Rachel Griffin wants to know everything. As a freshman at Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts, she has been granted to opportunity to study both mundane and magical subjects.
But even her perfect recollection of every book she has ever read does not help her when she finds a strange statue in the forest - a statue of a woman with wings. Nowhere - neither in the arcane tomes of the Wise, nor in the dictionary and encyclopedia of the non-magic-using Unwary - can she find mention of such a creature.
What could it be? And why are the statue's wings missing when she returns?
When someone tries to kill a fellow student, Rachel soon realizes that, in the same way her World of the Wise hides from mundane folk, there is another, more secret world hiding from everyone - which her perfect recall allows her to remember. Her need to know everything drives her to investigate.
Rushing forward where others fear to tread, Rachel finds herself beset by wraiths, magical pranks, homework, a Raven said to bring the doom of worlds, love's first blush, and at least one fire-breathing teacher.
Curiosity might kill a cat, but nothing stops Rachel Griffin!
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Good, but . . .
L. Jagi Lamplighter wrote a great story and Shana Buck does a great job of voicing all the characters and catching the emotion. I really liked this book (I read it a couple of years ago and grabbed it when I saw in available on Audible), and it pains me to say it, BUT I can't entirely recommend this recording because of the poor sound quality. I don't know what kind of microphone Mrs. Buck was using, but her voice goes from tinny to airy to echo-y. From time to time you can hear air blowing across the microphone like someone just opened the door into the room, and it wasn't an intended part of the performance. The harsh reality is, given all the background sounds, the only way to fix the audio is to rerecord the entire thing from the beginning.
If you've read and loved the books, then you might consider picking up this, otherwise if this is your introduction to the series, I would advise you to read the books.
- Amazon Customer
Not what you think!
Entertaining, Inventive, Unexpected!
Unfortunately, a poor narration made is difficult to immerse myself in the story. The narrator reads as though she were telling a bedtime story to a young child, and frequently stumbles across long sentences. Finally, some of the accents are simply terrible, and it could become troublesome to distinguish one character from another.
I was very pleasantly surprised by The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin. While the summary and some common tropes of the genre may remind you of another series about a school of magic, there are a number of significant differences. First, Rachel's world is not our world. While magic is concealed from the masses, this is a world in which monotheism never developed. Although this is not particularly important to this story, I suspect it will play a role in future books. Secondly, the magic system was given a significant amount of thought by the author. Magic is intricately tied to different studies. Math, for example, is a necessary course for students planning to specialize in Thaumaturgy. Finally, this book sets the stage for something big - and not just a group of wizards gone bad, although it has that, too.
- Jeffrey A. Zitomer