Urwald to pacify the trees as the story opens. And this is taking far, far too long because someone (whose name starts with R) refuses to get out in any hurry. When Jinx finally does have Reven set up to defy his uncle and take back his kingdom, he leaves him in the hands of some maybe possibly trustworthy men and Elfwyn decides to stay and help him. Jinx is also really upset that no one seems very upset about the men cutting down great swaths of the ...more
Jacob Andrew
Summary- so first jinx was away from the group and he saw a civilized werewolf and elves told him that the bonemaster was getting power then they erased his memory of that happening. Then elfwyn came and got him and while walking with her simon and reven the trees told him to run so they did and they came to a clearing and rested then jinx helped them get trees off their houses. Then they visited elfwyn home clearing and then her intimidating mother tells them to go to seymour the witch who is a ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jinx is trying to keep his promise to the Urwald to escort Reven out of it. Only Reven isn't taking to the eviction as well as either of them hoped. Reven is happy to see the Urwald as an opportunity---for a safe place to hide, and especially for its land and timber. To Jinx, who talks to trees, any talk of cutting them down is like proposing murder. But before he and Reven can get into a proper fight about it, Jinx is off to Samara on Simon's instruction, sent to look for Sophie, some books, an ...more
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this book to review through Edelweiss. This was even better than the first book in this series. It’s a well done middle grade fantasy novel and I enjoyed it. There will be a third book in this series.

Jinx knows he can do magic but he doesn’t know why. Jinx is being followed by a werewolf with a notebook and the trees keep telling him that he is a Listener and needs to learn how to be a Listener to save the Urwald. When Simon goes to confront the Bonemaster and doesn’t come back J
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Update: Finished for a second time reading this 9/2016 and loved it even more; going to dive into the third book

Why?! To end like that was just cruel and quite horrid. Now I will have to wait. For a year. A whole year or maybe longer for the next book! Cruelty!!!

Ok, moving onto the book itself, which was excellent but bumpy as all get out. The pacing was very uneven--one minute you are plodding along wondering WHEN anything will ever happen and then bang! you are picked up and thrown headlong at
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, j, not-graphic
An enchanting continuation of Jinx's story, growing both the character and his world, with plenty left yet to be revealed. It loses a star for being a little too much the middle book of a trilogy, but sets up the last book so nicely I'm anxious to keep reading. The series is a wonderful story told wonderfully, with broad appeal. Recommended.
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
In this second book in a trilogy, Jinx’s entire life has changed since his death. He can now listen to the voices of the trees in the huge Urwald forest and they tell him things. But his life is also in danger still. The Bonemaster has been defeated but Jinx’s master, Simon believes he is stronger than the bindings that surround him. Yet none of the other magic wielders of the Urwald will help Simon keep the Bonemaster restrained. Jinx is sent to Samara, a land reached via a portal in Simon’s ho ...more
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
I had a big fat grin on my face the entire time I was reading this book. It has such charm to it and Jinx is so endearing that I never wanted the book to end. It’s also funny, and I love the magic system, especially KnIP. Blackwood writes compellingly and immediately sucked me into the world.

While the first quarter of the book was incredibly frustrating due to Revin, I was still engaged with it from the very beginning (hence the frustration). I found myself getting anxious for Jinx’s sake and ho
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted at The Children's Book and Media Review

Jinx can do magic, but that doesn’t mean that he understands it. When he is being stalked by a werewolf with a notebook, learns that the trees of the Urwald are being cut down, and is unable to convince Revan why saving the trees is important (and the Urwald really is its own country), he knows that he has to do something to fix it. Simon sends him to Samara to study at the Temple. Magic is illegal in Samara, but Jinx hopes
Amy Forrester
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This sequel to 2013’s Jinx continues our reluctant hero’s quest to save the trees of the magical and dangerous Urwald. Strange things are happening and Jinx needs to figure out what’s going on before it’s too late. His quest takes him beyond his beloved Urwald to the Keylands where he learns surprising things about his traveling companion Reven, to the desert land of Samara where he must learn KnIP magic (Knowledge is Power), and once again to Bonesocket to negotiate with the chillingly evil Bon ...more
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
sadly it is between three four stars this time,

I think I got familiar with the world Jinx lives in and am less surprised about what happens in the Urwald

this time the book is divided into two parts, in part one Jinx go through the trouble to help the trees to get rid of the Terror, only yo come back home to find that he will face more trouble that will get him to get into much and more complicated "trouble" in order to save the first one, simpply every time Jinx gets to solve one problem, anothe
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: juv, fantasy, juv-fantasy
Our hero from the eponymously named first book in the series is almost 13. He is reasonably confident in his ability to draw magical power from the Urwald into himself; he is deeply troubled by the knowledge that trees are being cut down at an alarming rate, and by the knowledge that he seems to be the only one who can feel the trees' pain, or care. His animosity toward Reven is compounded by complicated feelings for Elfwyn, and the Bonemaster has broken his wards and is more dangerous than ever ...more
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“Who was he?” “A magician who took me in after I left the Bone-master. On his good days, he tried to teach me everything he knew.” “What about his bad days?” “On his bad days, he generally thought he was an onion.” “That’s awful,” said Jinx. “No, it’s not. What was awful was when he thought he was a potato masher.” “Oh.” “He always said to me, ‘Mildred, one day this will all be yours.’” Simon made a wide gesture, encompassing books, cats, and the door to Samara. “Er, he called you Mildred?” “Often as not.” “Maybe he really meant to leave everything to Mildred,” said Jinx. “If she ever shows up, we’ll talk,” said Simon. “But I think she may have been a dog he once had.” 6 likes
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