MMGM: The Last Dragon (The Revenge of Magic #2) by James Riley


ABOUT THE BOOK

Fort Fitzgerald can’t stop having nightmares about the day his father was taken from him in an attack on Washington, DC. In these dreams, an Old One, an evil beyond comprehension, demands the location of the last dragon. But other than some dragon skeletons dug up with the books of magic on Discovery Day, Fort has never seen a dragon before. Could there still be one left alive?

And weirdly, Fort’s not the only one at the Oppenheimer School having these nightmares. His new roommate, Gabriel, seems to know more than he’s letting on about this dragon as well. And why does everyone at the school seem to do whatever Gabriel says? What’s his secret?

Fort’s going to need the help of his friends Cyrus, Jia, and Rachel, if he’s going to have any chance of keeping the Old Ones from returning to Earth. Unless, the Old Ones offer something Fort could never turn down…


REVIEW

After the disasters that occurred in book one of The Revenge of Magic series, I figured book two would be just as exciting. And I was right.  Poor Fort, all he wants is to get his father back.  He never intended to end up at a magic school where his actions would nearly result in the Old Ones returning to earth to destroy humanity.  After their near escape, Fort and the other magic students have been moved to a back up location.  And despite everything that has gone wrong, Fort has been informed that his father might still be alive.  This leads Fort to more breaking of the rules in an effort to get him back.  But his friend Cyrus has warned him about things going wrong if he takes his friends with him and in an effort to protect them, Fort lies about his plans.  

After things blow up in his face, Fort is left isolated with only his new roommate, Gabriel, to talk to.  As he continues to work on his plans, Fort must decide just what price he is willing to pay to save his father, assuming it's even possible.  Especially with his friends, Sierra and Damien on the run, Jia and Rachel not talking to him, and Cyrus and Dr. Opps on their way to another magic school in the United Kingdom.  When things blow up in Fort's face, yet again, it's going to take every bit of courage, magic, and brains he and his friends can muster to stop the Old Ones from achieving their desires.

Once again, Riley has written a book full of ups and downs, twists and turns, and good and bad choices.  I was left really feeling sorry for Fort, and yet a bit critical as well.  On one hand, I could sympathize with his desperate desire to get his father back.  On the other hand, he seemed all to willing to wreak all kinds of havoc to achieve his ends.  Never having been one to buy into the whole idea that the ends justify the means, some of Fort's actions are troubling.  Yet considering he's a teenager who has been seriously traumatized and struggles with major guilt (for no good reason, he couldn't have saved his father in the beginning), he does the best he can to protect his friends and minimize the damage.  But there is no way he could have foreseen (not even with Cyrus's help) just how wrong things are going to go.  

The author's note at the end of the book didn't help me feel better for poor Fort and company either as he indicates that things are going to get a lot worse for Fort and friends.  I'm eager to get my hands on book three in order to find out whether Fort and his friends can somehow survive the coming mayhem. Guess I'll have to go find some other James Riley books to read while I wait.

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