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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Lost Art of Magic by John Kovacich is a young adult novel with a heavy dose of fantasy to make it more interesting. Destiny Boutin knows her family once consisted of some great witches with unparalleled magical powers. However, things change just before her 16th birthday when she discovers magic is still very real. They become further complicated when Destiny releases it into the world and makes it accessible to some descendants of the magic wielders. Caught between a rock and a hard place, Destiny has no one who can guide her with her magic. Destiny not only has to learn to master magic, but she also has to be one step ahead of the people who are hellbent on destroying her. Can she find some guidance before it is too late?
The plot of the story is brilliantly composed and exceptionally executed. I am in awe of John Kovacich’s ability to write about time travel and magic. It is a tall order to fill but John Kovacich does it with incredible ease. The universe building is superb as well as his character development. Destiny proves to be an excellent student who learns to control her powers with the type of guidance she gets. The dialogues are brilliant, and the descriptions are just as good. I love how Destiny is not perfect; she has flaws, and that aspect makes her so likable. The Lost Art of Magic by John Kovacich is a phenomenal novel. Theresa Dale narrates the story with a passion. The cadence of voice and her enunciation are perfect for Destiny’s character. Ms. Dale performs with her heart and soul, bringing the story to life. There is a lyrical quality to her speech that makes the audiobook even more entertaining.