Book Spotlight: A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft

Welcome to book spotlight where instead of giving you another book review, I’m just going to talk about books I’ve read recently that I enjoyed. Prepare yourself for the fangirl gushing.

A Far Wilder Magic is the second book by Allison Saft and it is just as mesmerizing and magic as Down Comes the Night.

While this story is about a hunt for a magical fox, it’s not really about the hunt. It’s similar to the way The Scorpio Races isn’t really about the races at all. It’s about the characters and the world and how they both overcome prejudices and their own limitations to prove who they are, both to themselves and to their world. I was a bit thrown off by the plot taking its time to get to the hunt and everything with the hunt happening all at once in a giant blur of action. But in the end, I didn’t mind. The Scorpio Races is my favorite book for a reason, and I love how much A Far Wilder Magic reminds me of it structurally. 

This book is also reminiscent of The Scorpio Races in the world-building. At times, I thought I could pinpoint which time period this book takes place—or maybe which one it is inspired by—and other times it felt a bit timeless with its own sense of place. There were a few details here and there that threw me off that I didn’t like, but for the most part, I enjoyed how the author mixed and matched historical details with fantasy aspects to create something new. The world feels real and lived in. The author has such beautiful writing that the details and descriptions really come to life. 

I love that the focus of magic is alchemy. I thought the descriptions and explanations were well done and it reminded me so much of Fullmetal Alchemist, in the best possible way. 

Allison also has a knack for writing romantic tension and the relationship in this book nearly killed me with all the back and forth about how they feel toward each other. Like I just wanted to grab them both and say, “Just kiss already!” But I feel like the tension worked well with how the plot unfolded so having them get together earlier in the book would have spoiled the story.

This isn’t your typical YA fantasy, and I don’t think it should be. I enjoyed it for the slower pace and the lingering tension between the characters and the way the plot and magic and romance unfolds altogether.

A Far Wilder Magic does include mature content, such as language, sex, and violence, so I would recommend this for an older YA audience.

~Thank you to the publisher for providing an early digital copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.~
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