The Names of Magic

Author: Dylan Horrocks
Artist: Richard Case
Titan Books
RRP 12.99
ISBN 1 84023 468 7
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After facing demons, angels and his own nightmares, Tim Hunter - destined to be the world's most powerful magician - must finally find out who he really is. And he must find out before enemies old and new either turn him to their cause - or destroy him...

With the current frenzy to own anything and everything that has the words Harry Potter emblazoned on it, it was only a matter of time before someone tried to cash in by jumping on the bandwagon. The Names of Magic is one such project. A teenage boy with glasses and the ability to turn water into wine couldn't be further from the legends of Harry Potter could they?

If you ignore this fact, which is hard to do, then you have a book which at it's core is not that exciting. A young lad has magic powers, but needs saving from himself and others who wish to track him down for their own means.

The illustrations are not particularly outstanding and the cover image is painful to look at - a photo of a geeky looking kid with the wings of an angel.

If you want to see how it's done properly go and buy a Harry Potter comic instead.

Pete Boomer

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