Wizard for Hire by Obert Skye
Shadow Mountain, 2018, 410 pages
Trigger Warnings: N/A
About the Author: Obert Skye read his first book at age two. He wrote his first story at age four. And he was nearly trampled by a herd of water buffalo at age six. For a short time, he lived on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, where he spent time as a candy-taster. Several years ago, Obert Skye says, he discovered the existence of Foo. Publishing his story as a fictional series was not Obert’s first choice. Nevertheless he is content that the “history” is being told.
“There is magic in the force of gravity, magic in the mail system, and magic in the construction of pipes that provide water to stand under. When the time comes to use the kind of magic that books and movies fill people’s heads with, you’ll see it. And it will be that much more powerful because of the deft touch with which it was used.”
Seven years ago, Ozzy’s parents were kidnapped. He doesn’t know why, but at the prompting of his best friend—a mechanical raven named Clark—Ozzy is finally ready to find out. But to do that, he needs to leave the cloaked house in the woods that he’s been living alone in ever since his parents were taken. School is the first best step in learning anything so that’s where they start, but luckily for Ozzy, he’s about to stumble across a very important newspaper ad: Wizard for Hire. Not knowing what else to do, but respecting the power of wizards, Ozzy calls 555-SPEL for help.
The best food for wizards are breakfast and Zebra cakes so make sure to grab a lot before joining Ozzy, Clark, Labyrinth, and Sigi as they utilize all the magic at their disposal to find Ozzy’s parents. But beware, sometimes the truth hurts more than not knowing at all.
PRR editor and writer, Cheyenne Lopex
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