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Skilled in Magic

Gemma Kirkman

Five Go Into the Dark Worlds

Four orphaned children. A remote farm and a strange guardian.

Each child has a hidden gift and together they will become skilled in magic, a circle of sorcerers. But first they must harness their separate powers and uncover the mystery of their birthright.

The eccentric Professor holds secrets too. Through him, they learn the tragic truth of their parents’ death and inherit a magic quest. Embarking on a reckless rescue mission to three dark worlds controlled by the evil sorcerer, Lord Mediarn, the children are tested by danger and heartbreak.

What is the greater magical power that they must claim? And why are five more powerful than four? Only by heroic measures may they hope to defeat the dark wizard and release the worlds he has held captive for so long.



About the Author

Gemma Kirkman holds a Diploma in Professional Writing for Children and is a graduate of the Australian Writers Centre. She is currently writing and producing the fourth book in her fantasy, adventure filled series 'Skilled in Magic'.

Gemma will be Artist-in-Residence for two weeks at Chateau d'Orquevaux in Champagne, France. She is a recipient of The Denis Diderot Grant to fund her residency.



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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite - '5 Stars'

... The relationship between the siblings is the heart of the story and their magic is the key to the mysteries they uncover. Each sibling has a unique ability to match their personality. Each of their abilities comes into play for key moments, but also as the center of their characters and their secret they share, which adds to their bond. Their magic is a fun thing for them as each year they show off their powers on their birthdays and this adds a certain sweetness to their relationship with each other. They banter and argue as siblings do, at times lashing out, but they're always quick to protect and support each other. Their family unit is their safe haven as they're the only ones they've had to rely on after being moved from boarding school and sent to live with their new guardian, the Professor. The professor starts off with a personality similar to the absent-minded professor trope, but as secrets are uncovered he slowly reveals the part he plays in the siblings' past and becomes more involved in what's happening. The house he lives in has an air of mystery and these secrets are what drive the kids to explore where they eventually discover the truth of Lord Mediarn and their powers.

Gemma Kirkman incorporates mysterious foreshadowing throughout, leading up to the the dangerous showdown with Lord Mediarn and the ultimate test of their powers. Skilled in Magic is a charming read which pulls you into a magical adventure about four siblings who discover a shocking family secret, band together to harness their powers, and face the evil Lord Mediarn with an end that will leave you wanting more.

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Skilled in Magic by Gemma Kirkman
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ISBN: 978-1-925681-53-6 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-925681-80-2 (hardcover)
Format: Paperback 216mm x 140mm
Extent: 248 pages
RRP: $17.95 (paperback) / $25.95 (hardcover)
Publisher: Vivid Publishing
Category: Children's Fiction
Distribution: Contact Vivid


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