In the summer between second and third year at Whitehall, Emily accompanies Lady Barb on her rounds of the Cairngorm Mountains, bringing magical help to the locals and searching for new magicians. For Emily, tired and broken after the events of Study in Slaughter, it should be a chance to relax as well as to visit a new part of the Nameless World, to put her responsibilities aside and just be herself.
But the locals aren't quite what she expects, with problems of their own, and Lady Barb is a different person away from Whitehall. As children start to go missing and evil things are abroad in the night, Emily discovers that a deadly plot is slowly bringing the mountain community to the brink of disaster and that her oldest enemies are about to make a very unwelcome return.
©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2016 Podium Publishing
This is not my favorite series, but it has become enjoyable. The first and second books were somewhat annoying to me for the way-too-many references to Harry Potter and Star Trek and other similar stories. I prefer nods to other works rather than in-your-face mentions. And I found the narrator's shaky voice annoying too. Either she has toned it down or I have grown accustomed to it. This series is not as good as Harry Potter; the details do not flesh out the people or places; many things are just cut-outs rather than convincing. The main thing I question most is why, why would Emily think developing gun powder would be a good thing for this world.
But I have grown to enjoy the story and will finish the series. I keep hoping for answers to how this place fits into Nuttall's universe of Ed Stalker's Marines and the Galactic Empire. Stalker was mentioned in the first book, so the timing has to be contemporary, yet the Earth Emily comes from does not seem to be the one Stalker left, nor the one the Childe Roland is Emperor of. Emily does mention the "previous Empire" so it has led me to think that Earth actually did survive the fall much better than it seemed to be for the girls living there at the time of the fall.
Volumes 3 and 4 contain too much talk of sex and homosexuality for the youth that I deal with. That both exist is one thing; I just prefer more decorum. I would not recommend this for high school students or younger.
Again, the story has caught me, and I am curious to see who Emily becomes, and how things resolve there. I have many questions about the plot, and am anxious to see if they are answered!
I've really enjoy this series. I usually don't enjoy books where the protagonist is transported from Earth to another planet, but this author ties it into the story line through out the series in a believable manner. The magic system is "somewhat" novel, but it is still believable, or at least makes sense. I like it when preforming magic has a cost, like you need extra sleep after doing a lot of it, and this one does. I also like how the protagonist learns to use the magic in class and on the road. The books can be a little slow, but it's not too bad. The Narration is excellent. I completely forgot there was just one narrator, instead of a bunch of people speaking their part. I think the charicters are believable. There's very, very little young romance in the books, really just a little talk about relationships and discussions about boyfriends in the books, which is another positive thing about the series. I recommend this series if there's nothing else you're dieing to listen to. I also expecially recommend this series to teenage and young adult woman. And it's rare for me to recommend a series targeted towards woman, since I'm a man in his fifties, though I do like books of all age ranges.
If you like the series, you'll like this book 4. Emily gets a summer job working with Lady Barb as a healer. She sees more of the Nameless World and runs into another necromancer. Well worth a credit.
With each story we see that mixing earth concepts and magic can have mixed results. Watching Emily grow with each challenge is very addicting.
Mr Nuttall is a very creative writer. And I say keep them coming!!!
This series can give Harry Potter a run for the money. I loved the interaction of the characters. The story stimulated my imagination.
Harry Potter and the schooling he receive.
This book made me very happy, sad, intrigued and above all relaxed.
after books 1 - 3 this book seamed like the author was distracted or trying to lay down key story parts that where hard to work into the plot. i look forward to book 5 to see if it is a better work now that a lot of story parts have been added in with this book.
I've been enjoying this series so far but I'm hoping that it won't end up destroying magic on this world and leaving it similar to the world that the main character comes from. Still I think readers should give this series a chance.
it is Fun and good read looking forward to the next book in the series
"Please finsh all the books"
Great book in the school in Magic tails when will the next one be out?
Just keep you gessing to what ealse she is going to interduce form a her time.
Yes but work keeps getting in the way.
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