In the conclusion of the three-volume time travel sequence, Jonathan Shade is sent back to 1926 to kill an upstart wizard named Henry Winslow. Henry wants to die because in order to achieve his goal of immortality, he must first achieve resurrection.
Jonathan Shade and Kelly Chan are part of a larger plan playing out across time, and while Henry Winslow is a major player, there's someone else acting as the mastermind, and his name is Jonathan Shade.
Shade's plan relies on changing the way things happened in the 1920s...but if things change too much, there won't be a future to which any of them can return.
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"Magic. You gotta love it!"
For a wizard with no magic of his own (other than that of being impervious to the magic of other people), Jonathan Shade really gets about a bit. Currently stuck in1926 at the grand old age of 85 (as he says, "Getting old sucks, and not in a good way"),, he still has to perform his mission, the destruction of the would-be immortal. Of course, this is complicated by his having brought up Henry like his own son ...
But help, of a kind, is at hand in the form of a youthful Jonathan and some of the gang, including Kelly, arriving back in time to accomplish the actual murder. Yes, it does help to have read the two preceding books in.this time travelling trilogy within the Jonathan Shade series, but not essential: the twists and turns might be mind bogglingly elaborate but it's such a fun story it is easy just to go along with the plot without trying to test the theories.
As with the previous Shade books, the dialogue is tight, often funny, lots of memorable one liners and the characterisations are good. This time the story is recounted entirely in the first person, again, from the point of view of Jonathan Eaton, the name Shade the older is using during his prolonged stay in his past. As always, Joe Hempel is Shade, slick talking, quick thinking and devious: his narration is perfection. Could have been tricky having to voice two Jonathan's, but Mr.Hempel overcomes this effortlessly, somehow differentiating between the two whilst still maintaining the voice of Jonathan for both. So impressive.
This is such a fun series, I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who enjoys thrills and spills and a tiny touch of magic with their action. A big thank you to the rights holder who gifted me a copy of Wizard's Nocturn, via Audiobook Boom. It certainly brought some extra magic into my life. Hope there is more to come ...
- Norma Miles
A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE SERIES
As always Gary provides a great story with plenty of laughs
This is a welcome continuation of the series
- Mr. R. Esdaile