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Publisher's Summary

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Charles Grayson on 11-26-16

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Russell David Phillips on 10-11-16

KEEP GOING! The last 2/3 is MUCH better.

Any additional comments?

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.

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.

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14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ethan on 12-21-17

Fantastic book! Immediately brought book 2!

What did you like most about Schooled in Magic?

Completely immersive story, I felt like I was with Emily all the way through and wanted nothing more than to be transported to this other world with her. The magic used is much more complex than other books and stories regarding magic.

What did you like best about this story?

I really liked the fact that the writer acknowledged that if someone was really transported to another world they would indeed use ideas, inventions and concepts from earth; Not only to capitalise on them for financial gain but also to improve the new world they had found themselves in.

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

Listening to a book rather than reading it brings the story to life In so many ways. Tavia is brilliant at making each character stand out by changing her voice and tone so it almost sounds like multiple people are reading this book rather than just one narrator.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Reinventing magic!

Any additional comments?

If I was the author of this book I would take out all the Harry Potter references apart from the one about Quidittch. I found them extremely irritating and kept waiting for the next one with a sigh of frustration. They are just not needed at all and don’t bring anything to the story.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By J. Hardy on 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.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
By Samantha on 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.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sophie on 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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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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