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The Revenge of Magic

(The Revenge of Magic #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  518 ratings  ·  89 reviews
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 d
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Aladdin
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Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
my first reread needs to be put on hold because other books (and homework) got in the way ;-;

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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
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 wi ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mark Baker
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, 2019
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 th
Nicole M. 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 ne
Jenn (Jenn’s Bookshelf)
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Super great read!! Loved the world building, the magic system, and the plot overall. It was so action packed!!!! I need to get my hands on the next one STAT.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
The Revenge of Magic was a fast paced, captivating, action packed read that I couldn't put down for more than 10 mintues.

I can't wait to start The Last Dragon
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 anythi
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 co
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
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 😁😁
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
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 th
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 go ...more
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
Jill Jemmett
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 t
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 bl
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.
Lemon Orange
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragons, mythology


I'm curious to see how this series plays out.
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 a
Avery Humphries
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can find my full review on my blog, The Writerly Way, here.

James Riley came up in my quest to read more middle grade, since we have his Story Thieves series, and that’s pretty popular among our young readers. What I didn’t realize is that he’s working on a new series … which is this one. You saw that coming, right?

The Revenge of Magic starts an action-packed, fast-paced adventure series. Pro: Magic exists. Con: Only children can use it. Oh, and there’s a giant beast attacking Washington,
Anita McDivitt Barrios
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
This first book was an instant HIT with my 15-year-old son. As he put it, "action all the time, Mom." This is unusually high praise from him. He devoured it over the Christmas break and got a goodly start on the second book, as well, before school started and reading for fun came to a screeching halt, replaced by the Honors English assigned-novel for the quarter (snooze).

Fort's on a trip to The Mall in Washington, D.C. with his Dad when horrific creatures break out of the ground next to the Wash
Mark Buxton
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
My name is Fort, and I lost my father six months ago. We were visiting Washington D.C. when a huge creature erupted from the earth and pulled him back underground. I was devastated and despondent until I met Dr. Opp. I learned that four books were excavated thirteen years ago, and they can train children to perform magic. Those born on Discovery Day are the most powerful, so I'm not sure why Dr. Opp has invited me to his top-secret school. However, this opportunity has broken me out of my funk a ...more
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 b
R.W. Moore
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
James Riley is in a unique category in my house. Somehow, a couple of years ago when I was reading the Story Thieves series to my son, he got in his head that all James Riley books need to be read together. At the time of writing this review, he is 11 years old and a fairly good reader, yet he didn't read this book, despite the fact that I had purchased it the day it came out and it sat in our bookshelf for months.

So finally I got around the reading it to him, and he really enjoyed it. My son b
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
The premise is interesting and the way that they categorized the magic is definitely different. There were some vague similarities to Harry Potter and other series that are similar. However, it was very different with the military setting. There were some things that pushed the boundaries of me being able to suspend myself within the story. For example, you would not be able to have kids waiting in line to use two spell books since spells initially have to be read in order to be used until they ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was difficult to get through. It was quick but it was hard to focus on.

The MC was angry ALL. THE. TIME. and that doesn't look like that's going be letting up any time soon, what with the way the book ended. It's exhausting reading that and feels very one note and flat. The majority of the side characters had more depth then the MC and that's not saying much. I know this is a middle grade novel but come on; kids are complex too.

That being said, the ages everyone was supposed to threw
Laura Mauro
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
*I got this book for review for my honest thoughts* I gave this 3.5 stars for review*
I really enjoyed this read. I really loved the school setting and the world that this story was set in. I was impressed with the characters arcs and how this book went in a direction I did not expect of predict. I really liked how this book focused on one characters POV minus for a few situations. I thought the end of this book was bit rushed and had a massive info dump towards the end. I really am excited for b
Hannah Belyea
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Months after his father is taken by one of the mysterious creatures that attack D.C, Fort is invited to a school where he will learn magic capable of defeating the beasts - but when he begins learning all of the dark secrets lingering at the academy, he finds himself questioning his place as the threat of another attack looms. Riley has begun what is sure to be an action-packed thrill ride that will keep readers on their toes. What sort of spells will it take for Fort to get his revenge on the c ...more
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