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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.