Books by Alma Alexander

WORLDWEAVERS by Alma Alexander
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2009

Thea Winthrop returns to the Wandless Academy in the fall and is drawn immediately into another adventure when the Federal Bureau of Magic asks for help. She and her friends discover that a mysterious cube contains the personality and powers of an elemental mage. Their efforts to save him from hostile forces propel the story. The fast-paced plot and nonstop suspense are enhanced by Thea's growth into a stronger mage and warier person—changes precipitated by the betrayal of her trust by the FBM and her enlisting an acerbic, very smart Wandless student as an advisor. The climax and resolution, which involve both the alien Alphiri and mythical beings from the Earth's past, demand a strong suspension of disbelief but do provide reader satisfaction. Recurrent characters and settings provide a satisfactory link among volumes of the trilogy (Worldweavers: Spellspam, 2008) but don't make this one work as a stand-alone novel. Buy it to keep the fans happy. (Fantasy. 12 & up)Read full book review >
SPELLSPAM by Alma Alexander
FANTASY
Released: March 11, 2008

From the very first page, this second in the Worldweavers series grabs the reader's attention. The text doesn't let up, continuing to pump up the interest level with exciting plot turns and surprising revelations about the political and magical makeup of the novel's world. Thea and her friends, still students at the academy for the (ostensibly) magically challenged, join in the hunt for a rogue mage. This evil innovator uses e-mail to deliver spells that progress from frightening practical jokes to highly malicious mischief. Thea, always highly intelligent, has grown more confident and powerful in this outing, and—signal mega teen-appeal—is the only human who can save the world. The fantasy/science-fiction mix produces some enjoyable concoctions, such as a disembodied villain, scheming malevolent aliens, a universal computer network and a psychically attuned house grown from a seed created by Nikola Tesla. Characters are, again, subordinate to the escalating tension. Able to stand on its own merits, this book's energetic plot, well-integrated back story and teen characters will make fans very happy and bring new readers under the series' spell. (Fantasy. Ages 13-16)Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2007

Try to imagine Carlos Castaneda's mythos meeting Orson Scott Card's Tales of Alvin Maker(with the substitution of a depressed adolescent female protagonist), and you'll have a feel for this fantasy stew. Teenaged Thea, scion of a family of mages, shows no sign of mystical ability and is transported to a distant time and dimension for training by Native American avatars—a spiritual warrior and Grandmother Spider, the world's weaver. Several subplots involving Thea's family and the backgrounds of her friends at a school for the magically challenged supplement the complex main plot—which remains obscure until the last third of the book. Cardboard adult characters are predominately unhelpful; only the mythic characters (both human and animal) support the teenager emotionally and magically. The plot is suspenseful and engrossing with likable teen characters having to save the world from a mysterious entity introduced by greedy aliens. The combination of suspense, magic and teen angst will appeal to young-adult fans of Isobel Bird's Circle of Three series and Tamara Pierce's Circle of Magic books. (Fantasy. 13-16)Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF JIN-SHEI by Alma Alexander
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 27, 2004

"Full indeed, and yet, even so, more episodic than epic."
In a mythical Chinese kingdom, members of an ancient sisterhood fight, die, and practice sorcery for one another as they struggle to survive. Read full book review >