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The Magician's Apprentice

by Kate Banks

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A bit odd and slow, but kind of pretty.
  mateideyr | Jul 17, 2015 |
A very long, boring story that shoves religious philosophy down your throat. ( )
  TheHeathers | Feb 20, 2013 |
The title of this book was at first deceiving to me. I was expecting a fantasy of magic, about a boy who is apprenticed to a magician. Instead, the novel tells of a boy's spiritual journey in an Asian-like land. At 16, Baz leaves his family home like his brothers before him, to seek adventure and fortune. The nameless man who carries him from home on the back of his beloved horse, Melesh, is kind and gives him a cryptic message from "the birds, the trees, the wind," even his horse: "You will follow the light." He takes Baz to a weaver and leaves. "The Master" has several boys working for him, but Baz quickly learns his cruelty. He uses a whip on the boys and keeps them half-starved. Baz learns to weave well-enough, but realizes it is not his true passion or skill. He makes a friends in Dagar, a true weaver, and a little dog he names Blink. One day, Dagar becomes ill. The cruel Master takes him away and Dagar never returns. Then the Master whips Blink almost to death. Baz, realizing the dog won't recover, steals the Master's gun to end Blink's suffering, then returns the gun. The Master finds out and praises Baz for the killing. He takes him to the village to sell him as a soldier. Baz is traded to a Magician for his sword. The Magician performs simple tricks - illusions, he calls them - to earn a few coins. All he owns is a small cart he pulls behind him in his travels. Baz follows Tadis, realizing he has few other choices in this unknown land.
Tadis is kind and wise, teaching Baz by example and with riddles. Baz is sometimes frustrated by these teachings, but is happy enough to follow the Magician. Over time, he begins to understand and like Tadis' ways. He meets other people, but mostly travels with Tadis, leanring the ways of the land, of his mind, of dreams and illusions.
In many ways, this is a quiet story where not much seems to happen, but as Tadis always says, something is always happening. I will follow Baz again on his journey to glean more insights into the story and myself. I am grateful for Kate Banks' illuminating writing. ( )
  bookwren | Jan 12, 2013 |
Not so much magic,
But dreams and philosophy.
Boy seeks destiny.
  librarianlk | Jan 11, 2013 |
As sixteen-year-old Baz leaves his village for the first time, he thinks his dream of adventuring to new places and seeing the world has finally come true. But he finds himself forced to work for a cruel master who makes his laborers weave tapestries all day in the terrible heat with little to eat. Tired of his rebellion, the master sells the boy to a warrior and Baz believes his fate is sealed. But the warrior is not all that he seems. He teaches Baz that the world is full of secrets and possession is an illusion. Kate Banks' young adult novel is permeated with rich imagery of a Middle Eastern landscape, but her under-developed characters do not share the depth of her lush forests and barren deserts. The language is advanced for the recommended ages, but Peter Sis' simple pointillism illustrations confuses - is this an advanced picture book or a childish YA novel? Grades 6-8. ( )
  sroslund | Oct 8, 2012 |
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Baz quietly said his own prayers, recalling each of his family and his precious friends. He felt that when he prayed he was speaking to them, and he always wondered if they could hear him. (p. 101)
"We are all heading toward the same destination," Tadis said. "That is the least significant. What is most interesting is our journey. When you come to see this, then you've learned real magic."
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When sixteen-year-old Baz becomes apprentice to a powerful but kind magician, he makes a long journey across the desert and into the mountains, ultimately discovering himself by learning to dispel illusions.

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