Jinx by Sage Blackwood is another middle school novel that I decided to check out after my trip to Books of Wonder in New York. It started off as a simple book, similar to Iron-hearted Violet, but really took off at about the halfway point.
Jinx is an orphan who finds himself working as a wizard’s apprentice to Simon Magus. Simon has so many secrets and only lets Jinx into part of his life. After a fight, Jinx runs away from the wizard and into the dangerous and mysterious Urwald forest. After running into Simon’s fellow (and more dangerous) wizard friend and finds that the Urwald forest may need him more than he realized.
There were so many twists in this novel that I did not expect! Jinx is such a complex character. I was really drawn into this novel right at the end, even with the simple language. I look forward to picking up the sequel to Jinx! Suggested for middle school/YA fantasy lovers!