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The Revenge of Magic

(The Revenge of Magic #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  305 ratings  ·  66 reviews
"A long-dead power has re-awakened on Earth, and with it come rampaging monsters. After witnessing the first otherworldly attack, one child is recruited to a government-run school for magic where he's trained with others to fight back." -Publishers Weekly
Published March 5th 2019 by Aladdin
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Yasmeena Elmahdy



My rating was originally gonna be 4 stars but that—THAT ENDING. FRICK.







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-

Wait for it...

-in this
Daniel Shellenbarger
After tearing through James Riley's delightful and oft-hilarious Story Thieves and Half Upon A Time books, I was super-excited to see that he had a third series starting up and got a copy of the Revenge of Magic from the library ASAP. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to its predecessors for me. My biggest problem with the story was that it felt very VERY rote. The story twists and the character arcs practically wrote themselves and the adult characters were all boringly stereotypical. I ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, middle-grade
It’s been six months since the attack on Washington, D.C. Six months since Forsythe “Fort” Fitzgerald’s world was turned upside down when a giant creature comes up from the ground and destroys many of the monuments there, killing his father in the process. In that time, one thought has kept Fort moving forward – the desire for revenge.

One day, Fort is surprised to be visited by the representatives of a school for magic. Thirteen years ago, four magic books were found and only those born after
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a lot of fun to read! At first, when giant creatures started attacking the city, I wasn't sure it was going to be my kind of adventure... I was wrong! Revenge of Magic is a fast paced and action-packed story.
Given that it is a story about a school of magic, I thought it might be similar to Harry Potter, but I found this story to be very original with very likable characters.
The main character Fort is trying to uncover so many secrets about the creatures and about his new school he is
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nicole Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This book is filled with action and adventure right from the very start, and I flew through it! The story follows Fort, who witnesses his father’s death when a giant claw reaches up through the ground and pulls him under. When he’s offered the chance to learn magic and get revenge on those responsible, he jumps at it. But he soon discovers that things aren’t as simple as they seem and there are lots of people at his
Beth Mendelsohn
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss-arc-s
I received this e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
The Revenge of Magic is the latest series from author James Riley. Twelve-year-old Forsythe, or Fort, is visiting the Lincoln Memorial with his father when the unimaginable happens! Monsters the size of dinosaurs erupt from the earth. Fort hears a girl’s voice in his head telling him to run but he resists, refusing to leave without his father. Fort’s father is dragged underground by one of the enormous creatures and Fort is
Linda Owen
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Monsters, magic, mystery... what else does a reader require? possibly some believability. Too far-fetched, too anti-government, too full of stereotypes. Also, a not-unexpected start to a new series, so an unsatisfactory ending.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Y'all I actually can't wait for this ...more
Fantasy novels remain perennially popular among young readers as well as older readers. I have a special fondness for them myself. At the same time, I've read enough of them that sometimes the plot lines tend to overlap and even blend. It's always refreshing to come across a book that that is creatively different in terms of plot and characters. James Riley's new The Revenge of Magic combines flawed characters with a refreshingly different plot line. I'm more than eager to see where the story ...more
Dec 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this more than I did. There were a couple of problems that got in the way for me.
1. There was too much yelling. I listened to the audiobook, and the reader was actually yelling and the editor failed to equalize it, leading to a very jarring experience. But every time the reader yelled, it was because the text explicitly stated that the main character was doing so. I may not have noticed it without the audiobook, but it was literally the way the main character responded to
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The Revenge of Magic by James Riley, 400 pages. Aladdin (Simon), 2019. $18.

Language: G(0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some danger, some fighting)



Fort and his father are visiting the Lincoln Memorial when terrible forces attack and a giant hand drags his father into the underground. After six months of living in a funk, Fort gets an invitation to a very special school – a government-run school to learn magic from books
Jill Jemmett
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great start to a new middle grade fantasy series!

At first, I thought I could predict what would happen in this book. It reminded me of Rick Riordan stories, where there is a big event that happens to the main character, causing them to find their mysterious powers. However, I couldn’t have predicted the rest of the story!

This story was so exciting. There was a lot more to the story than what happened in this book. There were events leading up to the monster attack at the beginning of
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thirteen years ago, on a day now known as Discover Day, the bones of magical creatures guarding magical books were discovered. Six months ago a horrific monster emerged from the ground and attacked Washington, DC, killing Fort’s father. Now Fort finds himself a student at a very top-secret school run by Dr. Oppenheimer. At this school, kids born after Discovery Day are taught to harness the magic found within the strange books. Fort soon learns that magic is more complicated than he thought and ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was somewhat reminiscent of the Percy Jackson series without quite the humor of Rick Riordan. I did enjoy it and will continue reading the series. My favorite character had to be Cyrus of the Clairvoyant Skill. He seemed to be more fully developed than some of the others. My one gripe is with the printing using different fonts. I understand why it was done but found it distracting.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mg, scifi
A resounding MEH. This is a mish mash of SF and fantasy. There are alien critters invading the earth. But the only way to fight them is with magical books of power that can only be read by kids which all appeared the same day as the alien critters. Our hero is uniquely angry at the critters for grabbing his father before they disappeared. Anyway, there's a school for kids with nascent magical powers where our hero winds up. Then it turns out the aliens gave us magic back in the day and then took ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
December 18-19, 2019

Needed a quick read while I sit on a waiting list for so many books that will likely be the ones to welcome me into 2020.
That being said The Revenge of Magic being a J novel was still super fun.

