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So of course they decide to make dragons. It does not go well.
As the wizards struggle to control their creations and protect innocent citizens, they try new things (most of which they don't enjoy), meet new people (most of who are angry at them), and fight epic battles (most of which they lose).
But their biggest challenge may be a young girl who knows that the wizards created the dragons and is determined to make them pay. On her side she has powerful allies, a magical artifact, and a faithful if not particularly helpful dog.
Fight and Flight is a rollicking tale of bravery, wonder, love, revenge, greed, discovery, deception, and animal husbandry.
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By Virgil on 05-11-17
Major stumble in a great series
I love this series and have been looking forward to reading this book, but what a let down. No risk to anyone in the book, no real foreshadowing of danger, and no conflict other than some petty arguments. But what about the dragons? Oh, they can't actually do any damage. What about the incredibly dangerous solution to the dragons? Ya, we made everyone safe from being harmed by it and the risk never comes into play anyway. the book ends up wrapping things into a quasi morality lesson. The cliff hanger at the very end and the previous 3 books will bring me back after this miss.
I listened a second time just to make sure I wasn't to critical. There is some foreshadowing of the cliffhanger at the end, but it's very minimal. if you really strain you can read into some of the subtext which seems like a plan for the next book to explore the dichotomy of reality being true no matter how much you disagree with it and wizards who seem to have the power to alter reality, dealing with unintended consequences, and the fact the wizards aren't always conscious of how their time traveling ability can be used. Meyer has a great short story with the first few chapters, a couple of pages in the middle, and the ending. The rest just feels like filler, and was repeatedly frustrating to see how the wizards were trying to solve their problems. This book feels as if Meyer has a great plan for book 5 and he wanted Fight and Flight to set it up, thought, "hey, dragons are cool" but didn't put enough focus in book 4.
136 of 150 people found this review helpful
By Michael on 02-20-18
My favorite book in the series!
I was a bit apprehensive in purchasing this fourth installment in the Magic 2.0 series after reading the thumbs down reviews. I'm so glad that I did buy it and didn't go along with the rest of the herd. Haha! Read the book and you'll get the connection. The character Honor did nearly killed the book for me, but I stuck with it and was rewarded with some gut busting laughter as the wizard teams attempted to rein in their dragon flock. The storyline describes what would happen if Abbott and Costello, the 'Home Alone' burglars and the 'Three Stooges' went head to head with dragons. Mix in some 'Braveheart' adolescent squabbles and you have a laugh a minute. The narrator Luke Daniels is at his best in this series. The flavor and texture of his narration brings all of the characters to life. I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the next installment.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By J Breckenridge on 05-17-17
Is there anything you would change about this book?
where are all the past characters from the last 3 books? The story line was built up loads and could go in loads of ways but it all just stopped. The time line made no sense? how long after the events of Todd did this book happen?
For me it just seemed really out of place, like a short story that was rushed to fill a gap.
Has Fight and Flight put you off other books in this genre?
I am bu no means put off this genre or the Magic series, i was just disappointed by this story.
What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Everything, he makes this book what it is.
Was Fight and Flight worth the listening time?
I have to say no. I was very annoyed this was 3 times the amount of the past books and they were FAR better. this story just seemed very out of place.
Any additional comments?
I love the magic 2.0 series. the idea of the world being a simulation that only a few people have found out about is great. there are so many things that could have happened in this book to follow on from the past.
The book felt like it should have been 2/3 chapters and then the story with todd/jimmy was going to continue with other people from book 2 or something like that. Maybe this is what is going to happen but I did just feel odd.
The best part was the last paragraph... Brit and Brit... need i say more?
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
By Mr C. on 05-18-17
The weakest in the series so far.
Very much enjoyed the previous books, but this one far less so. There was no actual threat or peril throughout the story and some sections dragged on far too long. The performance was as good as ever though.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By Isaac Lee on 05-11-17
So much potential unrealised
I absolutely loved the first three books in this series. The author is genuinely funny and it comes through so often in the books. The plots were deep enough to maintain interest but light enough to be fun.
This book is not like the first three.
The characters are solid but the plot is weak. This book lacks what the first three had: genuinely new ideas wrapped into an interesting plot.
I love you Scott Meyer, but this is not your best work.
It's a sad thing when the most interesting thing that happens is on the last few pages of the book. I feel like there's a real story there.
I still give it three stars because of great characters, even if they went under-utilised.
If you loved Magic 2.0 so far, prepare for disappointment.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Jarryd on 10-13-17
A waste of a words.
Absolutely wonderful characters, with an excellent narrator in an interesting world full of quirks and mystery.
But the primary story is literally rounding up some animals. It could have had this as act 1 of the book, and things get out of hand leading to another pointless task and that would have been fun.
But it's been 9 hours of the same boring quest.
Why can't people go to the start of the simulation? Who is the most from the future, and why aren't there more wizards after them? What happens if a wizard duplicates their own entry? Can a wizard leave earth?
No, lets turn a plot point from book 3 into a whole pointless book. What a disappointing waste. I'm not going to bother finishing it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful