The first two stories in this collection of the wizarding world invoked the theme of kindness in magic and power in magic while the next three story reviews bring forth a more grounded human perspective about finding one’s place in the world, earning a day’s meal, seeking acceptance, desiring more from life than ordinary and creating life itself.
These stories bring human perspective in the world of magic and make you feel as these imaginary characters aren’t all that different from us earthlings.
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I have little thoughts on this story written by Mary Roseblum. Not my favorite from the lot, the story ‘Color Vision’ made an impact of its own in bringing the evils of the magical world to the forefront along with the power of non magical being. In this story exists a glimpse of humans’ (non magical ones) inquisitiveness with magic. It is portrayed through the character of Jeremy who helps his friend Melanie despite him not being a part of her world.
The lead, Melanie is first born who saves her friend, Cris, another first born from an evil man, Zoron who wants to absorb the powers of all first borns in order to be a supreme power being. While the characters deal with the big bad evil lurking in their lives, each of them also face their personal issues (like not fitting in, feeling alone, family issues and such) which makes them relate-able. Despite all the positives in the story, it did not work for me. Why?
The story was from the perspective of Melanie whose thoughts and way of thinking jumps from one place to another too quickly, giving me little to no room for adjustment. Most of the times, her thoughts and feelings would transport to a different time and place from the scene of action, creating a sense of incompleteness and randomness. Things do come to a neat end but the story tempts one to skip it instead of devour it.
The Ruby Incomparable
There are tales that often start with ‘Once upon a time’ giving the readers a feel of some far away land you could only hope to reach in your dreams. The Ruby Incomparable by Kage Baker is a story of an inquisitive girl who seeks ‘power’ though immense knowledge and mastery.
The third of the fourteen siblings born to the Lord of Mountains and the Saint of the World, Svnae is beautiful daughter with extraordinary features and mind to go along. Seeking power since the age to three, the girl learns many ways of the magic world like flying, talking to the birds, language of water and many more mystical arts that the world has to offer. Her hunger for the next adventure eventually leads her away from home and into a cradle of the world. As the story progresses, Svnae finds ‘power’ in giving birth and realizes the astonishing truth that the mother she never got along with might have to be her final teacher in order to understand motherhood herself.
What surprises me in this story is the unexpected ending which through the magical tales reveal that the biggest magic in the world cannot compare to the simple magic of creating life and living a life of a mother. But beware, for some of you it can be a let-down ending as the high of magic in this story is something to marvel over.
While that may be the end, the lesson or core of the story lies in a person’s individuality: ‘Parents might have dreams of passing their love and knowledge of the world to their children but the children themselves have a separate identity and personality that needs to soar, away from the dreams of their parents, in order to create their own world.’
A Fowl Tale
This story of an exotic parrot (talking one) is comparably short from others that preceded it but an interesting one nonetheless.
In the land of kings where a meal for travelers is earned at the cost of an interesting tale, Eoin Colfer creates the story of a parrot who pretends to be a royal dove and spins a story. The creature interests the court with how he turns from a prince to a dove with The Karma Stone. In the end, his tale is proven false as the said prince is present in the room and indicates to eating the bird itself as a result of its False stories. The story ends without the answer if the bird really became a meal, earned one or flew away in its own rescue?
What gets my heart in the story is the disappointing fate of the bird which did not realize the value of it’s real origin, for it could have given a true tale of its former master and earned a decent meal itself. But irrespective of the ending, the story is a fine piece in regard of wits.
The stories of the Wizard collection are each a surprise burst of magic, different from others.
Ruby Incomparable is my favorite out of the three stories today for the way it was written and woven and for its surprise ending. The Foul tale is a comical account of the bird but if you are in your teens, Color Vision is probably going to be your thing. Let me know which of these you enjoyed the most and stay hooked for the next review in this series.