Magic Below by Laura J. Burns
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Zerie and her friends are with Princess Ozma and are completely confused on who to trust. Each girl must get inside Glinda the Good’s palace, but a different way. Zerie must travel through water, Vashti must travel by land and Tabitha must reach the palace by air. Although Zerie is transformed into a mermaid for her journey, she must still overcome a series of obstacles and learn to adjust to this entirely different world. During all of this, Brink is being held captive inside Glinda the Good’s palace and he has the added challenge of believing the girls are in a greater danger than him.
Magic Below is the second book in the Bewitched in Oz series. This is a short book that reads even more quickly than may be expected and as the reader approaches the end of the pages it is easy to see that more books are needed to get to the end of the saga. The majority of the story is told from Zerie’s point of view with a few chapters about Brink thrown into the mix. Unfortunately, Vashti’s and Tabitha’s stories are not brought back in until the penultimate chapter and readers are still left wondering what they were doing during this three day time period. I can’t find any information about the next books in the series, so we will all have to wait and see if Burns tells the other two stories or just continues with the adventure. Magic Below could have been a 4-star book if the story was longer so that it didn’t feel as if everything wrapped up quickly and neatly.
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