The Revenge of Magic: The Future King – Book Review

The Revenge of Magic: The Future King by James Riley

Synopsis:
Dealing with monster attacks and his missing father has been hard enough for Fort Fitzgerald in his first month at the Oppenheimer School. But there’s another school for magic, this one in the United Kingdom, that’s about to create even bigger problems.

Six of the Carmarthen Academy students found themselves lost in time when they first started learning magic. Now they’ve returned, with news of a coming war that the students claim only they can stop.

But their new plan for the world might lead to an even worse future, one that Fort and his friends are destined to help bring about, no matter how much they might want to fight it.

Can Fort change the future that the Time students have already seen play out? Or is he destined to pay for his past mistakes for all of time?

Review:
The Future King is the third installment in this fast-paced, fantasy, adventure series for middle readers. This latest novel is adrenaline-filled from beginning to end. And though action-packed, I do wish there was the same amount of character development as before. This was the first time I kept getting a few of the minor characters confused with each other. But the story certainly moves along to a surprising, big finale. And, as before, the next in the series can’t come soon enough. This is a solid series with an engaging and unique world of magic.

Received in March

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

Amazon / 47 North:
Now, Then, and Everywhen by Rysa Walker

Del Rey:
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition by Rae Carson
The Fall of Shannara: The Last Druid by Terry Brooks
The Last Human by Zack Jordan
Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

Disney Hyperion:
Chasing Helicity Through the Storm by Ginger Zee
Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
Brightly Woven: The Graphic Novel by Alexandra Bracken

Harper Teen:
Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi

Harper Voyager:
The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag

Little, Brown:
Sword in the Stars by Cori McCarthy
Hawk by James Patterson

Macmillan Children / Feiwel and Friends:
The Challenger: Contender Book 2 by Taran Matharu
True or False by Cindy L Otis

Norton Young Readers:
Brightstorm A Sky Ship Adventure by Vashti Hardy

Saga:
Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang

Scholastic:
Wings of Fire: Legends: Dragonslayer by Tui T. Sutherland

Simon and Schuster Kids / Aladdin:
The Revenge of Magic: The Future King by James Riley

Subterranean Press:
Edited By by Ellen Datlow
Dispersion by Greg Egan
In the Shades of Men by Robert Jackson Bennett

Tor:
A Broken Queen by Sarah Kozloff
The Last Emperox by John Scalzi
Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott
The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer

Viking:
A Phoenix First Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell

Shorefall – Book Giveaway

Courtesy of Del Rey, I have a copy of Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett for one lucky winner!

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Titans: The Complete Second Season – Blu-Ray Review

Titans: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray + Digital)

Synopsis:
In season two, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar, and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface, everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

Review:
Season 1 of Titans introduced all of the characters and gave us the main villain of Trigon. This season, the main villain is Deathstroke, the seemingly unkillable assassin. I enjoyed this season a lot more, and not just because the Deathstroke was more than just one-dimensional. There was a lot going on. It actually felt like more than 13 episodes. There was a lot of story told in the past, when we get to meet Aqualad, however briefly. And we learn about Dick’s sins of the past as they come back to haunt the current team of Titans. And we’re introduced to a couple of new Titans (who happen to be favorites of mine) – Rose and Conner, who both have some deep-seeded daddy issues.

The strength of this season is definitely the character development, as the story can be a little convoluted and hard to follow at times. There is definitely some adult content, though it could easily be cut out and not necessary to the story. As a team this new group of Titans have yet to really come together except for a couple scenes. I hope that season 3 will continue the strong character writing and give the team a foe that can handle them all teaming up. I’m enjoying the direction this team is going.

Book Giveaway: A Phoenix First Must Burn

Courtesy of Viking, I have a copy of A Phoenix First Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends April 10. I’ll draw a name on April 11, and notify winner via email.

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Book Giveaway: The Last Human

Courtesy of Del Rey, I have a copy of The Last Human by Zack Jordan for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends April 10. I’ll draw a name on April 11, and notify winner via email.

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