The Magician’s Key

The Secrets of the Pied Piper, #2

Written by Matthew Cody

When Max and Carter are taken by the Pied Piper they discover the magical land of Summer Isle, where the children of Hamelin the Piper had stolen so long ago still live. But in their journey to free them, only Max makes it back, and when she does, she learns her parents have mysteriously disappeared. Now she must find a way to get back to Summer Isle, find her parents and rescue her brother. “To do so, she must find the one and only key to the Summer Isle. That key is controlled by Vodnik, a dastardly magician and soul stealer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.” (book cover) And Carter, her little brother, must overcome his troubles, cut off from Max and his friends. His only companion in Summer Isle is the untrustworthy Pied Piper himself. Will Max and Carter be reunited along with their parents? Will a way be found to finally send the stolen children back home? Find out when you read, The Magician’s Key, book 2 in the Secrets of the Pied Piper trilogy. This trilogy is a favorite of mine. I loved the first book. The Peddler’s Road, and couldn’t wait to read the next one. I was not disappointed! This book picks up where the first left off and immediately throws the reader into the action and suspense. The story is so engaging and well written. I could visualize it so perfectly in my mind, I felt I was right in the midst of the story myself. The characters are a wonderful blend of the realistic, fantastical and unique, and are well written as well. The sinister Vodnik and Grannie Yaga, the lovable and loyal Bandybulb, the shy giant trollson Harold, the warrior Leetha, as well as Max and Carter and all the others are some of the best I’ve ever read. I really love this fantasy trilogy. I will try to patiently wait for book 3, hopefully coming out this time next year!

Review by Renee Larsen, Hillside Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

The Secrets of the Pied Piper, #2
The Magician’s Key
Written by Matthew Cody
Alfred A. Knopf
318 pages
Release Date: November 8, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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