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Schooled in Magic

Lu par : Tavia Gilbert
Série : Schooled in Magic, Volume 1
Durée : 15 h et 54 min
Catégories : Anglais - Teens, Ages 13 & Up
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Emily is a teenage girl pulled from our world into a world of magic and mystery by a necromancer who intends to sacrifice her to the dark gods. Rescued in the nick of time by an enigmatic sorcerer, she discovers that she possesses magical powers and must go to Whitehall School to learn how to master them. There, she learns that the locals believe she is a "Child of Destiny" - someone whose choices might save or damn their world, a title that earns her both friends and enemies.

A stranger in a very strange land, she may never fit in to her new world, and the necromancer is still hunting her. If Emily can't stop him, he might bring about the end of days.

©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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  • Russell David Phillips
  • 11/10/2016

KEEP GOING! The last 2/3 is MUCH better.

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When I first started this book the beginning seemed rushed and unpolished. Then as I get a little further it seemed WAY too similar to harry potter. BUT I['m glad I kept going. That was just the beginning setting the stage part of the book. After that the author seemed to find his stride and their own voice. The last half was way better then the first. And the 2nd book was even better. I have to give it only 3 stars for the Story but in reality it's like 2 stars for the first third and 4 stars for the last 2/3.

So get the book. Get past the beginning and you will be happy. I'd recommend to the author rewriting the beginning some. I'd imagine many of the bad reviews are from people who got ticked off at the beginning and didn't want to keep going. But I've finished the 2nd book now and I'm so glad I kept going.

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  • Charles Grayson
  • 26/11/2016

Neurotic Heroine

Yes, the book borrows a lot of the world-building from Harry Potter, but the author's goal seems to be to repair some of the flaws he saw in the Potter world, based on some of our protagonist's sarcastic comments about the books. There aren't otherwise many original ideas here.

I found it hard to like our protagonist, Emily. She's neurotic, insecure, and is overly concerned about what others think of her. Her social skills are poor and lacks anything like a sense of humor; anyone who teases her sends her into paroxysms of guilt and despair.

Still, she's smart and has an implausibly good knowledge of history and science for someone still in high school and these are the key to her success, rather than bravery or martial skills.

It's a fine series for mindless entertainment; I listen the stories as I do housework and this one doesn't demand a lot of my attention.

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  • Natalie C
  • 24/08/2016

Not Harry Potter! AND THAT'S A GOOD THING!

It's inevitable to compare this book to Harry Potter. They are both in the Magic School Genre and the main character is considered a "Chosen One"

But this title stands on its own due to its smart and independent heroine and the time the author takes to explain the book's magic system and world building.

If you go into this book hoping for a romance, you might be disappointed. As the first book deals more with Emily getting used to the world she's transported to and the new school she's enrolled in.

I particularly enjoy how Emily uses her knowledge of modern technology to make waves in this new magical world.

If you're into characters from our world using their know-how to improve the world they've been transported to, I think you'll like this book.

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  • Steph
  • 10/03/2017

Schooled in Magic

I'm really glad I found this book, series.... it's a great story, strong characters. The Narrator was really good, probably one of my favorite ones. I'll definitely be buying the next book in the series.

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  • Chris Holt
  • 27/08/2016

Intrigued enough to keep reading...

Mild Spoilers ahead...
I have mixed feelings about this. Considering there are 10 books in this series, it might be too early for me to be overly judgmental about this. I am not typically a harsh critic in this genre. I love magic fantasy. There's simply no way not to see this as a rather blatant Harry Potter rip off. If you're a HP fan then this will either annoy you or endear you. For me it was a little of both. It is possible to craft a story about a school of magic without ripping off JK Rowling. A good example is The Magicians series by Lev Grossman, which I adore. I will try not to draw too much comparison between this book and that one though because Nuttall would not fair well at all if I were to hold his writing to that standard. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this and I'm planning to dive into book two immediately because I'm intrigued enough at this point that I really want to know what happens with Emily next. But the writer has a few habits that I'm not fond of. He drastically over uses the term "snorted" for one. Let's talk some specifics...

The Good
Emily is very likable. Her character is sweet and caring and smart and she's a great strong female lead. The magic system used is clever and believable. I love the concept of mana and it's very reminiscent of role playing or of video game RPG. I enjoyed the detailed explanation of how spell craft works built upon spell components. The world building isn't bad either. The writer took the time to explain politics and relate that to the story in a way that truly matters.

