The Revenge of Magic by James Riley
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!
Fort Fitzgerald will do anything to find his father, and learning magic against all odds seems to be his only option. But something strange is happening to Fort. And everyone seems to blame him for the bizarre attacks. Even his teachers are against Fort staying at the school and learning anything.
The Revenge of Magic is the first in a new, inspired fantasy series for middle readers on up. The worldbuilding is intriguing and a fresh idea. The story is full of mystery, drama, betrayal, and suspense. This fast-paced novel was hard to put down and refreshingly unpredictable. Excitement and adventure builds to an surprising finale as Fort searches for answers. This first installment lays the ground-floor, and the sequel can’t come soon enough.