After completing her first year of learning magic at Whitehall School, Emily accepts an invitation from Princess Alassa to accompany her on her progress back to her home country of Zangaria, where the princess may meet her future husband. Alassa, who was a spoiled brat before she met Emily, wants to show off her friend - and impress potential suitors.
For Emily, it is a chance to relax and explore a world very different to Earth, meet new people and come to terms with her reputation in the Nameless World. After her defeat of Shadye, everyone wants to know her, to talk with her, to kill her or to marry her. For Emily, hardly a social butterfly, the experience is disconcerting. She was never seriously courted before, not on Earth.
And yet, as she sees more of the countries surrounding Whitehall, she feels more and more out of place. The locals come from a very different culture, one that is often strange and horrifying to her eyes. Even her friends seem different people in their homes.
But dark forces are at work, plotting to capture the princess, take power in Zangaria, and undo all of Emily's work. As all hell breaks loose, Emily may be all that stands between Zangaria and a return to the dark ages of brute force that threatened to lay the kingdom low once before. And if she fails, her friends will be just the first victims of a war that will rip the Allied Lands apart.
©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2016 Podium Publishing
This book seemed slow in areas. There were many repeated phrases or terms within the same paragraph and chapters (a pet peeve, makes my eyes twitch).
In my opinion, a good story evokes emotion. It'll make me laugh, angry, or cry. But it can't just be words on a page. It has to do something
What can I say? This series is still unexpectedly interesting. Can't wait until the next book.
The author has great ideas but fails to put it into words. The writing style lacks any creativity. For example; If you bought this book on Kindle and did a word search for "Emily flushed" you would get over a hundred hits. He has no other description for his main character getting embarrassed!
The narrator is rather overrated. She, just like the characters she plays, is a mediocre mess. She can only do two voices; the highborn snobby lady voice and the confused lowborn servant. Oh, and she does the exact same voice for all men! Overall she's kinda annoying.
This book is trying to be a Harry Potter set in a medieval world. It's wants to be a great classic fantasy hero story. It almost is! Yet the author struggles constantly with pacing, narrative and character development. It's simply mediocre and forgettable which is unfortunate considering the story's potential.
To end on a positive note... This is an improvement, written wise, over the first installment. And I will be buying the next book in the series because I hope he will continue to improve.
Please if you have a good book you want a review for let me know and send me a copy :)
I have been listening to this series continuously I love it and think everyone will.
I received this book free in return for a unbiased review.
struggled to get through. didn't really care for narration or story, but I don't really care for so much discussion about sexism in my books over and over and over again.
I stumbled on the first book by accident. By mid book I was hooked . Book two was full of surprises and turns super excited I know there is only one more audible book but I am okay with it because it so good I will read it
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