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I really enjoyed this book. One of the better magic school books I've read recently and thankfully not a hidden reverse harem, unlike many others. There were a few things I found frustrating especially the MC continuously underestimating the danger she was in. It made her seem rather daft.
A really interesting start to a series that flows well & is easily visualised, which is the mark of a good author. It constantly amazes me how authors can create a new take on an old theme. This world, where the elite are mages who create spells only on paper while no one else is allowed to read or write as they can destroy people & whole villages accidentally if they do, smacks of historical eras where knowledge was jealously guarded by religious groups & the nobility. But to have a new girl, a commonborn, who has never learned to read & write upset their power applecart is like the bright, intelligent few peasants who wanted or were destined for more than what their era allowed. The struggles & dangers of threatening a power structure (no matter how inadvertently) are similar, but the novel’s magical setting gives it an extra level of interest, as well as an insight into the challenges uneducated people have dealt with throughout history. Looking forward to the next
1 Star Couldn't finish the book 2 Stars Didn't really like the book, but was interested enough in the story to finish (Skipping great chunks) 3 Stars The book was okay, finished it and will consider reading more from the author 4 Stars Really enjoyed the book, will check out others by this author 4 1/2 Stars Loved the book, will immediately check out others by author, if asked will recommend book 5 Stars LOVED the book, will immediately check out all others by author, will pre-emptively recommend book to ALL my book friends
I loved it and expect I'll be rereading it again in the future. This book is a solid 4 and a half stars which I've bumped up to five as Amazon doesn't do half stars.
I very rarely give 5 stars but I just couldn't fault this book! I was looking forward to continuing the story each evening and even retired early to do so lol. This is now my new favourite author and have pre ordered book 2.
Yet another young-girl; coming of age and discovering magical powers, as a social misfit, whilst falling in love with the handsome Prince Charming, who is (obviously) physically, socially, and academically her superior. There's even a chapter (or more) on the unexpected Royal Ball / party and the resultant frock that may-or-may-not be acceptable. Gripping stuff. Cinderella much? Yet, somehow; even the plethora of all these ridiculously tired cliches could be forgiven in the context of the genre, due to firstly the setting & pace (brisk while not rushed) and secondly the interesting though (ironically) unmentioned possible allusion to Logos-like, power of The Word undertones; (spoken or written) for the magic; -were it not for the incessant infuriating, pace-undermining and interest-threatening first-person insecurities the main character constantly questions herself with. Quite how she can can ever decide what day it is or whether to breathe in or out first is a mystery, as she is so "tortured." Her love-interest indulgently rolls his eyes and declares her infuriating. I managed to finish the book, but constantly rolled mine and thought how tedious her small-mindedness was. Just get on with it already. Maybe by book two her confidence (very) late-blossoms, so she stops acting like an insecure 12 year old.
Nice world building and magical premise. Yet another 'magic school' setting needs it. What it would also need is depth, intelligence and maturity that it is so clearly lacking. The author has not given this much thought, all too obviously, except perhaps to pace the narrative so as to keep you reading along (lesson 102 in creative writing class).
To be fair it's no hardship to let the book take you, but its shallow immaturity leaves you with a feeling that 12 year olds are in charge... I think I may have detected half-hearted efforts here and there to build depth! There's alot of much better stuff out there, and this too trite to invest in follow ups. Overpriced!
Wasn't sure I would read this book at first, but so glad I did. I have really enjoyed reading about a young girls struggles in a university meant only for the elite. The dangers she has to cope with but also the good friends she has made. I have the second book and will be starting it next. I just hope it isn't to long to wait for the third and fourth books. At the age of 64 my memory isn't as good as it was. I have to say though, these kind of stories help me help keep me feeling young.
I fell in love with Cellier's fairytale series, but I was doubting if this would be my cup of tea. Until I thought about it a little longer and I was like: How can this not be my cup of tea? It's about the power of words, spoken, written and read. It's in a fantasy world with political issues. And there's a royal family and a handsome prince.
And the moment I started this book this morning, it felt like coming home. Cellier's writing style is easy to read and flows nicely. Her stories always have a good pace. They start in the middle of the action and then we follow the characters while their entire world is turned upside down. And this book is not different. And even though there is some world building to do, it's nicely woven into the story and it never feels like an info dump.
The world Cellier has crafted is also very interesting. There are a lot of political games going on that Elena, and therefore we as a reader, doesn't fully understand yet. But the glimpses in this book are only promising for the future books, when we're probably diving into that more. Apart from that, I like how Cellier plays with all the prejudice and the lack of knowledge the Mages and the commoners have of each other.
And although the plot of the story is fairly simple, in this book at least, the characters keep it interesting. Elena is an easy to identify with heroine. She's fierce and strong and witty, but she also learns when to keep her mouth shut and actually listens to good advice. And Lucas might still remain a mystery, I did like him from the very start and I can't wait to get to know him better. On top of that I like it that Elena actually has a few friends who she also really spends time with. Strangely enough, that feels kinda refreshing.
I'm really excited to order and get the next book in this series!