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Gwendy's Magic Feather

(The Button Box #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  333 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Something evil has swept into the small western Maine town of Castle Rock on the heels of the latest winter storm. Sheriff Norris Ridgewick and his team are desperately searching for two missing girls, but time is running out to bring them home alive.

In Washington D.C., thirty-seven-year-old Gwendy Peterson couldn't be more different from the self-conscious teenaged girl
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Cemetery Dance Publications
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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5! Rounded up for Goodreads
I read Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar two summers ago. I rated it 5 stars and had this to say,
"Every good story, even a short one, has conflict--maybe something dangerous or threatening so that our protagonist can work through it and grow, make choices, handle the conflict. In this story, we get to ask ourselves, what would you do?"
I highly recommend reading the first book before jumping into this one for two reasons; the first is that Gwendy
J.D. Barker
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very few would consider a trip to Stephen King’s Castle Rock, bad things happen there. If you ask a local, they’d tell you to take 201 and slip past the quiet little seaside town. Stop in Camden, Rockland, or someplace along the harbor instead. Richard Chizmar chose to ignore those warnings and visited the sleepy little town not once, but twice. First with a guide, then on his own. GWENDY’S MAGIC FEATHER makes it clear he is in no way intimidated playing alone in those haunted streets. His knack ...more
I quite liked Gwendy's Button Box, the first book in series by Richard Chizmar playing in the Castle Rock playground created by Stephen King. This, however, was a snooze fest. There was no sense of urgency about any element to the story; be it a group of missing girls, Gwendy's mother's health, or the consumption of treats from the mysterious button box and presumed ill-fated ramifications resulting from said consumption.

The best way for me to describe this book is 'flat'. The writing is ok,
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

This is the continuation of Gwendy story which is a great fit for anyone who loved "Gwendy's Button Box". The creative writing and characters are the same if you enjoyed reading the prequel but now we are in the shoes of a much older, mature Gwendy who is dealing with reinheritance (so to speak) of the button box, dealing with heavy themes and the attempt to help find a mass murderer in her hometown while fighting the button box temptation. It was a light and easy read, and in no way shape
Tracy Robinson
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded to 4 for Goodreads. This is my review from

“Writing stories is basically playing…You start with the what-if, then sit down at your desk to find out where that what-if leads. It takes a light touch, an open mind, and a hopeful heart.” I think Stephen King’s introduction to this newest installment of the Gwendy series is spot on for this book and for Richard Chizmar himself.

Imagine being able to play in your favorite author’s sandbox. Imagine then being able to
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Gwendy’s Magic Feather is a sequel to Gwendy’s Button Box which was written by R. Chizmar and S. King. If you liked the first book, I’d recommend that you pick up this one too! Richard Chizmar did a pretty good job telling a story of a grown up Gwendy who comes back to Castle Rock and has another experience with the well known box. The book comes out in November 2019 and would be a perfect quick winter read, since it’s set around Christmas in 1999 and it just felt so COZY. Add mystery and magic ...more
Armand Rosamilia
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Picking it where the first book left off in terms of writing style and the lightness of the story despite some heavy themes, this is an amazing sequel and worthy of the connection.

Gwendy's Button Box was my favorite book read so far this year, and this followup is very close to the top as well. I'm looking forward to reading more books from Mister Chizmar!
Philip Fracassi
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genre
I received Richard Chizmar's new novel, GWENDY'S MAGIC FEATHER, on Friday and immediately read the introduction by Stephen King, who co-wrote the prequel, GWENDY'S BUTTON BOX. I decided that GBB (forgive the acronym) needed a re-read to get my story memory refreshed for the new one. Long story short, I spend the weekend reading both books, and it was a treat.

Chizmar ups the ante with FEATHER, catching up with Gwendy as a grown woman, as a Congresswoman, dealing with an entire new catalog of
Laura Rash
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Downright masterful!!!
Danielle Fernweh
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Smashed in one day! 5/5

This one is horror in the same league as Stephen King’s The Body and Rita Hayworth. It’s not blood and guts and rabid dogs, so don’t settle down expecting THAT flavor.

A short intro to Richard Chizmar, for those not familiar: Rich has a way with words that reminds me of the old men at the nursing home I used to volunteer in. They could start a yarn that magically transported you into their memories. Those fellas could tell a story that made you create your own memories of
Kim Napolitano
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve long awaited this second story of Gwendy’s adventure. It’s here! Our heroine is now representing as a member of Congress. The youngest ever! Something comes back into her care.. the button box. Older, wiser and with grave decisions on her mind, an husband overseas with violence all around she goes back home to Maine for the government break for the holidays. Gwendy faces home challenges, a President on the edge of war.. she turns to the button box for answers? Maybe.. no spoilers. If you ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Wendy's Magic Feather" by Richard Chizmar is a wonderful extension of the story of "Gwendy's Button Box" cowritten with Stephen King. I hesitate to call it a sequel because Magic Feather is strong enough to stand alone.
We find Gwendy on a blessed path that is unexpectedly perfect for her. She has grown into a magical young woman without losing her moral compass when the Button Box mysteriously reenters her life. While Gwendy doesn't know the reason the box has reappeared; she knows her duty
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gwendy has now grown-up to become a congresswoman.
She's back in Castle Rock for the holidays, and a couple of young girls has disappeared when the Button Box reappear.

