Maurpikios Fiddler: The Magical Amethyst of Spes

Book II- Hope

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
392 Pages
Reviewed on 11/24/2014
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Author Biography

M. J. Logan resides in the Southeastern region of the U.S. Logan's doctoral education was earned at a major university in the Southeast as well. Logan has two boys and has been happily married for over 13 years. Most recent service was in academia as a college professor. Logan is an avid reader, has a love for fantasy, and 20 years in health care, spending much time working with youth ranging from five years old to young adult. Recent personal tragedy steered Logan toward the fight against childhood cancer, and henceforth the birth a new kind of magical hero- Maurpikios Fiddler.

Dr. Logan boasts accolades and accomplishments in healthcare as well as in academia, with a first love of creative writing and encouraging the creativity and imaginations of children. Logan's favorite charity is Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee. There are a list of writing credits related to academic studies and practices, yet this is a debut work in the realm of fiction. The Maurpikios Fiddler series is to be rolled out over the next few years to begin a new journey for the next generation of fantasy lovers.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Maurpikios Fiddler: The Magical Amethyst of Spes is the second installment of a fantasy series by M.J. Logan. In the first book, The True Meaning of Magic, readers are introduced to young Maurpikios Fiddler with a mission to save his own life and those of his friends, while struggling against the dark forces that threaten the peaceful bond between magical and non-magical communities. In Book Two, it’s been a year after Maurpikios and his friends’ first quest. They have conquered their battle against cancer, and acquired the first of the seven stones of Saint Juliana’s. Unfortunately, another foe has awakened, so once again Maurpikios and the warriors of Saint Juliana's are needed to restore hope and peace to the world.

The continuation of the story did not disappoint me. Logan's prose is eloquent as ever, if not better. I had the pleasure of reading this together with my nephew. At more than 300 pages, The Magical Amethyst of Spes is a fairly quick read because at the end of each chapter, my nephew kept saying, “Just one more chapter”. We both love the illustrations in the book – kudos to illustrator Samaree’ Ashford. Part of the satisfaction with this story is the surprises that get handed to you even though the theme is a familiar one. Apparently this series is targeted at young readers; nevertheless, a great story is a great story. Overall, if you have or know of children who enjoy reading about magic and adventure, they are sure to enjoy this immensely.