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Publisher's Summary

The post of Head Girl of Whitehall looks fantastic on anyone's resume. It places the lucky winner on equal terms to the staff, granting them authority, power, and responsibility that no other student can even dream of possessing. A student lucky enough to win the coveted post is destined for greatness. Everyone will want to know their name.

Naturally, Emily doesn't want it. 

But when she returns to Whitehall for her sixth and final year, she discovers that the staff has elected her to the post - and refusal isn't an option. Worse, the Grandmaster wants her to run his pet project - a formal dueling club - even though it's the last thing she wants to do. Reluctantly, she starts to carry out her new duties, unaware that deadly enemies are waiting in the shadows, preparing themselves to strike at her when her back is turned. Someone is spreading rumors about her, someone is sabotaging her projects, someone is weakening the ties that bind her to Whitehall.

And, as matters start to spin out of control, as the life and soul of one of her closest friends is thrown into terrifying danger, Emily must decide between carrying out her duties or walking away, knowing that either choice will cost her dearly...and leave her alone at the center of a deadly storm.

©2017 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Almost nothing happened

Too much of the story that happened took place off the page. The writer clearly forgot the cardinal rule of writing stories. A story is about challenge and change. No change happened because of the story challenge and all the real events around the challenge happened off page. If this had happened earlier in the series I would have abandoned the author. There's only one book left.

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Gratuitous cussing

Gratuitous cussing
I love Christopher Nuttall but am disappointed in this book when he turned to gratuitous cussing.

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Worst book in the series possible candidate for worst on audible

The title pretty much says it all I don't want to spoil anything but know that it ends on a major cliff hanger after 13 hours of zero story progression or character development for any character definitely considering giving up on the series after this one have given every other book in the series 5 star reviews so that should say a lot as to how bad this one truly is!

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I should have just skipped this one.

it was the inconsistencies that made me not like the book. She keeps deciding something is vitally important, then completely ignores it! I felt like the entire book was being stretched out to fill space.

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Didn't like this book at all

The first 9-10 hours of this book was very frustrating because it was all bad news and no good news. Its like one of those movies where the good guy gets his but whooped for 99% of the movie and then in the last second turns the tide and wins except even that is taken from you cause the book has a to-be-continued ending. The plot was very predictable except for the who that I couldn't figure out until it was revealed. But the entire time i Kept expecting more and this book just didn't even get close to meeting my expectations even without comparison to the other books in the series. This ending left me with a very bad taste in my mouth and it wouldn't be the first time I've quit entire series over a bad book/ending such as this.
This one sucked so bad i don't feel like listening to any audio books at the moment. I'm not sure how long that is going to last (days,weeks, months).

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Little action and a cliffhanger

Disappointed with this one....not much conflict, no satisfactory conclusion and it ends in a cliffhanger, unlike any previous book.

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Bored

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend it. I loved the first 11 books in this series now it has gotten boring and a bit predictable.

What was most disappointing about Christopher G. Nuttall’s story?

I think the creativity has died. I couldn't even finish the book.

What does Tavia Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

At this point Tavia's performance is the only reason I started listening to this book as I started having issues from book 12.

Was The Gordian Knot worth the listening time?

It was not.

Any additional comments?

I wish I did not need to see one of my favorite series go down like this. I am very disappointed. Maybe I am being hard on this series maybe nothing has changed with this series and that maybe the problem. I have been listening to stories like kings dark tiding, stormlight archive, chaos seed and the way of the shaman. I have been spoiled into holding everyone's writing to that level. I have even come to regret listening to those books because listening to anything else will never be the same again. Emily is boring and there is little character development for her since we met her. Yes she kinda got over the issues with her stepfather who never actually touched her but this only happened after about 8 books? The only development she has made is in magic. Emotionally she is a child, who still has daddy issues. Her internal monologues seems to go on forever and circle around the same things. Void didn't tell her anything before he sent her to whitehall (Yes we know) that was 13 books and five years ago from her measuring of time. She has been and continues to be socially awkward, emotionally unavailable, insecure about herself as a person, her body and just broken. She still needs someone to hold her hand. Magical strength does not equal personal strength who wants to keep listening to a book about a girl who conquers powerful enemies but can't mature into an adult. If she was still 16 this would be fine but she is 21. All I can say is grow up a little please Emily I'm bored.

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used to be good

Schooled in Magic used to be one of my favorite series. 12 books 3 necromancers killed gone to war and thrown through time now we get half of a book of whining meek sad sack Emily while Freda acts like raging bully. The characters act like horrible stupid children the entire book it's completely awful The book just kept getting worse and then it ends with no conclusion.

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Get the Plot in Gear!

On its own, this is an okay story that shows how several of the main characters have grown and changed and sets up the next book quite well. The problem is that there is are so many loose end plot points from previous stories in the series that have barely been touched on, if they get touched on at all, since they were introduced. These include the dragon's cryptic warning when it drops Emily off at Whitehall, her oath with the faeries, the mysterious figures she briefly sees immediately after she defeats Shadye, and almost all of the prophecy the demon gave her at Mountaintop.

The series is becoming very drawn-out, and none of these really interesting plot points have been expanded on since Book 8. Overall the story here feels like it should be the main part of a larger story, rather than just standing on its own. There is nothing particularly bad about the book, but the fact that so many plot points have been left fallow makes me worry that the series itself is stalling.

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Emily's Saga

Android the song going tail it's very easy to follow and it's You coming fascinating to find out what will happen next and how Emily will solve her problems

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  • Edward J. Clark
  • 04-30-18

Not what I expected

I was disappointed with this book in comparison with the rest of the series, in my opinion it was almost like the writer had finished about 1/3 of the story that would be expected from the previous books in the series and then fluffed it up to make a whole book.... I hope that he gets back on track with the next book!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-18

love it<br />

loved this book. it left me wanting more and I can't wait for the next one.