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I loved this book!It was very like a bunch of other books I loved.A store comes to town and kids start to do magic tricks,then it's not just tricks.There is an ancient evil beneath the town and a few are chosen to fight it.David Stifel was a very good narrator.A great read!“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Citrus Glade is a little small town with a great past but a bleak present and future. Lyle Miller arrives in town and opens a mysterious magic shop, which appears to be almost empty, but just has the necessary item on display when the right visitor arrives. Four boys purchase there different items, without knowing that they are getting much more than what they think, since they will be part of an evil plan crafted by Lyle.
I have to say that I expected more from this book. The premises were interesting enough but the lack of character development and background stories made me lose interest. It is clear that Lyle is a very old evil being, since we get a couple of glimpses about his past hear and there, but not really enough to make him a solid character. The most developed characters were the four boys, victims of Lyle, but even like that they were two dimensional. The rest of characters were likable but mere drafts. Their actions were expected.
All in all, despite these minor issues, it was an enjoyable story, a bit long winded for my liking, but an easy and entertaining listen. David Stifel, its narrator was the best part of this audiobook. More than just reading, he is a great story teller, creating a special atmosphere and unique character interpretations. Just only because of the narration, this audiobook is worth the listen.
I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.