The Mage and the Magpie: Magemother Book 1 by Austin J. Bailey

The Mage and the Magpie: Magemother Book 1

By Austin J. Bailey

  • Release Date: 2015-10-21
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 144 Ratings
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An invisible girl. A missing mage. A world in need… 

Brinley has spent most of her life lost in her own imagination, teaching bullfrogs to do gymnastics and pretending to be invisible. Now, when a magic bell from another world summons her across time and space on a journey to find her mother, she will discover real friendship, face true evil, and overcome her greatest fears in order to save the ones she loves. 

The Mage and the Magpie is the first book in Austin J. Bailey's Magemother series: an epic middle-grade fantasy adventure series with witches, shapeshifters, and clifhangers, and awesome kids (There are very few boring adults in this book!). 

What Readers are Saying:

"Loved the world it took me into to. A good, clean, fun story that left me wanting more. Loved how developed the characters were for such a quick read. A great read for any age."-Melissa 

"A fresh story of good versus evil set in a fantasy world much like a marvelous daydream gone wild. A truly enjoyable and engaging read."-S.Rosenquist 

Interview with the Author:

Q - Why should I try your books? 

A - Because the Magemother books are fast and fun, and I guarantee you'll never forget the friends you find inside them. Each of the books is a different experience, but each one is worth your time. And I'm not just saying that because I wrote them. I've also read a TON of Fantasy. If you like fun, kid-friendly books with lots of magic and a plot that twists and turns, you'll get a kick out of this series. 

Q - So, what makes the Magemother series so special? 

A - A few things. When I set out to write the Magemother series I wanted to write the types of books that I love to read. My top picks are usually fantasy books. I'm well into my 20's now and I still love reading the middle grade bestsellers. Especially ones with a good bit of mystery, a few surprises, and lots of laughs. 

The Magemother books have a good mix of these things. They mostly focus on the children's fantasy / teen fantasy adventure genre's over all, with some coming of age and mystery aspects thrown in for good measure. 

Overall the Magemother series is designed to invite you into another wonderful fantasy universe alongside a set of unforgettable characters. 

Q - What order should I read the books in? 

A - I would suggest this order: 

- The Mage and the Magpie 
- The Empty Throne (Novella) 
- The Paradise Twin 
- The Bridge to Nowhere (coming soon) 

Q - Which one was your favorite to write? 

A - That's a tough one. The Empty Throne was fun because Tabitha is such a wonderfully strange and quirky character, and I really had a blast giving her her own adventure. That said, The Paradise Twin is my favorite so far. The characters really come alive in that book, especially Hugo, who has some serious demons to wrestle with. There is also some great plot twists and comedy in that one. 


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  • Fantastic

    By Keepaso
    This is probably one of my favorite books. I love the characters and the details. The way the author describes things brings the book to life.
  • Good book

    By Asiareadsbook
    Great book for my child Asia so great
  • It's ok... I guess

    By the lover of books
    It just was a bit to blah and not that much context
  • I am simply speechless.

    By Jessica Sokolova
    This book, mixed along with such an imaginative authour carried the power to make me feel like a kid again while still using powerful vocabulary and in depth descriptions. I'm so grateful I was able to read this book for free, but in my heart it's priceless. ♥️
  • The Mage and the Magpie

    By Caught Dead in Wyoming
    Might be intended for a younger audience but I am 67 and found it well written and entrancing.
  • Fun adventure

    By clay-bunny
    Quick read. Fun characters. Not too taxing. No real danger. Put a smile on my face.
  • Awesome

    By FantasyFollower4
    I think it is a great fantasy book. The people who say it is bad have obviously never read a CHILDREN’S book.
  • Mages

    By magemother
    Loved it!! Best book ever
  • The mage and the magpie mage mother book 1

    By movietheater54
    At first I didn't think it was interesting but the book turned to be surprisingly good!!
  • Was Waiting for it to Get Better

    By Six-shooter Tim
    I thought it would get interesting as a drama book with its little to no action whatsoever. Now it just sits there as a collector's item as I can't completely delete any books on this app.