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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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  • Alex
  • Canada
  • 09-21-16

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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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?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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. <br/><br/>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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Charming alt-world magic school story.

Overall, I think this book is quite good. I have no problems with the book, but did notice I was not FULLY captivated the entire time I read it which is why I give it a 4/5.

Things that the book did extremely well -
Humans from earth travelling to other magical worlds is a fun concept but generally falls into one difficult issue: how to characterize the MC on earth while not developing any lingering attachments that would create plot holes. The author succeeds excellently in succinctly delivering the MC's character explanation and a solid reason why MC would not need/want to return to earth.
Generally, the advantages of alt-world MC's are derived from unrealistic depth of knowledge of earth technology. The MC constantly mentions these things but does not have any ridiculous insights in industrialization of a medieval society.
Also, I particularly loved all her interactions with her princess friend - the author makes a point to compare cultural values and the effects magic may have on otherwise one-sided moral choices.

Pretty solid book, I suggest a read

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

27 of 33 people found this review helpful

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Excellent!

I love Tavia Gilbert as a narrator! She makes every novel I listen to exciting!

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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.

11 of 16 people found this review helpful

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This series is outstanding!

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.

15 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • jen b
  • 04-07-17

too many harry potter references and far too long

struggled to finish it 50 chapters filled with alot of drivel the constant harry potter references where in needed

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • J. Hardy
  • 10-29-16

Brilliant

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I loved this book, and would recommend to anyone who loves a great magical story paired with a fabulous female lead. Towards the end I couldn't leave it, and listened at every opportunity. The end didn't disappoint and will definitely be putting the next 2 books in my library.

What other book might you compare Schooled in Magic to, and why?

I think this is a mix of all the best stories I have read, Harry Potter, Lord of the rings, shannara, amongst others.

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

Tavia brought the characters to life, her voice changes were brilliant.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not a particular moment but I did like the gradual development of Emily's character and strength.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • R. L. Doignie
  • 07-30-17

Written for young adults??

I don't know if this book was intended for teenagers rather than adults but I found it more suited for that age range. Interesting enough that I listened to the full book but won't rush to listen to the rest of the series

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  • Paul
  • 10-12-16

Average book, narrator seams to be going through an anxiety attack

The book is quite poor and generic. Autor explains everything to you using the narrator instead of using plot and character interactions so it gets tedious.

The narrator sounds like she's a kid on the 1st Disney visit, a mix of excitement and anxiety.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs Murray
  • 10-31-17

Already ordered the next one

I really am enjoying this book! I'm about to finish it, so have downloaded the next one despite me having other audio books to listen to.

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  • Deborah Crockard
  • 10-27-17

terrible book - not the readers fault

This book was borderline ok in terms of story but the amount blatantly just lifted from other fiction, unashamedly so, was shocking. 

I also personally felt insulted by the authors insidious disregard for, or complete ignorance of atheism. A whole rambling thought process of Emily's on how people from her world all believed in some sort of afterlife and if you didn't you had no morals! What a load of actual nonsense. 

Also the idea that the worst thing that could happen to a girl at school was slut shaming or actually being a slut made it so painfully obvious that this was written my a man with no real comprehension of what being a girl or woman is like.

Additionally, the authors own dissatisfaction with his education seeps out of the pages like a bitter poison. Not everyone's experiences of education are so perversely negative- Emily as a character is so one sided in her experiences and understanding of "our world" that it's painful to read.

I haven't even finished this book yet but the further in I get the more I dislike it and the ideas it portrays.

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  • Mr
  • 10-13-17

Awesome

Loved it
Couldn't stop listening
The best audible book so far.

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  • Russell
  • 10-12-17

Amazing

A fantastic start to a series. Itching to find out what happens next and Join Emily on her journey.

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  • David
  • 09-20-17

Enid Blyton meets J K Rowling

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Think of this book as Enid Blyton meets J K Rowling. There is even how to escape from a locked room lifted directly from EB’s Secret Seven series. The author does not appear to have anything to say regarding the real world. The physical laws of the world appear to be change to make the plot work, a big no no for any Pratchett reader. If you are 12 years old then well written but a little formulaic. For any fantasy sci-fi reader there is nothing to make you think and no escapism.

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  • Luke
  • 07-12-17

great

very good book well worth the read griping I'm a bloke and I like this well deserved 5 star for the book and performance

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  • Samantha
  • 12-21-16

Bored

Couldn't get further than the first chapter. failed to hold my attention at all. Went on and on about how horrible her life was and that she'd amount to nothing, must have mentioned it ten times. Narrator was quite good though, she tried.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sophie
  • 10-09-16

I loved it. :-)

Narrator was fantastic and easy to listen to and the story kept me involved right through. I can't wait to start the second one!

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  • Carol
  • 10-10-17

love it

I originally chose to listen to this book because I love Tavia Gilbert as a narrator. And she did not disappoint. Tavia did a fantastic job.

The book itself was good. The story line was great but it was just a few little items that brought it down. Chapter 1 was really the most awkward chapter but then it got into a rhythm and the story flowed from there. Plus you can tell a man wrote this book. There is just a few examples where you go that is not how a woman/girl would do that.

It tells a story of a young girl Emily thrust into a completely world. in this new world, where she has lots of raw power. She uses her knowledge of her own world to understand the magic. she also brings brings basic ideas from her old world which starts a chain reaction to improve the new world. in the meantime she is studying like mad and learns combat training as the necromances and other baddies are after her.

The characters are done well. The storyline was good. And narration was well done

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  • Leonie
  • 05-20-17

loved it

good pace characters and plot
a good read or listen in this case
looking forward to book 2

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  • Rachael
  • 01-17-17

Rubbish

What a waste of time. Too much detail. Couldn't get into it. Needs to keep it a bit simpler for people like me who like a good yarn.