Ozzy Toffy’s adventure, which began in Wizard for Hire, continues when one dark and windy night, he gets out of bed, jumps out his window, and walks straight into the ocean.
More than ever, Ozzy could really use the services of Rin, the wizard he hired to help find his parents — but Rin is missing, despite Ozzy’s continual attempts to contact him. And Clark, the mechanical bird his father left him, is as peculiar and vain as ever.
When a mysterious package arrives, Ozzy and his good friend Sigi are sure that the plane ticket and thumb drive they find inside are from Rin. Trying to get Clark through security at the airport proves complicated — as most things are with Clark. But when they arrive in New York, they discover there’s even more adventure in store for them.
Will Rin return and save the day? Will Ozzy figure out why he keeps walking into the ocean? Can Sigi find a way to trust her delinquent father? Will someone please appreciate Clark the way he’d like to be appreciated? For once?
Wizard for Hire: Apprentice Needed is a story filled with humor and excitement that shows us the magic in everyday things.
When I first stumbled on Wizard for Hire (book 1), I fell in love with it. I debated with myself, long and hard, about whether I wanted to stop with the first book and love it as it was, or to dive into the sequential books to learn more about Ozzy and risk the rest of the series being a disappointment. I’m so, so very glad that I chose to listen to the second book, Apprentice Needed!
Wizard for Hire: Apprentice Needed picks up where Wizard for Hire stops. I think what is unique about this series, is that you can read the first book as a stand alone, and yes, you’ll miss out on a LOT if you stop there, but the plot is tied together neatly at the end and continuing the series is almost like “bonus content”. In Apprentice Needed, we expound on the original plot even deeper, ask even bigger and scarier questions, and encounter so much more adventure.
I love the character growth, the masterfully placed mystery of everything, and the silliness of Rin, Ozzy, Sigi, and Clark. And the heartbreak. I binged this audiobook in less than a week and started the third book immediately after finishing this one. Apprentice Needed is a very well done sequel, however, if you choose to dive into this one, keep book 3, Magic Required, close at hand, because this one ends in more of a cliffhanger than the first one did!