The Most Magical and Enthralling Installment | Review: Magic Required by Obert Skye

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Wizard for Hire fans, assemble! Book three is just about a month away and it's the best installment of the series. Obert Skye truly saved the best for last. That's right, Magic Required is ALMOST HERE. (Internal squeals.)

by Obert Sky
When Ozzy’s scientist parents are kidnapped, he responds to a classified ad in the local newspaper and hires a “wizard” named Rin who claims that his magic is real, but Ozzy isn’t convinced.

In the final book of the Wizard for Hire trilogy, Ozzy and his friend (and Rin’s daughter), Sigi, are in danger. They are still being hunted by Ray, the power-mad villain who will stop at nothing to find the formula to the mind-controlling discipline serum—one that Ozzy’s parents created and injected into him.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead, Rin introduces Ozzy to four more friends who also claim magical, wizard-like abilities. Again, Ozzy has no reason to believe that magic exists or that Rin’s eccentric friends can help.

With the injection of the mind-controlling  serum, Ozzy is learning  to control the minds of animals as well as people. His new powers make him wonder if magic is necessary. Rin says believing is key to seeing the magic all around us, but Ozzy isn’t so sure anymore.  

Rin, Ozzy, and Sigi must act quickly, as the minds and free will of all mankind are in danger of being controlled by whoever controls the serum. The wild ride plays out in a nonstop, nail-biting battle at a popular fantasy convention.

In this series finale, Ozzy will find out if his kidnapped parents are still alive, and he’ll discover that real friends are like magic: they make the impossible, possible.    

Magic Required by Obert Skye
Rating: ★★★★★
As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my participation in the blog tour/my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

W-O-W. Okay, I'm trying my absolute best to keep this review spoiler free but: YES. So much yes in the general direction of Magic Required. Oh my goodness, this series has been an absolute joy and a total bright spot in my reading experience the last few years. 

Wizard for Hire is exactly that type of magical series that I wish I had read as a kid because it would have been all the more impactful on my mind then. Still, words can't do this series justice. Know this: Ozzy has earned his shelf space amongst Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. He stands out as his own person, and this series stands out as it own world, but I have a feeling that in the years to come this trilogy will be truly beloved. 

This is one of those stories that just clicks with anyone who adores magic--Obert Skye created a truly special story and world for his young readers; opening the doors to the gift that is reading.  

Going into Magic Required, I wasn't all that certain about what I wanted to see as a conclusion to such a captivating series. I knew, however, that it would be not unlike saying goodbye to an old friend or a childhood hero. Now, hours after finishing, I couldn't see it ending any other way that it has. Skye has crafted the perfect ending for the story--and we've finally got the answers we'd been longing for since Wizard for Hire.

Sincerely, I applaud Obert Skye for not only the phenomenal world building and magic we've been living in since book one, but for penning the perfect conclusion to an already delightful series. The story's central arches have all wrapped up and made for a truly entertaining, definitive ending. I already miss Ozzy and co., but I'm so glad to see how the story ended.

In short? Reading Magic Required elicited many emotions from me. At times it felt a bit like I'd been reliving those early days of reading; tucked in bed, glasses off, reading light on, as the outside world melted away. The books themselves are fast and compelling, an adventure in their own right, and remind us why we read.

One could easily get lost in the Wizard for Hire world. Before you know it, hours have passed, and you feel the energy of Skye's prose coursing through your veins.  If you've yet to tackle the Wizard for Hire trilogy, now is the perfect time to binge read and dive on in. I promise you guys: it is worth it. And you're in for a real treat.

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