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Our adventure with Jack, Bart, and the cast of characters from Book One: The Golden Telescope continues with exciting new twists, turns, and reveals!
Learn more about Jack’s magical abilities, where his Grandma Lydia is, why she is stuck in the past, and the story behind why and how she got there. Meet intriguing new characters, visit foreign lands, become better acquainted with personalities such as Joseph ‘Bunko’ Kelly, Grandpa Edward, and members of both The Order of Light as well as The Dark Cabal.
The mystery intensifies, and the plot thickens as we travel, with Jack, through time and space to uncover hidden secrets and frightening dangers surrounding our hero!
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Twelve-year old Jack Mac Paidin's life is miserable. His parents are dead, and he's stuck with his heartless aunt and uncle, who make him live in the cold, dank basement.
Then his life takes a crazy turn when he touches a golden telescope that reveals he has magical abilities. He learns that he comes from a long line of magic workers who want to use his powers for their nefarious purposes. A mysterious visitor rescues him using a magic hat and takes him to his ancestral home in Dublin, Ireland.
Though Jack's life at Mac Paidin Manor is much better than it was living in the basement, things are far from perfect. There is a dangerous organization called The Dark Cabal, and Jack learns that it is responsible for killing his parents and separating him from his brother and sister. Confronting them will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
After years of trauma-related asthma attacks and life as a number-loving nerd, Jack finally feels like his life has meaning. Even though he is bewildered to discover that there is a world of magic he knows nothing about, Jack learns that he is special. He is the only person who can help find his Grandma Lydia trapped in the past and solve the mystery surrounding his parent's death.
Thirty-six hundred years had passed since her last visit to the blue dot in the distance she once called home.
Briefly, Chava wondered how those awaiting her arrival would receive her.
Meanwhile, Inez and Clara Mac Paidin stood, breathlessly, gazing at the black space on the far wall where the portal would appear at the appointed time.
THE DARK MATRIARCH is the opening scene introducing us to SERIES 2: JACK AND THE IMMORTALS - the ongoing saga of 12-year-old orphan, Jack Mac Paidin, and his adventures with magic in his world, both light and dark, and his role in saving his friends, siblings, and the entire planet from the influence of evil.
Jack is an orphan almost 13 years old when our story begins. He has two siblings, Ethan, 3 years older, and Sadie, 2 years younger. He hasn't seen either Ethan or Sadie since their parents were killed in a tragic automobile collision 9 years ago.
Jack lives with his great uncle, Earl O'Brien, and his wife, Lizzie, in Portland, Oregon.
Bart is a fun-loving kid, also almost 13 years old, when our story begins. His dad Bill Flanagan, owns Flanagan's Hobby Shop in downtown Portland, Oregon, where Bart and Jack work after school most week days.
He is an only child and huge Oregon Ducks football fan.
Arthur is 54 years old when our story begins. He has worked and lived at Mac Paidin Manor in Dublin, Ireland half his life. He is Sir Edward Mac Paidin's trusted butler and and devoted family friend.
Sir Edward Mac Paidin is Inez, Clara, and Ross's father, husband to Lydia (O'Brien) Mac Paidin, and grandfather to Jack, Ethan, and Sadie.
When our story begins, Sir Edward lives at Mac Paidin Manor outside of Dublin, Ireland. He has never met his grand children and they know nothing about him.
Edward is a milliner by trade, but he is not just an average hat maker. He was appointed Royal Hat Maker to the Queen and her court.
When our story begins, Bill owns a downtown Portland, Oregon hobby shop called Flanagan's.
Bart and Jack spend most days, after school, helping Bill stock the shelves at the store.
Bill has become a good friend and father-figure to Jack.
When our story begins, Inez has been estranged from her father, Sir Edward Mac Paidin, for 16 years.
She blames him for the disappearance of her mother, Lydia Mac Paidin, and lives with her sister, Clara, somewhere in Europe.
When our story begins, Clara Mac Paidin, has been estranged from her father, Sir Edward Mac Paidin, for 16 years.
Clara is 5 years younger than Inez and lives with her somewhere in Europe.
Ethan is 15 years old when our story begins.
