Dain, July 2003, 19.95, 320 pp.
Centuries ago, a wizard turned to the dark side of magick and gained many followers who rallied to his side when he battled his teacher and those who followed the light. The battle was fierce and many magickers on both sides died or fell into a long sleep waiting to be woken. Some magickers including the wizard who started the battle were thrown into the present and the pure magickers sought out youngsters in the present to defeat Brennard and his followers known and his followers known as the Dark Hand.
Jason is a junior high school student who is the hope of the Adult Magickers. They believe he has the power to open up the third gate that will send them into a world where they can find sanctuary and learn how to use their developing powers. Brennard and his son Jonnar, who is as evil and powerful as his father, want to win Jason to their side or kill him so he won't become a threat to them.
Move over Harry Potter, the Magickers are back and their story is as fascinating and fulfilling as any fantasy story can be. Jason is very young to have such a burden placed on him but with help from his fellow magickers, he rises to the occasion and demonstrates a maturity that most adults never achieve. Emily Drake is a powerful storyteller who gets her readers to believe in the Magickers and their powers.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner