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Book Review: Circulus de Potentia by Jim West

Circulus de Potentia is the second book in the Magicae Mathematica series written by Jim West. Jim is a cyber-security expert who works in the Middle East, so, needless to say, he's a math geek. This recent book written by Jim continues the story of Alex, a young girl who is magically transported to a fantastic land full of wizards and golems. The society resembles that of ancient Rome, and the book parallels many of the historical events from that period.

Alex, Archimedes (her mentor), and a group of apprentices must save the society and themselves from evil wizards who are bent on destroying the village. The characters wield magic and numbers to defeat the evil wizards. Pythagoras plays a role in the book also, which might cause the reader to have flashbacks of ninth grade geometry. Latin phrases pop up throughout the book. Fortunately, there is a phrase book at the end of the novel.

Jim West wrote the book with young adult readers in mind. But the vocabulary is quite advanced in parts. The book would make a good read-aloud for reluctant readers and a good independent reader for advanced readers. This book is also good for those kids who are ready to go beyond Katniss and Percy Jackson.

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lexiconlover wrote on July 11, 2015, 8:36 AM

Sounds interesting. I'm not sure if I have ever heard of this series or author before.

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 8:55 AM

This sounds like a fun read for young adults or old adults who think young. emoticon :winking:

msiduri wrote on July 11, 2015, 9:20 AM

Never heard of this. It would have captivated me when I was younger, I bet.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 11, 2015, 4:37 PM

I wonder how my seventh graders would respond to this book. They might be a bit young, but used as a read aloud I think they might enjoy it. It would help tie reading, math, and social studies together.

iwrite28 wrote on July 18, 2015, 5:26 AM

I love young adult fiction. I think it is very imaginative. Thanks for sharing this. Will try and get it.

iwrite28 wrote on July 18, 2015, 5:27 AM

BTW, I am quite crazy about Katniss and have read The Hunger Games innumerable times :)

EmeseReka wrote on July 30, 2015, 5:00 PM

Sounds like an interesting book, and series, I might check it out for my kids. Thank
you for posting this review of it.