Spell or High Water : Magic 2.0

  • by Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • Series: Magic 2.0
  • 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The adventures of an American hacker in Medieval England continue as Martin Banks takes his next step on the journey toward mastering his reality-altering powers and fulfilling his destiny.

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

Thankfully, Martin and Philip are invited to a summit in Atlantis for all of the leaders of the time-traveler colonies, and now Martin thinks this will be a chance to try again with Gwen. Of course, this is Martin Banks we're talking about, so murder, mystery, and high intrigue all get in the way of a guy who just wants one more shot to get the girl.

The follow-up to the hilarious Off to Be the Wizard, Scott Meyer's Spell or High Water proves that no matter what powers you have over time and space, you can't control rotten luck.


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Customer Reviews

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Fantastic: 2.0

I get nervous when I really love the first book in a series. Second installments run the risk of being boring, overly repetitive, or losing the thesis begun in the first work. My anxiety was, thankfully, unfounded. Martin, Gwen, and Phillip have returned, accompanied by a slew of new characters.

This installment flows incredibly well from book one. It does pick up almost exactly where the first left off, which was very well done. Old secondary characters are woven into the fabric, with new ones taking on the major plot lines. The whole thing is rather seamless, actually.

As expected, the book is full of pop culture and geek references- not quite as many as book one, but a number of spots made me rather happy. I repeat my inherent bias stated in my review of Book One: I am very much in Meyer's intended demographic with this book. If you aren't a member of the geeky/techie/1970s-1990s set, you probably won't dig this all that much. Who knows though.

I am rather surprised at some of the negative reviews, one in particular. I didn't think that the romantic parts were embarrassing or sophomoric in the least- I think they were actually pretty spot on for the characters. Certainly not as if a 12 year old girl wrote it. Unless, of course, as a 30 year old man I have the romantic maturity of a 12 year old girl- which I am certainly not discounting.

Luke Daniels did a great job with the narration once more. I laughed out loud a number of times and couldn't stop smiling. The only complaint I have was the book was over too fast for my taste, 12 hours isn't long enough to spend with Martin, Phillip, and Gwen.

I can't wait for book three. Hurry up, Scott.
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- Charlie


In the introduction, we are told that this is to be considered funny and light hearted and not to be taken serious. Which I believe is a great intro to this series. If your looking for some serious Science Fiction or Fantasy, for something dark or mentally challenging, than your in the wrong place. This is the second book in the series and you will be lost if you do not start with the first most excellent book (OFF TO BE THE WIZARD).

While I did not enjoy this as well as the first book, (which is not unusual for any series), I still enjoyed it and it was well worth my credit. In places it is extremely funny. Most of the book takes place in Atlantis, which is a pretty cool place to begin with, especially since it is a society run by women. The male attendants are especially funny. I will say that they stayed in Atlantis too long and the whole plot there started to wear thin. That is after several very funny chapters, though. The whole thing with the Brits also got a little old.

The side story involving an exiled magician and the FBI agents, turned out to be some of the funniest stuff in the book. Agent Miller is hilarious. I already have book three in my library and I am looking forward to listening to it.

Luke Daniels does a fantastic job. He makes the listening of this ten times better than the reading of this.

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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-17-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio