Review: A Far Wilder Magic

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I have a type. I try to be as fair as possible with all the books and review copies that I read, but at a point you just have to be honest with yourself and know what you like, and for me, it is A FAR WILDER MAGIC’s exact brand of YA Fantasy. Atmospheric, moody, character driven, and set in a indeterminate time period (but definitely gave off early 1900s-steampunk vibes). This stuff is my catnip, and I had a feeling this one would be a personal favorite. I felt like this book channeled the energy of some of my favorite authors and books, like Katherine Arden and Maggie Stiefvater. The atmospheric qualities to this book absolutely solidified this read for me. Admittedly on the slower-pace end of books, the writing allows for readers to have the time to get to know this world and relationships in a very character driven way. I actually liked the slower pace of this book, and felt that I had time to settle in and observe the intricate details that Allison Saft wove into this story, and enjoy the evolving relationships between characters.

Maggie was a character that I admired right off the bat and spent the rest of the book falling for. She was such a driven, fierce, independent character that I couldn’t help but want the best for, and seeing her opposite Wes (my love!!) made for one of my favorite Sunshine x Grump pairings ever. Wes and Maggie carved out little piece of my heart, and I’m fully happy they’ve got a place there.

Beyond the characters and the (gorgeous, gorgeous) writing, this book ran off of aesthetics and vibes like you wouldn’t believe. You know when people say they want their life to feel like a Ghibli movie? This book is like Ghlibli Movie meets The Scorpio Races (idk how else to explain it, you just gotta read it to get it), which effectively made this an instant favorite and addition to my bookshelf. If you’re like me and think this would be something up your alley, definitely grab it from a bookstore or library.

I pinky promise this one won’t disappoint.

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