Book Review: American Magic by Zach Fehst

Title: American Magic

By: Zach Fehst
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Thriller
Pages: 320
Release Date: August 20th, 2019
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books/Alloy Entertainment
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from Goodreads: In this fast-paced, international thriller, chaos erupts after a shadowy figure with ties to an elite and ancient society posts incantations on the dark web that allow people to perform real magic.

When an enigmatic message uploaded to the dark web turns out to contain an ancient secret giving regular people the power to do impossible things, like levitate cars or make themselves invisible, American government officials panic. They know the demo videos on YouTube and instructions for incantations could turn from fantastical amusement to dangerous weapon at the drop of the hat, and they scramble to keep the information out of the wrong hands.

They tap Ben Zolstra, an ex-CIA field operative whose history with the Agency is conflicted at best, to lead the team that’s racing to contain the dangerous knowledge—and track down the mysterious figure behind the leak who threatens that even more dangerous spells will be released one by one until the world as we know it no longer exists.

This sweeping, globe-spanning thriller explores the dark consequences of a question mankind has been asking for centuries: What if magic were real?

Review: The world is turned upside down when magic suddenly surfaces and it is only time before it is used as a weapon against America. The pacing in this story was way to quick. All of a sudden there is magic, and then the characters needed to capture this one girl who just happens to be really good at magic. How quick this all happened made me feel like I was missing a lot of back story and there as a disconnect with the characters. The story has a lot of potential, but I was left wanting more. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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