Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The adventures of an American hacker in Medieval England continue as Martin Banks takes his next step on the journey toward mastering his reality-altering powers and fulfilling his destiny.
A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn’t be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.
Thankfully, Martin and Philip are invited to a summit in Atlantis for all of the leaders of the time-traveler colonies, and now Martin thinks this will be a chance to try again with Gwen. Of course, this is Martin Banks we’re talking about, so murder, mystery, and high intrigue all get in the way of a guy who just wants one more shot to get the girl.
The follow-up to the hilarious Off to Be the Wizard, Scott Meyer’s Spell or High Water proves that no matter what powers you have over time and space, you can’t control rotten luck.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 9 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 17, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #6,574 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#89 in Humorous Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#90 in Contemporary Fantasy
#242 in Adventure Science Fiction
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I was disappointed, though, by the resolutions of the different plots presented in this novel. Everything came together to quickly and neatly compared to the build-up which was the majority of the book. That being said, though, I don't think there could have truly been any better conclusions. The epilogues were also really cute and well worth getting through the rest of the book.
I will be going on to read the next installment of the series. Magic 2.0 is really a fun and light-hearted series to get into when you just need a light read and a little break from everything else, and I totally recommend that for anyone.
I also listened to part of this as an audiobook and Luke Daniels did a marvelous job as narrator. His voice selections for the characters, from Phillip's deep blustering voice to Martin's tendency to become almost childlike when excited to the differentiation between Brit the Younger and Brit the Elder even while they had the same voice, were amazing.
Honestly, my assessment was spot on. This book is fun. It's good. I laughed and grinned and generally enjoyed myself throughout the story. Even more, the time travel elements are done well--and are used to pose some interesting questions.
That being said, the story isn't much more than that, at least not for me. There is some light social commentary mixed in and some plot elements that, at times, feel unnecessary, but in the end, it's amusing. And if that's what you're looking for, some light fantasy fun, then this is a great book to fit that bill.
By Liz in Az on September 7, 2019
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Spell or High Water is...exactly as good as the first book. Largely because it's exactly the same book as the first book! The gags are of a similar quality, the story is a reliable vehicle for those gags, and, perhaps even more so than in the first book, the relationships are lovingly handled. OK, you're not exactly going to come away feeling that these are 'real' people--they cast spells by saying, "Bamf" for crying out loud!--but the relationships between them can be genuinely touching. In fact, I think this book has one of my favourite love scenes ever written in it, because it manages to be sweet, funny, honest, but also classy (i.e., we don't actually have to watch it all happening).
As a whole package, then, the story is deftly put together. Meyer's imagination is on great form, the Atlantis sequence in particular was a new take on the old myth, but very in keeping with the rest of this world's mythos. And the twentieth-century story arc was so well executed that Meyer clearly had the whole series planned out before he even put pen to paper at the beginning of book one. I have a baaaaaad feeling about where things are going to go from here.
And of course, in a review context, baaaaaad means woo-hoo!
The other thing that really needs to be complimented is the cover art. It so perfectly matches the content of the book that I genuinely think the story would be somehow diminished without it. Not only does it sell the book, it represents it--and that is a feat that painfully few covers achieve. My hat's off to the artist.
So, all in all, I really loved Spell or High Water, just as I loved Off to be the Wizard. I've no doubt I'll enjoy the next book in the series, too.
First the good - if you enjoyed the first book there is nothing in the sequel that is going to spoil the series for you, it is largely more of the same in terms of style, plot and characterisation.
For me, I would say that is the main problem. The first book was fun as the premise and characters were novel, but by book two I felt it needed to branch off in some new directions or gain a layer or two of depth.
Instead, we get a society run by females that feels even less plausible than the men's mediaeval society. For example, there is a one-note joke about the women surrounding themselves with buff man-toys who spend their days looking pretty and having spa treatments, which fell rather flat for me the first time, let alone the tenth.
Then there is a mystery to solve, that is too reminiscent of the first book.
The magic system is expanded upon, and at least the women use it in more interesting ways than the men - but there are not really any ideas that thrilled me with their originality - if anything I found myself wondering why with almost limitless power they were so unimaginative.
The romance could have been the saving grace, as the main characters are likeable, but it felt clumsy rather than sweet to me.
A major time-travelling plot point is based around the character of Brit and this is quite interesting. The internal logic of the way time travelling operates isn't consistent though, which I found detracted from my enjoyment. I know it's first and foremost a comedy book, but I couldn't help but think "that's not right!" in a few places - maybe I'm overthinking it :-).
Finally, the brooding presence of book one's villain culminates in a somewhat muted finale, that I found unsatisfying. I'm guessing the author is setting things up for a more involved book three. Unfortunately, as is often the case, it's come at the cost of the second book feeling like a bit of a stop-gap.
In conclusion then, if, like me, you enjoyed the story and characters from the first book, check this out but don't expect too much from it. And let's hope for a much stronger book three!
Now it starts and throws you write in. The people of Atlantis (mainly the delegates and servants) are brilliant, and it doesn't stop once to go over stuff already said in the first book.
However, I do get the feeling that Atlantis was just a bright shiny show to distract you from the main event. It has a bit of a murder-mystery guide going on, and let's just say it's not something Sherlock would bother himself with. No, the true event is with a returning character, and I will say no more on them.
I do think it's a shame that I got distracted by the undercurrent, as the Atlantis bits a brilliant. The author didn't spend much time on the actual summit, but that's fine. Witty humour and dispute their obvious incompetence the villains are just so perfect.
Parting thoughts: read the first book to enjoy this one properly, like I said earlier, it builds on what was written before. A great read.
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