- Author: Lisa Goldstein
- Publisher: Open Road Media
- Published: Oct. 21st, 2014
- ISBN: 9781497673595
- Genre: Fantasy
This is the story of Kicsi, an Eastern European Jew, and Vörös, a magician trying to save her village from the Nazis. I’ve had a heavy interest in Holocaust stories ever since I read The Diary of Anne Frank in middle school. I accidentally bought two copies of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak because the blurb on the back made me want to start reading immediately. So, when I read the synopsis for The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein, on Netgalley, I requested it right away.
Unfortunately, I can only give this book four stars. Everything about it is great, but it didn’t grab me emotionally. I never shed a tear for any of the characters. I even questioned if perhaps I’d become desensitized to these types of stories, though I know I haven’t. I still don’t know what is missing from this book to explain why I didn’t ugly cry the way I did over The Book Thief, as well as so many other stories that take place during WWII.
I still recommend reading this book, though. As I’ve already said, it’s a great book. The plot, pacing, and quality of writing are all excellent. It would be a good choice to couple with The Diary of Anne Frank in middle school English classes.