The Bad
It steals from J.K. Rowling big time, right down to the grand master, the relationships between students and teachers, the school's defenses, the magical creatures classes, Marshal Magic parallels Defense Against the Dark Arts, Shadye parallels Voldemort, and many more blatant examples. The writing is a little bit lacking in that I wasn't nearly as captivated or drawn in as I would have liked. The battles were not as awesome as I would have liked. There was some sense of inconsistency with the aptitude of magical abilities. One minute Emily is a naive first year student who barely escapes capture by bumbling captors and just a few chapters later she's conquering a skilled necromancer in single combat by summing a black hole pocket dimension. It also felt a little too cute for me at times when I wanted it to be darker. I didn't really like Alassa at all. I wanted more character development from her roommates. I was also a bit disappointed in the grand master. I wanted way more badassery from him.

Overall though I did enjoy the story. I'm intrigued by Void. I hope to hear more about him in the next book. If you like magic fantasy fiction and you're willing to look past it being a poor man's Harry Potter, then I would recommend it.

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  • AmzCustomer
  • 22/09/2016

Great story, but couldn't stand the narrator

Sounded like she was constantly tense. This is one of my favorite books, but I can't stand listening to it. Please switch narrators, I know Stephen W Bennett did so for the Koban series, and it really paid off for him.

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  • Peggy Preiss
  • 28/03/2017

Compelling

Couldn't stop listening to the series then went in to read all available ebooks and now have to wait for next release. What information is to dangerous to share?

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 10/11/2016

Nuttall just finished reading Harry Potter

Eye rolling all around. They even treat excess magic use with chocolate. Then there are the blatant, literal mentions of Dumbledore and Harry himself. AND there's a reference to Stalker's Stalkers, placing this story squarely in The Fall of the Galactic Empire and The Empire's Corps universe (one of the students has an uncle who knew Major Stalker.)

And poor Emily frequently laments that the education system at home is severely lacking in practical courses like Gunpowder Making, Automotive Engines, Computer Creation, so she is left with introducing this new magical world to... wait for it... bras. If you've read anything by Nuttall, you know his opinions on American society, American education, and American families. Thankfully, there are no overly obvious lectures on these subjects, but the gist is still there.

Some adults will enjoy this book; indeed, the many reviews here prove that, but it is really a book for 9-year-old girls. Don't get me wrong; I enjoy good children's and youth books, but this is not satisfying to me. The characters are thin and flat. The combats are without tension or drama, and even when Emily is bested, it's not exciting. There are no strong teachers like McGonagall, and not even a strong bad guy like Malfoy, much less Snape or Voldemort.

If you want to see how a space opera author moves into YA fantasy, try Jack Campbell's Pillars of Reality. From Nuttall, I'm much more interested in learning whatever happened to the Childe Roland in The Empire's Corps.

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  • Alex
  • 21/09/2016

Schooled in Magic

Book 1
Very good story. Well written. Well narrated. Easy to listen to. Well worth a credit. I just bought book 2.

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  • Jeff
  • 31/01/2017

A chore to get through

Look, the overall story here still intrigues me, and I really wish that the performance and writing style were good enough that I could make it past the 2.5 hour mark, but they're not, and I can't. The voices she uses for other characters actually aren't half bad, but her general narration voice/voice of the main character is just obnoxious. It's very grating. As for the writing style, I can normally handle overly descriptive as long as we don't get into "Dostoyevsky taking a whole chapter just to describe a tavern" territory, but what I can't handle the main character wondering something about the world and the way it works and then saying "I'll just ask someone later". This device is employed at least 25 times in the first 6 chapters alone. Pacing is a real problem here. You'll get serious whiplash trying to keep up with it. You'll start making some good progress story wise, and then BAM! Fifteen minutes describing the beginning of one tutoring session and the working of one spell, then halfway through figuring out the second she starts talking about the last few months of training. It just skips months of training in one sentence! I had to stop and check that the app didn't randomly skip a chapter! My point is, for me, it was a very jarring read (or listen, rather), but if that stuff doesn't bother you, there could be a really interesting STORY in there somewhere.

TL;DR: bad narration/writing style, interesting story concept. Listen at own risk. Advise using free credit, not money.

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