If Harry Potter, The Lightning Thief and all the other YAs joined together.
They get sorted into groups based on affinity. There's a trio of bullies a la Malfoy and friends. There's a secret school (not camp) for people who are chosen to focus on these powers. They accept students
Lemon Orange
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragons, mythology


I'm curious to see how this series plays out.
LitPick Book Reviews
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s been six months since Forsythe Fitzgerald lost his father. He was taken by a giant, unearthly creature that attacked Washington, DC. Now, Fort is confronted by a man named Dr. Opps, who offers to enroll him in a school that teaches its students magic through two strange books, The Magic of Recuperation and The Magic of Destruction. The two books, along with several others, were unearthed thirteen years ago, and only people born after their discovery have the ability to read their pages. ...more
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
The Revenge of Magic is a thrilling, nail-biting and instantly captivating start to what promises to be an action-filled and electrifying new series by Author James Riley. Powerful magic, dark secrets, terrifying creatures, and the threat to all humankind make this an absolute page turner.

Forsythe “Fort” Fitzgerald wanted nothing more than to exact vengeance against the monsters who took his father from him when he became a student at the Oppenheimer School. While he may not have been gifted
Trudy Zufelt
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a copy of my original review as it appears on my blog, Boys To Books.

A vacation day visit to Washington, DC by Fort Fitzgerald and his father ends tragically with his father's kidnapping by a monstrous creature who breaks through the earth.

Fort struggles to make sense of his father's disappearance and vows to avenge his father's death. Six months later, a man named Dr. Opps shows up to his aunt's house and invites him to the Oppenheimer School to learn magic. Fort jumps at the chance
Rachel Benzine
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Check out this and other reviews on my website, The Lamp Post!


Fort Fitzgerald just lost his dad to an attack by a mysterious, giant monster in Washington, DC. He’s overwhelmed with grief, and doesn’t know how he’s going to go on. But after a surprise visit from a mysterious school headmaster, he is invited to a new kind of boarding school run by the government… and there, he’ll learn a new set of skills that will help him protect the world from future attacks.

Thirteen years ago, a set of
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this from an ARC provided by the publisher.
This was an absolute page-turner, although there were a few minor plot holes. The only one that really mattered to me was that the author never did explain who FIRST realized that there was writing on the pages of the "blank" books. I mean, the story requires some odd things to happen, like a priceless artifact being randomly handled by a kid, so it would be nice to know that story.
Still, this was one of the creepiest "the magic is coming back"
I received an electronic ARC from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing through NetGalley.
I've enjoyed Riley's other series and feel his writing has taken a more mature tone in this one. This is clearly for middle school level readers rather than elementary.
A secret magic school exists to stop the "old ones" from returning and destroying humanity. It came about after odd excavation sites turned up dragons with human riders holding books of magic. The scientists discovered that only children
Jan farnworth
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Revenge of Magic is a book about a twelve-year-old boy named Forsythe (Fort) who is offered the chance to learn magic at a government school after a monster comes out of the ground in Washington DC, causes destruction, and oh yeah, snatches up his father before disappearing back to wear it came from (I know...WHOA).

Soooo....this book was recommended to me and I’m sooo glad that it was. The characters are easily distinguishable and with their personalities, quite lovable.

The other thing I
Jessie Kohl
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
James Riley will forever be my favorite author. No author was ever been able to awaken such whimsical excitement in me over reading in my younger years like he was. His books are refreshing, clever, inspiring, and an emotional investment.-

That being said I didn’t enjoy Revenge of Magic as much as his other books.

This isn’t to say it’s a bad book. I’m afraid I’m just getting older and don’t get as much out of them as I used to. I will still definitely be reading this whole series, but the
Teresa Bateman
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fort Fitzgerald and his father were on the National Mall when it happened. Monsters erupted from the ground, and Fort's father was taken. Now he has been taken, but by an unusual school, and his world has been turned upside down. He learns that books of magic have been discovered, only those born on the day of discovery, or later, can read them and master the spells contained therein, and there is a real danger of earth being taken over by creatures from another dimension. He is filled with a ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Right from the start, the story grabs you by the heart and doesn't let go.

What happens when the world we know is shaken to its core? What happens when we push people too far? They fight back for all their worth. They avenge those that were unjustly taken. They try to resist the darkness of revenge that is creeping into their soul like a thief in the night...but how long they can hold out, remains to be seen. Seriously, there is SO MUCH TO LOVE here, and it's just the beginning! Oh and I don't
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