Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
Witch and Wizard is the first novel in the same titled series. It was released in 2009 and is followed by Witch and Wizard - The Gift (Nov 2010). A comic book range also supplements the series, the first book in that series is Witch and Wizard - Battle for Shadowlands (Oct 2010) and in a recent video clip James Patterson confirmed there is a movie of the series being made.
Witch and Wizard centres around two main characters, a brother and sister, Whit and Wisty who live in a dystopian world where use of magic is banned by The One who is The One and is punishable by death. Whit and Wisty have never used magic but they are woken from their sleep in the middle of the night and imprisoned as magic users, which carries a fatal sentence if proven. They are allowed a keepsake from home and their parents give them two seemingly useless items, the significance of these only revealed when Whit and Wisty find out that their parents have also been imprisoned and they decide to risk their lives and escape so that they can rescue their parents from their terrible fate.
Witch and Wizard was a fast read with a plot that rips along at a good pace. The overall story is compelling and pulls the reader in quickly. The characters are easy to identify with and their motivations clear. The settings and situations are well described and suitably bleak and foreboding. There's plenty of perilous encounters and action packed magical battle scenes to encourage the more reluctant reader.
I liked the ideas within this book, and the use of bleak imagery especially within the prison setting. There were some really quite striking images created by some of the battle scenes that I can see will translate easily into the movie that's in progress.
But, sadly, for my first James Patterson novel I felt a bit let down, having heard so much about his ability to weave very intricate plots and well developed characters I found little to substantiate those reviews. The book is aimed at the YA market, which is a field that I read a lot of books from, but this book I felt 'talked down' to the reader in several places, it's set with unusually large text too, which I feel was to make the book appear longer than it really is, which is a notion I felt supported by the gratuitous amount of advertisement pages at the end. The biggest negative for this book for me was that I felt there were little or no conclusions to the various problems that Whit and Wisty encounter, now being a part of a series as a reader you expect that to a certain degree, but in this particular case, I felt that that there were too many points left unanswered which may leave some younger readers feeling frustrated.
I think this book will appeal to the younger YA readers as the plot moves quickly, there's lots of action scenes and the use of language isn't overly complicated. Older teens will, I think, be more accustomed to a longer read with a more intricate plot. I think there's enough use of magic to appeal to readers of JK Rowlings' Potter series and also enough adventure based magical action to appeal to the fans of Jenny Nimmo's Charlie Bone series.
Overall I rate this book as 6.7; it has some great ideas but could have been explored and developed much more.
This Witch and Wizard book review was written by Jules Grant
All reviews for: Witch and Wizard
Witch and Wizard
Witch and Wizard: Book 1
Imagine you wake up and the world around you-life as you know it-has changed in an instant. That's what has happened to Whit Allgood and his sister, Whisty. They went t...
Have you read Witch and Wizard?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
Witch and Wizard reader reviews
Sydney from United States
This book might have been my least favorite book i have ever read. Poorly constructed, terribly written, and just strait up dumb. i was recommended this book by my English teacher. i went into the book knowing the story line, and i loved it, teens are prosecuted by government and try to escape to freedom. but i soon figured out that the author completely ruined the whole book by trying to add humor too it. he tried to make it funny for kids to read, but the book was far to violent for a kid to read.
Jo from Texas
This book had an okay plot, but all the characters were very one-dimentional and flat. As a result of this, it was, as ron says, impossible to tell who was narrating until you went back to the start of the chapter. Speaking of chapters, all the chapters are way too short. They clearly wanted to have a book with over 100 chapters.
Peter from The U.K.
I wanted to like this book, as the premise seemed interesting, but the writing was HORRIBLE! At one point in the story, the author describes something (isn't it great that the book was forgettible enough that I can't think of what it was) as "Hard to Describe." YOU ARE AUTHORS! IT IS YOUR JOB TO DESCRIBE IT!
Ron from Romania
Though the premise is good, it quickly falls apart. The biggest problem for me was that Whit and Wisty, who are very different people, have exactly the same writing tone. I. upon multiple times, found myself checking back to the beginning of the chapter to see who was writing this one.
The Doctor from Gallefrey
Sorry, but I didn't enjoy this book. I had read the manga and liked it, so when I saw the novel, I chose it for a book report. I wanted to like this book, I really did, but it just had too much wrong with it. The main plot, (modern day witch hunts) was good, but it seemed like every subplot had been done too many times to count. Creepy land of the dead? I got bored of that ages ago! Parents dead/missing, but not really? Please! However, this was just the tip of the iceberg! One thing that REALLY bugged me was the "Bad Guys." The main antagonist, "The one who is the one" is meant to seem creepy, but at one point, he (This is literally what he said) said the term "Tricks are for kids!" Plus, the guards decided to put Whit and Wisty in the SAME CELL! Come on! However, the worst part of the pook was THE WRITING. To give you a sample of how bad it was, listen to this little gem on page 15. "I bolted upright, wide awake. Then came more crashing sounds, and I thought I heard someone moan in pain. Had Whit Fallen and cracked his head? Had my dead been hurt? Jeez, Louise, I thought, scrambling out of bed." JEEZ LOUISE? Come on! You think that a member of your family is seriously hurt, and you say Jeez Louise? Come on.
