The Wand

The Madigan Chronicles Book 3

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
327 Pages
Reviewed on 03/14/2022
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

The Wand by Marieke Lexmond is book three of The Madigan Chronicles. The drama around this magical family unfolds with more chaos that includes love potions, fairies, agendas, and fracturing relationships. It's time to choose the next Guardian of the Wand of Wisdom and Tara has already made her choice but circumstances that unfold could change her decision. Ceri thought she had the ideal life with her husband and children but Fairy and her role as Keeper of the Land keep drawing her back and pulling her from what it means to be human. The decision she makes for her future could unravel the life she has and divide her family while allowing her to start a new life, which pushes her daughter away and into the trust of Queen Mab. She's not the only member of the family facing a turning point. Maeve must face the trauma from her past in order to embrace her future while her twin sister faces her guilt for leaving years ago and her decision to take on significant responsibility. Meanwhile, Lucy has her own problems when she reaches out to her son Set for help, which puts a plan into motion that will have devastating repercussions that coincide with her grandson's search for his place in the family.

The story weaves between the perspectives of various members of this family and the drama that enters their lives primarily through the magical elements. The family drama reflects the dynamics of a real family with butting heads, divorce, affairs, and miscommunication, though with the added mix of fairies, love potions, and magic. Each family member has their own journey that coincides and draws them together as they must rely on each other for support, love, and help. These relationships also drive a majority of the drama that moves the story forward. The choice of the next Guardian of the Wand of Wisdom simmers in the background of the story and the striving to obtain power. Stunning tarot cards are incorporated throughout with vivid images that feature a variety of animals. These provide backdrops to the story with the meaning of the cards providing a foreshadowing of how each section unfolds. Several locations are seen throughout as the story weaves between the characters and uses the locations as poignant elements in their lives such as Fairy, New Orleans (the family shop, Under the Witches Hat), Nevada Desert, Big Sur, and the Astral Plane. These create a background to a story that dips between a human world and a fairy one with magical elements blended into both. The Wand by Marieke Lexmond is a family drama with a variety of voices that explore self-discovery, empowerment, growth, magic, and relationships.

Pikasho Deka

The Wand is the third book in The Madigan Chronicles by Marieke Lexmond. Tara -- the matriarch of the Madigan family --relinquishes her Guardianship of the Wand of Wisdom to her granddaughter Bridget, much to the chagrin of Bridget and Tara's daughters, Luna and Freya. Meanwhile, Bridget's twin sister Maeve still struggles with her identity as a Siren due to an underlying childhood incident that haunts her to this very day. In the land of Fairy, Tara's daughter Ceri reluctantly resumes her responsibilities as the Keeper of the Land while her daughter Emily finds herself seduced by the false promises of Mab, the Queen of Fairy. Additionally, both Mab and the Lockwoods want to get their hands on the Dagger of Consciousness, an elemental object. Can the Madigans prevent that?

Filled with magic, mystery, and a heavy dose of family drama, The Wand from The Madigan Chronicles is a wild rollercoaster of a ride you don't want to get off. Author Marieke Lexmond weaves an intricate yarn set in a meticulously crafted world that hooks you in from the first page and refuses to let go until the end. Despite the large cast, each character has their own agency in their actions. They are driven by their own varied motives that create a captivating dynamic within the narrative, keeping you immersed in the story. The plot moves quickly, with unexpected twists and turns you never see coming. If fast-paced urban fantasy is your favorite pastime, The Wand from The Madigan Chronicles is right up your alley.

Kristine Zimmerman

The Wand by Marieke Lexmond is the third book in The Madigan Chronicles. The Madigans are a large extended family of witches. Their family has intermingled with fairies, demons, and merpeople through the years. The Wand continues the family's story primarily focusing on twin sisters Bridget and Maeve. The sisters are each coming to terms with their magic and powers. Their grandmother, Tara, and her identical twin, Lucy, are at odds. Lucy and her grandchildren are headed to her estranged son Set's home. She is hoping to enlist him in her quest to get back the dagger stolen from her by her sister. Tara's daughter, Ceri, is coming to terms with the fact that she is part fairy and is beginning to take her rightful place in that land. All these strands of the family are intertwined with each other to make a fascinating read.

I read The Wand not having read the first two books in this series. Marieke Lexmond has done a great job of providing enough information in the first few chapters so that I was able to become fully involved with her many characters. Lexmond's characters are well-rounded and very memorable. Each chapter is illustrated with a tarot card beautifully rendered in black and white by Nicole Ruijgrok. Lexmond's story is filled with action, suspense, and heartfelt emotion. She has done a marvelous job of weaving together the various characters' stories into a complete whole. The Wand is a spellbinding story that is sure to enthrall fans of magical realism.

Stephanie Cecchini

This series is magic! I can't put them down! My favorite me time escape! LOVE