The story is a good followup to "Gwendy's Button Box", and is canon to Stephen King's universe. The story multiplies the references to Stephen King's work, and more precisely to what happened to and around Castle Rock... and all coincidences to the current political state and current president would be a coincidence. Or is it?

Erin Al-Mehairi
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! Another fun read. I’ve grown to love Gwendy. More review to come.
Sarah (trisarahtopsreads)
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Why is the box back? And why now?”
Let me start off by saying if you haven’t seen my review of Gwendy’s Button Box, I gave it a five stars and it is a must read! With that being said, the forward by Stephen King in Gwendy’s Magic Feather is so interesting to read to learn about how Button Box started and how King and Chizmar came together to make a great story. Chizmar did an amazing job of tying the Button Box to Magic Feather. There is not one thing to be questioned, and everything is answered
May 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me begin by saying how absolutely gorgeous this book is. Not only is it illustrated, but the pages have these lovely additions of corner boxes, little doodles/images in the corners, the binding is beautifully gold foil stamped, it’s just exquisite. One small improvement could have been made by making the dustjacket matte instead of glossy, but otherwise, simply beautiful.

On to the story. I loved it. Was there a need for another Gwendy tale? Probably not, but I really, really like Gwendy. I
Rebeccah Adkisson
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
If you're a fan of Stephen King's horrifying town of Castle Rock, Gwendy's Magic Feather is a must read. Richard Chizmar and Stephen King originally collaborated and created Gwendy Peterson in Gwendy's Button Box, thus adding one more iconic character to this already iconic town. Now, Richard Chizmar brings her back, taking us on a return trip to Castle Rock and into the world of the now older Gwendy, reuniting her with the button box, thus subjecting her to more questions, more decisions and ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was honestly so happy to be back in Castle Rock and reading more about Gwendy’s life. Richard Chizmar did an extraordinary job of jumping right back in to this small town and the continuing story of Gwendy’s life. He writes small towns so masterfully, as well as compelling plots and characters that feel like family, that it’s difficult to read his books slowly. You want to savor them but find out you’ve devoured the whole thing in one sitting. Which just lends to rereading and hopefully ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fans of Gwendy's Button Box, I don't think you'll be disappointed!

Many thanks to the publisher for my advance copy -- I am passing it around at work! This story is just as good as the previous installment, with frequent "Stephen King" vibes but a totally original story. Well done.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yup, I enjoyed that.
Gwendy is in good hands with Richard Chizmar.
The story wasn't what I expected, certain elements took a back seat and some new events have left more questions than answers.
Still, great little story.
Eddie Generous
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Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved visiting with the now grown up Gwendy again Richard Chizmar was flawless in telling her new story Stephen King must be so proud!
Becky Spratford
Review on the blog and in the Sept 1, 2019 issue of Booklist Magazine:

Three Words That Describe This Book: compelling, eerie, sympathetic heroine
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I was 17 going on 18 on New Year's Eve 1999. Panic about the Y2K bug was at an all-time high, but I was tech-savvy enough not to worry about it. I'd been toying with computers all my life, and programming them since age 10. I was (ahem) 99% sure the world's computers would not crash and bring the global economy to its knees.

Still, I knew what it was like to be scared. People were panicking: They wanted to empty bank accounts and stuff their money under mattresses. I remember a few students
Andy Burns
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
(This review was first published at

Imagine getting to creatively work in the playground of one of your heroes? For New York Times bestselling author Richard Chizmar, that’s what happened in 2017 when he Stephen King co-wrote the novella Gwendy’s Button Box. Not only was Chizmar collaborating with a legend, but their story was set in King’s infamous literary locale, Castle Rock, Maine, where books including The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Dark Half, and Needful Things take place. The duo
Stan Tehee
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
With co-written books I always wonder just how that joint writing effort works. In the foreword to this book, King lays out the process by which he and Chizmar wrote its predecessor, Gwendy's Button Box. It would have been nice to include that in the earlier book. In case there is any need for clarification, Stephen King is not an author of this sequel. Despite this, his name appears twice on the front cover. It's entirely legitimate that he gets credit, as this book would not exist without him, ...more
Cal Brunsdon
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
This wasn’t very good. Nothing particularly interesting or relevant happened, the magic of the button box (let alone the feather), was barely touched upon, and the “climax” to the action all happened OFF SCREEN! What the fuck, Chizmar?

Plot-wise, it’s pretty thin: Gwendy is in her thirties now, working in Washington and has inexplicably won an Academy Award (which made me LOL), and she heads home to Castle Rock for Christmas. Here she meets Norris Ridgewick (remember him, gang?) and discovers
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gwendy's mysterious button box has come back, and complete even more questions and awe! I loved Gwendy's Button Box and didn't know how Richard Chizmar would be able to top it, but he has outdone himself and left me pleasantly surprised! Once again, Chizmar has managed to create a master eerie story, all while keeping his usual direct, detailed, and precised unique form of story telling. His clean, crisp method isn't something one would expect in the genre, but he really manages to pull it off ...more
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