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
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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).
"mediocre at best."
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.
"Still unexpectedly interesting"
What can I say? This series is still unexpectedly interesting. Can't wait until the next book.
"I got through the whole thing"
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.
"Can't get enough!"
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
"About the books"
I have fallen in love with the story line. can't wait to hear the next book.
I really enjoyed this book and looking forward to the next! Definitely recommend to all.
"Good story, very good narrator..."
and very interesting, though not as good as the first book, mainly because of just plain too many references back to the first book.
I enjoy the narrator very much and the details put into the story to bring the new world to life.
I'm looking forward to the next book.
I keep asking myself if magicians with wands aren't good at magic in this land is a jab at Harry Potter?? LOL
"bright, witty, a complete joy"
Love the characters, the plot, the intrigue and the layers of life in a strange world by young girls growing into strong women who may be a bit unsure of how to go about bettering their native or adopted world yet wanting only to better their world and themselves. new characters are added and make you wonder "now what?". Never boring, clever continuity and friends who become allies who may shape their world as well as themselves whether society wants them to or not. Mystery and honesty. Loyalty and trust. Friends wo question and a whole lot of enemies.
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