Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch
Summary: Glenn’s father finally finishes the project he’s been working on for ages when he is arrested by government officials. Glenn is left with the finished product, a bracelet with a glowing red jewel. The bracelet allows Glenn to cross the rift between her world and the world that exists beyond the forest. It is also a piece of technology that the rulers of both worlds would kill to possess.
My thoughts: This is going to be a bit of an odd review, because although I consider Magisterium to be a good novel, I didn’t enjoy it in the slightest.
Let’s break it down:
Magisterium is intensely creative; the concept of two worlds bound by different rules of nature/physics is brilliant. This is an idea that makes a whole bunch of sense, and yet it something I never would have come up with on my own. Jeff Hirsch has a great mind, I can tell.
Magisterium is very fast paced, making for a book that can be read in one sitting. The suspense is there, and so is the action.
I never found myself caring. I’m not sure why. Part of it could be the third person narration, which doesn’t allow for us to really connect with any of the characters. Part of it could be the quickness of the story, which never stops for the reader to absorb and appreciate the details.
For all intents and purposes, I should have enjoyed Magisterium, because I love Jeff Hirsch’s concept, and because I think the story is fleshed out nicely. But somehow, I just couldn’t bring myself to connect—I read Magisterium with vague attentiveness, skimming the pages.
A fantastic overall concept
+ lackluster characters
+ a lack of ability to grasp the reader
= Magisterium, a so-so read.
For those who like: fantasy, adventure
Find the author at jeff-hirsch.com
Comment question: What’s the last book you just couldn’t get into?