I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Revenge of Magic by James Riley
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by Aladdin on March 5, 2019
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“This imaginative and exciting story feels like the start of something big. The brilliant premise unfolds into a thrilling first book that has me impatient for the next one.” —Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fablehaven and Dragonwatch
When long-dead magical creatures are discovered all around the world, each buried with a book of magic, only children can unlock the dangerous power of the books in this start to a thrilling new series from the author of the New York Times bestselling Story Thieves!
Thirteen years ago, books of magic were discovered in various sites around the world alongside the bones of dragons. Only those born after “Discovery Day” have the power to use the magic.
Now, on a vacation to Washington, DC, Fort Fitzgerald’s father is lost when a giant creature bursts through the earth, attacking the city. Fort is devastated, until an opportunity for justice arrives six months later, when a man named Dr. Opps invites Fort to a government run school, the Oppenheimer School, to learn magic from those same books.
But life’s no easier at the school, where secrets abound. What does Jia, Fort’s tutor, know about the attacks? Why does Rachel, master of destructive magic, think Fort is out to destroy the school? And why is Fort seeing memories of an expelled girl every time he goes to sleep? If Fort doesn’t find out what’s hiding within the Oppenheimer School, more attacks will come, and this time, nothing will stop them!
Here is what I thought
The Revenge of Magic was a fast paced fun adventure story with magic that I think kids will love!
Fort Fitzgerald and his father was at the national monuments the day Forts life changed forever. Now he finds out that a sort of elite private school wants him to come there and learn magic. Sounds cool till he finds out it’s more like a military base than school.
So Fort finds out that there were these magic books found around the world on what is known as Discovery Day and that only kids born after it happened can actually read the book and learn the magic. The United States have two of the books, Destruction and Healing. Fort wants to learn Destruction so he can get back at the creature that killed his father, but he ends up in healing. He also learns that not everyone is happy that he is there and they think it’s dangerous that he is there because of the creatures.
Fort is told that he can stay there if he past his test, everyone else gets three weeks he gets only three days as the teacher wants him to fail, but surprisingly he learns fast and some other things happen that I can’t mention cause…spoilers. 🙂
He makes a few allies who for the most part of are just keeping an eye on him or just bored and curious. Fort keeps hearing a girls voice in his head and learns there is a telepathy book and also learns that some things went down at the Oppenheimer school before this group of kids were there.
The more Fort learns about the school and about healing magic the more questions about everything he has and his quest to find out more seems to get the creatures attention. He also finds out that Oppenheimer has been lying about a lot of things.
I really enjoyed this and can’t wait to dig into the next one that comes out in October! I liked the characters a lot, though Fort wasn’t my favorite he wasn’t bad. I just preferred some of the others better. My favorites were Cyrus, a British kid who is slightly crazy because he learned the magic to see the future and well that could make anyone a little cuckoo and Rachel, who is just kind of fun and sarcastic.
I really think that young readers will really enjoy this one!