Pure Dead Magic: Debi Gliori

When I started with ‘Pure Dead Magic’ I had no idea how good the book was going to be or the fact that it was the first of the ‘Pure Dead’ series written by Debi Gliori. I was down with fever over the weekend and feeling quite depressed about it. Then I found ‘Pure Dead Magic’ in my sister-in-law’s book shelf and before I realized my eyes were inextricably glued to its pages, following the smart protagonist duo and their strange pets.

This is a story about the Strega-Borgia family, a set of parents and their three kids Titus, Pandora and baby Damp, who live with their pet fantastical creatures in the StregaSchloss castle. Signor Strega-Borgia walks out of the castle in high temper and after that his family turns wayward and gloomy in his absence. But there is also a ray of hope in the form of Mrs. MacLachlan a new no-nonsense nanny who takes charge of the kids and of frying French fries on special occasions. Things turn ugly when a step uncle undertakes evil business to acquire the fortune which rightfully belongs to Titus. But all has to surely end well when the kids have a teenage dragon, a griffin, a yeti and a crocodile for pets.

Debi Gliori is an awesome writer. The novel is full of fun and eccentric characters who contribute to the events in unexpected ways. A spider surfs the world wide web and finds a lost a baby, while a dangerous goon attacks the castle dressed up as a bunny. Titus and Pandora, the brother – sister duo are the protagonists where Titus is brilliant with computers and Pandora has natural talent at communicating with animals. Technology is interpreted in comical ways and to make it all even droller, magic mixes with technology to bring about hilarious consequences. This book is intended for kids but the story is so good adults can safely read it without any guidance from children. 

‘Pure Dead Magic’ is a totally fun book and I will recommend it to kids and elders alike. The 'Pure Dead' series has two trilogies in it - the 'Pure Dead' and the 'Deep' trilogy, which I expect will be just as ‘pure dead’ good as this first book and am looking forward to getting hold of them.     

You can also read a wonderful interview of Debi Gliori done by Bookwitch and get to know more about the author.

This book can be bought from Flipkart or Landmark in India.


Anonymous said...

Thanks, Nivedita. I think some adults have had to be persuaded they are not actually adult books. Absolutely wonderful, and you have another five great books ahead of you.

Nivedita Barve said...

Thanks for dropping by Bookwitch :)

Amy @ My Friend Amy said...

It's always fantastic to unexpectedly discover a great read! I hope you are feeling better now though. :)

Nivedita Barve said...

Thanks Amy! I am all well now :)