Witch & Wizard: The Fire is the third book in the Witch & Wizard series by James Patterson. In it, brother and sister Whit and Wisty Allgood must try to stop The One Who Is The One, the ultimate leader of a new totalitarian government, before he takes over the world and destroys all means of creativity. These siblings are put to the ultimate test when the people they love the most, their parents, are torn away from them by The One who is trying to destroy their world-and is succeeding. Wisty and Whit face hardship, betrayal, heartbreak, and more in this fast-paced action book.
Overall, I would give this book 4.5 stars out of 5. In the beginning of the book, not much was happening. Once things did start happening though, they happened fast. Sometimes the transitions to different scenes weren’t that smooth, and in some places I would read a few pages, confused, then finally figure what’s happening, and have to go back and read those pages over again. This sometimes proved frustrating. Also, the end of the book seemed to come a bit fast, but it also seemed to be somewhat dragged out. Another thing is, looking at the book from an entire-series view, it seemed like maybe the series should have ended there. (I haven’t read any books after this one.) Everything seemed to be wrapped up, and I couldn’t really find any loose ends to be tied up in the next book. On the positive side, this book often left me excited and eager for the next chapter, and often left me with an I-want-to know-what-happens-next feeling. There were some interesting twists and turns in the plot that I didn’t see coming, and the constant switches in which character was narrating kept my attention and interest going.
This book is for ages 12-15 years, and for grades 5 and up. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book to adults; the overall plot, style and tone of writing, and characters make this a good book for middle-schoolers, but might be a less interesting read for adults. I also wouldn’t really recommend this book to elementary-schoolers, as there is some violence and graphic, slightly depressing scenes in the book. This book can stand alone even if you haven’t the others in the series but reading them would certainly make this a more enjoyable read. If you enjoyed the slightly disorganized magic and adventures of Percy Jackson, and the defeat-the-ruler and hidden-past feel of Harry Potter, you will enjoy Witch & Wizard Book 3: The Fire by James Patterson.