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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Lost Art of Magic is a work of fiction in the urban fantasy genre. It is aimed at young adults, though I should warn that the book infers a scenario involving sexual violence that may be upsetting to some readers. Penned by John Kovacich, the story follows a young woman named Destiny, who discovers that magic is real and has been lost for generations. When she unintentionally releases it back into the world, the descendants of those who once wielded it gain access to the great power, and some will use extreme measures to hold on to their new gifts.
The Lost Art of Magic is chock full of exciting story elements and plot twists, from magic to time travel to changes of allegiance at pivotal moments in the plot. Destiny is a wonderfully relatable teenage protagonist, and her journey was very compelling reading, helped in no small part by the excellent prose writing of John Kovacich. The storytelling device of having Destiny enter the memories of her ancestors was a great way to provide exposition but keep the plot moving forward and exciting at all times. The scale of the story was ambitious but well-executed with great characterization keeping me invested in Destiny, Blake, Michelle, and even Nana as their fates slowly intertwined. The Lost Art of Magic is a wonderful take on fantasy literature that grounds its fantastical elements in a flawed but likable protagonist. I’d happily recommend this book to fans of young adult fantasy.