He lives with his great uncle, Thaddeus O'Brien, and his wife, Astrid, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Earl O'Brien is Lydia (O'Brien) Mac Paidin's brother and Jack's legal guardian ever since his parents were killed nearly 9 years ago.
Earl, and his wife, Lizzie, live in Portland, Oregon where they reluctantly provide a dank, downstairs room for Jack, but have no interest in his life, except to attain their own objectives.
Thaddeus O'Brien is Lydia (O'Brien) Mac Paidin's brother and Ethan, Jack, and Sadie's great uncle.
He is married to Astrid (Bennett) O'Brien and they live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
They treat Ethan as their son, though they are only his legal guardians.
Lydia is Inez, Clara, and Ross's mother, wife to Sir Edward Mac Paidin, and grandmother to Ethan, Jack, and Sadie.
When our story begins, Lydia has been lost in time for more than two decades.
Lizzie (Mason) O'Brien is Earl's wife and Lydia (O'Brien) Mac Paidin's sister-in-law.
She is a snob who resents having to care for Jack, and does everything she can to avoid having contact with him.
As the daughter of an aeronautical engineer and a church organist, Tracy was raised with a deep appreciation for logic and spirituality, while simultaneously embracing a love for the magical and supernatural. These themes inevitably formed the background for her writing and story-telling career.
As a professional artist, Tracy focused most of her energy on a variety of creative endeavors before turning her attention to full-time writing. A person of many passions, Tracy is an entrepreneur and small business-owner, a world-traveler, video-gamer, health-nut, and foodie. She has three adult children and lives happily in a small town on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon with her best friend and life-partner, Jeff.
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AWESOME BOOK. This book is not just for children! I loved it, and I am 62 years old. Of-course I loved all the Harry Potter books too. I would put this book up there with Rowling and Riordan, who I have also read. But trust me, this is not a second hand remake of those classics. The story is original and exciting. Action, adventure, and mystery with a strong paranormal bent. Great book. Anxiously awaiting book 2.
I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. Oh my, look at that cover! It definitely has a classic look to it like the Babysitter’s Club, Boxcar Children or Hardy Boys. If you were into reading those back in the day, or if your children enjoy reading these types of stories, I’d definitely recommend this. Yes, it’s MG, but it has an easy flow and classic feel that would make any reader content to follow along. Like other reviewers, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and couldn’t put it down! The author blends a classic mystery feel with a relatable, modern cast and a strong plot arc done well. Highly recommend.
AN AMAZINGLY INVENTIVE AND CREATIVE PAGE TURNER. Amazingly creative, filled with details and imagery that fill your mind with scenes as if your there in the moment. Such a great book for all ages, I read this to my 8 and 5 year old they both loved it!! Definitely a book for all ages!! Can't wait for more!!
WHAT A SENSATIONAL STORY!!! I was looking for different books I could gift my nephews and nieces with. Before I would do that, I of course take a look at the book myself. This beautifully illustrated cover and intriguing title attracted my attention and I took a look inside! Whether it being good or not? I got captivated by the story! Not sure if I am the accurate audience, still it was so delightful to read the adventure of Jack! All characters were amazingly well created and I could feel the passion and the heart of the author! Really really well done and I luckily have a superb book to gift to my nephews and nieces now! Awesome!
THIS IS AN AWESOME BOOK. Jack and the Magic Hat Maker is a wonderful, exciting, riveting book! It is well written and enthrawling! It keeps you not only engaged, but anxious for the adventures that never fail with excitement!!! I can't wait for the next book and hope for many more!!!
FUN AND MAGICAL. This is a fun, fast read for all ages. If you're a fan of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter then this book is for you. Hard to put down. I almost finished it in one night.
A STORY FILLED WITH ENTHUSIASTIC ENERGY. A Story filled with enthusiastic energy. Tracy has done an excellent job writing a story that grabs you in the very beginning and captivates your heart as you join the adventure bound antics of Jack and Bart. They find themselves in places they have never been mystified by magical notations that leave them in awe. They learn of secrets from the past and are enlightened to secrets to the future. Leaving us wanting more from this series.
LOVE IT! I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next one! So different from any other book I've read!