Friday, July 3, 2020

The Revenge of Magic #3 :The Future King by James Riley

The Future King (The Revenge of Magic, #3)My name is Rachel, and I've been pulled into a battle to save the world along with Jia and Fort. Some students at a London school have Time magic, and they've told us about a future of famine and war unless we get the book of Spirit magic. However, we don't know where to find it, and we're sure the students aren't telling us everything. Then, Fort said he was given conflicting warnings about the future from Cyrus and some old man, but we're not sure if any of it will help or hurt our predicament. The immediate problem is keeping the city of London from going up in dragon flames, but the solution may be worse than that. Using Spirit magic to stop the dragon could cause another world war!

You should probably read the first two books in the series before reading this one. Time magic was more important this time, as the characters considered different decision options and the potential consequences. I wasn't crazy about the frequency of time-traveling, as characters briefly jumped to the past or future. The students even used it as a "weapon", as they seemed to disappear or dispatched other characters to other times. There appeared to be a main antagonist, but it fluctuated as the plot moved along, especially in the second half of the book. Experienced readers know to be alert when a character seems to be keeping secrets, and the main characters in this book were clearly aware the other students weren't being totally open. Fort's character was fun to watch, as he was the least powerful of the protagonists. He was the main character and has gotten really good at using the portals he creates. It was amusing to see how quickly he could open and close them to manipulate other characters or objects. Overall, The Revenge of Magic is an entertaining series, and I recommend you give it a shot. It seems like each book will feature a different kind of magic, so I'm curious to see which one is next.

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