The Revenge of Magic (The Revenge of Magic #1) by James Riley

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 Timesbestselling 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! 

Jan’s Review

My son and i have are both big fans of James Rileys Story Thieves and Half Upon a Time series. Mr. Riley has a way of grabbing his young readers attention and even hooking a few adults in for the ride. This one is quite different from the two previous series but it shows how unique this author talents are. We have a attack on a famous landmark and our main characters dad is sucked into a pit from hell so to speak by a strange monster. We have no idea if he lives or if he died Fort is pretty sure his is dead. Which sets our character into a major spin of needing to get revenge.

After the terrible attacks Fort is invited to a special school to learn magic and the two types of magic are healing and destruction. Now Fort is determined to go to this school so he can learn destruction magic and hopefully serve up a nice plate of revenge at the same time. Well that not how it all goes down instead he learning healing magic, which he sees as a big waste of time.
As the story progresses we learn that not all that we are being told is true and that just maybe learning healing magic will be the path to success. This was amazing start for this series and very excited about book 2 The Last Dragon. So pick up this new series i am sure you will enjoy it.

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