Marie from USA
The best book Patterson has wrote yet !!!! Cannot wait for the rest of the books to come out!
Chelsea from Canada
I give it a ten out of ten! I loved this book and can't wait to read the rest of this series! Including the mangas and graphic novels! Once again James Patterson has written a facinating pageturner! (sorry for copying your words Courtney I just agree with you and love how you put it). You could really see the bond between their family, especially the bond between Wisty and Wit! I was very sweet and special! I do have one thing though, why does Whisty have more abilities than Wit? She got the spotlight more!
Kayla from Canada
I thought this book was olay, but at some places it got really boring and annoying. Overall this book was okay for me.
KT from India
I had just one problem with the novel. WHY does Wisty have so many more abilities than Whit. It put me off. There was no equality, each chapter I kept anticipating and waiting for Whit to do something really amazing but it rarely happened. And even when it did I felt a bit dissappointed. Hopefully he'll get the spotlight in book 2.
Emma from Indiana
This is the best James Patterson book series yet! I can't wait for the movies to come out, to me this is the next Hunger Games (which I did not read the books for) and when I found out there would be a movie for the Witch and Wizard series I screamed! The only thing that I didn't like was that there some words that are just too hard the pronounce and that was it!
Courtney from Rhode Island
Witch and Wizard was an extremely good book. I did not like it as much as his other series, Maximum Ride, but I did enjoy the book very much. The plot was intense with a lot of twists. The book show just how strong the bond between family is. The trials they experience are so horrifying, yet the way James Patterson describes it... it sounds thrilling. Once again,James Patterson has written a facinating pageturner. We could all learn a thing or two from him.
5.5/10 from 12 reviews
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
The Obernewtyn Chronicles
In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities, it is also dangerous. Survival is only ...
Cirque du Freak
Darren Shan seems like your average boy--he likes playing football with his mates, passing notes in class and loves spiders. Then, one day, his best mate Steve gets tickets...
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies t...
Ever since the floods came and washed the world away, survivors have been desperate to win a place on X Isle, the island where life is rumoured to be easier than on what...
The Testament of Jessie Lamb
Women are dying in their millions. Some blame scientists, some see the hand of God. As she watches her world collapsing, Jessie Lamb decides she wants to make her life coun...
The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the people...
Shades of Grey
Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy...
In a world where the undead outnumber the living, Moses Todd (the only recurring character from The Reapers are the Angles) roams the post-apocalyptic plains of America. Hi...
Benson Fisher escaped from Maxfield Academy’s deadly rules and brutal gangs. Or so he thought. But now Benson is trapped in a different kind of prison: a town filled ...
Twenty-five years ago the world changed forever. A great war, which had raged for three years ended, and the reign of the Demons began... Within the crumbling walls of Fire...
Ashley was just trying to get through a tough day when the world turned upside down. A terrifying virus appears, quickly becoming a pandemic that leaves its victims, not de...
The Dark and Hollow Places
There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of...
Benson Fisher thought a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life. He was wrong. Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surround...
The Secret Book of Sacred Things
The coming of the Great Stone destroyed almost everything that used to be. But high in one remote valley, the Church of Selene has found its way back from ruin. Sister Luka...
Marianne de Pierres
The story follows follows Virgin Jackson, park ranger at one of the last remaining national parks in the world. Her boss has made her responsible for looking after U.S. Mar...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages:
Best of 2016
What are Strungballs? Ten-year-old Sydney is about to find out... but first he must have a cube of his flesh removed. Sydney will transgress everything he was taught to believ...
Books of the Month
A selection of books - old and new alike - that were a joy to read.
Paris was supposed to save Hallie. Now... well, let’s just say Paris has other ideas. There’s a strange woman called The Chronometrist who will not leave her alone. Garbled warnings from bizarre creatures keep her up at night. And there’s a time portal in the keg room of the bar where she works. Soon, Hallie is tumbling through...
A corrupted city. A dark dream of power. Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his...
The Fifth Empire of Man
Rob J Hayes
The Pirate Isles are united under Drake Morrass’ flag, but the war has only just begun. There’s still a long way to go before he’s able to call himself Ki...
Ian C Esslemont
After the disappointments of Li Heng, Dancer and Kellanved wash up on a small insignificant island named Malaz. Immediately, of course, Kellanved plans to take it over. To ...
Age of Swords
Michael J Sullivan
Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhunes make it all but impossible to unite against the co...
A Time of Dread
The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced and their ancient en...
The Last Dog on Earth
Adrian J Walker
Every dog has its day... And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can...