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Ozzy and his friend Sigi are in more danger than ever before. After being injected with the mindcontrolling serum, Ozzy is learning to control the minds of people, but he is still being hunted by Ray, the power-mad villain who will stop at nothing to find and possess the formula. And on top of that, Rin still claims he’s a wizard, but he and Clark are missing, leaving Ozzy to wonder once again if magic really does exist.
When it becomes apparent that the minds and free will of all mankind are in danger of being controlled by whoever controls the serum, Ozzy and Sigi join forces with strange new friends that claim magic-like abilities. When Rin finally returns, Ozzy will discover once and for all what happened to his parents, what really happens at those popular fantasy conventions, and if magic truly exists.
Review: Magic Required is the third installment in the Wizard for Hire series. Rin and Clark have returned. But Rin has a mysterious mission that he doesn’t share with anyone. Ozzy and Sigi have been trying to return to a normal life, while waiting for Rin to return. Meanwhile, the villain Ray will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Just when you think you think you have Rin and his magic figured out, we get another curve-ball that makes you doubt everything. I love how we’re kept guessing. Yet there is a satisfying ending. I thoroughly enjoyed this magical trilogy with quirky characters. There is plenty of humor, suspense, and heart in this middle grade adventure.