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