Today I will be reviewing A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft!
This book is a perfect blend of sunshine x grumpy, yearning, slow-burn romance, a whimsical setting and more !!
Title: A Far Wilder Magic
Author: Allison Saft
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: March 8, 2022
Publisher: Wednesday Books
For trigger warnings click HEREAnimal death and injury, antisemitism, nationalism and xenophobia, PTSD, neglect and emotional abuse by a parent, mentions of parental death, mentions of death of a child, graphic descriptions of blood and wounds.
A magical secret. A mythical hunt. And a love that could risk everything.
When Margaret Welty spots the legendary hala, the last living mythical creature, she knows the Halfmoon Hunt will soon follow. Whoever is able to kill the hala will earn fame and riches, and unlock an ancient magical secret. While Margaret is the best sharpshooter in town, only teams of two can register, and she needs an alchemist.
Weston Winters isn’t an alchemist—yet. He’s been fired from every apprenticeship he’s landed, and his last chance hinges on Master Welty taking him in. But when Wes arrives at Welty Manor, he finds only Margaret. She begrudgingly allows him to stay, but on one condition: he must join the hunt with her.
Although they make an unlikely team, they soon find themselves drawn to each other. As the hunt looms closer and tensions rise, Margaret and Wes uncover dark magic that could be the key to winning the hunt – if they survive that long.
In A Far Wilder Magic, Allison Saft has written an achingly tender love story set against a deadly hunt in an atmospheric, rich fantasy world that will sweep you away.
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Let me just start off by saying Allison Saft truly creates magic through her writing. Whether it be Down Comes the Night (her debut novel) or A Far Wilder Magic (her sophomore novel).
Margaret and Wes were amazing characters, and so were their stories.
Wes wanted to LIVE not just exist, but he also wanted to help out his family. He cared about others a lot so he decided to become a senator to do some good in the world. The only way he could do this was through an apprenticeship. Wes is one of those characters who are quite literally too good for the world, yet they’re the ones who suffer a lot. People called him lazy, foolish, selfish— sometimes even his own sisters did this, just because he refused to take the easy road and find a job that would not give him any fulfilment. Wes was everything a person can aspire to be— kind, hardworking, understanding, and more!
Margaret (or Maggie) on the other hand was somewhat the opposite of Wes. After the death of her brother, Maggie’s mother threw herself into work and completely neglected her daughter for long periods of time. This led to Maggie living alone most of the time, with only Trouble— her hound to keep her company. Maggie seemed closed off and very grumpy but that didn’t mean she wasn’t an amazing person. She cared about her loved ones a lot and is one of the strongest characters I have ever read about. She craved her mother’s approval and just wanted her happy family back. And to do this she needed to kill the hala with the help of Wes.
Both the characters were so well fleshed out and heartbreakingly relatable— it truly amazed me.
The setting and world-building was amazing and it was everything I wanted to read about in a book—forests, small towns, whimsical settings !! I loved it. Needless to say the romance was spectacular. Wes and Maggie’s love for each other was so big, that I was in tears by the end of the book. A Far Wilder Magic is the peak of slow-burn and yearning— nobody can convince me otherwise.
A Far Wilder Magic is more of an internal plot based novel, so if you like external plots A LOT then the enjoyment may be less— but I guarantee it would be amazing nonetheless !!
In conclusion, A Far Wilder Magic is a novel you didn’t know you needed. Packed with family, yearning, love, a whimsical setting and self-discovery— it is surely going to make you never want to put it down!
Do you like fantasy romances? Do you have any recommendations? Drop them in the comments below!!
Sending incoherent screams about how I need more Wes & Maggie content or I will literally combust!!