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The Gordian Knot

Schooled in Magic, Book 13
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Series: Schooled in Magic, Book 13
Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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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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Performed well, no real content

I enjoyed the performance, after listening to the last 12 books I really don't want to quit the series now, but nothing really happens in this story. She goes to school and has trouble with her friends until right near the end when there is a fight.
Certainly disappointed after the previous stories in the series.

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  • Jane
  • Adelaide, South Australia
  • 10-05-2019

No conclusion

I sometimes have problems with males writing as females, there is a slightly skewed understanding which makes it jarr on the mind. This book was so convoluted that it lost coherence. I skipped much, the only one I have done this with so far. Also there was no resolution at the end. So disliking this I am not sure I will bother with the next book. Also why would any female introduce gun powder. Totally bizarre in my mind the other things yes. Also the total disrespect for education system. It has many failings, though a lot are imposed by a bureaucracy, that drains the souls of educators with totally unrealistic and incredibly heavy work loads. Not a fan of this book. His other books in the series have been intriguing and I enjoyed them this was just annoying.

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love it<br />

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

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  • Zergling For Hire
  • 29-04-2018

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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  • S. Toland
  • 02-05-2018

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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  • Sean Oliver
  • 29-04-2018

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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  • Sana Quijada
  • 04-05-2018

Gratuitous cussing

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

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  • Paula
  • 22-06-2019

Amazing!...

After a few books with tiresome stories, I have to admit that this book has surpassed itself ... The plot is wonderful, although I did not appreciate the end ... How is it possible after all that passed, Emily simply abandon everything?

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  • Nor D.
  • 14-03-2019

This is by far the worst book of the series so far

Emily wishey-washes her way throughout the story and is annoying in the extreme in her indecision to address any particular problem. I'm only about 2/3 of a way through the book and I'm not sure if I'll bother to finish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-2019

Good not great

this book was a solid sorry ad had a pretty good twist assumed the end but some parts were lacking. The plot was underwellming at times and I felt like I was waiting for something to happen that never came. All in all it was a good set up for the next book though.

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  • Adam
  • 29-01-2019

By far the worst book in the series

The series is amazing and the last book was probably my favourite of all of them.

And then it's followed up by this snooze fest. The plot is thin and boring. I am so extremely disappointed.

Emily is kind of becoming a terrible person, but I don't think the author does it on purpose. She is arrogant yet weak, says she hates bullies but protects her friends no matter what they do, she doesn't want power yet is kind of power mad. She acts like she's thirteen again. She is more imature as a senior than she was as a firstie. She has killed necromancers, monsters, and people, she has been to war, travelled through time, seen the worst horrors and survived. And yet she doesn't grow up. Not one bit. It drives me insane.

The narration is one of the few bright points. The sections regarding soul magic is really interesting and the villain was interesting but I kind of hate we got to see so little of him.

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  • Delinda
  • 19-08-2018

Some good, some meh

It wasn't really great. Ít was different. It felt like 100 pages of fluff with abou pages of good reading. Slow and boring in some spots. Good in others. Not sure if to recommend or not.

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  • John
  • 20-06-2018

not as good as previous books

this book was very disappointing compared to the previous books in this series. why all the F bombs too? it feels out of character

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  • Edward J. Clark
  • 30-04-2018

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!!