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Elaine is an orphan girl who has grown up in a world where magical ability brings power. Her limited talent was enough to ensure a magical training, but she's very inexperienced and was lucky to get a position working in the Great Library. Now, the Grand Sorcerer - the most powerful magician of them all - is dying, although initially that makes little difference to Elaine; she certainly doesn't have the power to compete for higher status in the Golden City. But all that changes when she triggers a magical trap and ends up with all the knowledge from the Great Library stuffed inside her head. The knowledge locked away in the Great Library was meant to remain permanently sealed and letting it out could mean a repeat of the catastrophic Necromantic Wars of 500 years earlier. Elaine is forced to struggle with the terrors and temptations represented by her newfound knowledge, all the while trying to stay out of sight of those she fears.
But a darkly powerful figure has been drawing up a plan to take the power of the Grand Sorcerer for himself; and Elaine, unknowingly, is vital to his scheme. Unless she can unlock the mysteries behind her new knowledge, there is no hope for those she loves, the Golden City, or her entire world.
©2013 Christopher Nuttall (P)2017 Tantor
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By Trudy Owens on 07-07-17

a decent stand-alone story, no fairy tale ending

Rated R for mild, pervasive, sex talk and scenes.

THIS is a totally different Nuttall tale. Everything seemed like a different author, which is great when the author changes genre directions. However, this could be Emily's world (Schooled in Magic) centuries after Emily. Elaine is another mildly magic girl who receives an infusion of power beyond her innate abilities, but she is more grounded than Emily and displays none of Emily's annoying waffling over love interests or what she wants to be.

The bookworm concept is wonderful! Elaine's acceptance of her situation, and then her willingness to sacrifice herself to save the world if necessary are good character development. The outcome of the story is believable and satisfying and not your typical fairy tale. This book stands alone or could have sequels.Not for children despite the genre.

The narration is very not-American, pleasant and easy to listen to.

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By Sgcat on 07-26-17

could not stop listening!

great story line with many twists and turns. the narrator was fantastic. she change of tones made the book come alive!

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By Kindle Customer on 10-08-17

Unusual magic

Very much enjoyed, narrator read beautifully
Bringing the story alive, wonderfully constructed
Story with some very good character s recommend

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