Review: A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft

Author: Allison Saft
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Released: March 8, 2022
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: antisemitism, panic attacks, animal injury, and death

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I’ve been meaning to check out Allison Saft’s writing for quite some time. Naturally, that meant I jumped at the chance to read her latest novel, A Far Wilder Magic. It’s the best kind of young adult fantasy, and I just can’t get enough of it.

Margaret Welty was lucky enough to see something that most people would only ever dream of the legendary hala. Unfortunately, she knows that the hunt will soon follow in the hala’s wake. That is what happens.

Thus, Margaret decides to hunt the hala herself, for succeeding would change her life forever. It would give her family the money they need, buy a home, and so much more. There’s just one catch – she needs an alchemist to help. Enter Weston Winters. While he isn’t a fully-fledged alchemist, he is Margaret’s best chance at success.

“The more dangerous the monster, the more glorious the hero who slays it.”

A Far Wilder Magic is a truly stunning read. I had so much trouble picking a favorite quote to highlight from this novel, as there are so many that I will cherish. The writing itself is beautiful, and the words powerful – especially when backed by a story such as this.

The thing that hit me the hardest about A Far Wilder Magic is well – the emotional side of it. It’s weighted and isn’t willing to pull punches, creating a compelling story that tugs on the reader’s heartstrings. It’s a lot – and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The novel is split into two perspectives, Maggie and Wes. Switching back and forth between the two not only gave us a solid idea of the world – but a view of their budding relationship. Either perspective could have carried the story and made it enjoyable, but together they took it to a whole new level.

If you’re looking for a fantasy read with an emotional plot and characters that feel like they could walk right out of the pages, then please consider reading A Far Wilder Magic.

Thanks to Wednesday Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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