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
I have been anxiously awaiting these books in audible format. The mere fact I'm purchasing every book in the series a second time should be some indication of my opinion on the quality of the tale.
Tavia Gilbert does a great job of differentiating the characters and brining he story to life. I hope she narrates the entire series
Some people have compared the book to harry potter (even the main character does at a times. Some even saying it’s a rip-off. However It is really not any more then every space opera book is a rip-off after all most space operas happen at least part in space, and normally have a hero fighting an arch enemy. The same holds here the primary location for the first book is a boarding school for teaching magic, the Protagonist does not know about magic on arrival thus this leads to other similarities. But it is not a rip-off. This work is distinct and worthwhile in its own right with its own unique concepts, world building and story arch (and to be honest with much, much smarter students and teachers). I highly recommend it.
Yet as it does have a similar environment as Harry Potter; So just as if you like one space opera book you will likely enjoy others. If you liked Harry Potter you will likely enjoy this book.
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.
Very well written.. Good read I recommend it to everyone.
I have heard her with other books and she brings a very believable person to life.
Very enjoyable.. When will book two be available.
I usually like young adult books and books with magic, so I thought this would be good.
Unfortunately we had to listen the main character slowly work out the logic of even basic things that occurred in her daily life, and the way the narrator spoke made it even worse. It sounded like she was describing something to a small child. I got annoyed and bored, and gave up after 4 hours.
I also thought it was strange that the main character repeatedly compared her situation to Harry Potter. She wondered if the headmaster's name would be Dumbledore, etc.
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.
I enjoy the book, but I personally could do without the many references to how other books in the genre got it wrong. If I wanted a series of book reviews, I would hit up Amazon. Once or twice is tongue in cheek but it got to a point where I started to think "oh here we go again" every time the main character started thinking about a book she had read back home. WE GET IT, SIR, YOUR FANTASY WORLD MAKES WAY MORE SENSE. If you can breathe through those sections, it's a worthwhile book, and didn't stop me from buying the 2nd book. And Tavia Gilbert never disappoints!
Was skeptical at forest, being an author I was not familiar with. But now I'm am in suspense waiting for the next one. Can't wait!
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