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In the summer between second and third year at Whitehall, Emily accompanies Lady Barb on her rounds of the Cairngorm Mountains, bringing magical help to the locals and searching for new magicians. For Emily, tired and broken after the events of Study in Slaughter, it should be a chance to relax as well as to visit a new part of the Nameless World, to put her responsibilities aside and just be herself.
But the locals aren't quite what she expects, with problems of their own, and Lady Barb is a different person away from Whitehall. As children start to go missing and evil things are abroad in the night, Emily discovers that a deadly plot is slowly bringing the mountain community to the brink of disaster and that her oldest enemies are about to make a very unwelcome return.
©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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By Trudy Owens on 01-02-17

Series keeps getting better!

This is not my favorite series, but it has become enjoyable. The first and second books were somewhat annoying to me for the way-too-many references to Harry Potter and Star Trek and other similar stories. I prefer nods to other works rather than in-your-face mentions. And I found the narrator's shaky voice annoying too. Either she has toned it down or I have grown accustomed to it. This series is not as good as Harry Potter; the details do not flesh out the people or places; many things are just cut-outs rather than convincing. The main thing I question most is why, why would Emily think developing gun powder would be a good thing for this world.

But I have grown to enjoy the story and will finish the series. I keep hoping for answers to how this place fits into Nuttall's universe of Ed Stalker's Marines and the Galactic Empire. Stalker was mentioned in the first book, so the timing has to be contemporary, yet the Earth Emily comes from does not seem to be the one Stalker left, nor the one the Childe Roland is Emperor of. Emily does mention the "previous Empire" so it has led me to think that Earth actually did survive the fall much better than it seemed to be for the girls living there at the time of the fall.

Volumes 3 and 4 contain too much talk of sex and homosexuality for the youth that I deal with. That both exist is one thing; I just prefer more decorum. I would not recommend this for high school students or younger.

Again, the story has caught me, and I am curious to see who Emily becomes, and how things resolve there. I have many questions about the plot, and am anxious to see if they are answered!

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By Jack Cards on 04-23-17

Tavia Gilbert raises the bar

Her voices are so good that you forget that a female is the narrator when a male is speaking, There's nothing that interferes. with the story. I am now a number one fan! The story is a good one and has some moments of anxiety where you have no idea how the heroine is going to get through it. Good book!

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By Luke on 07-23-17

very great

amazing book best one yet definitely gripping would listen again great book great performance 5 star

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By bookfairy on 04-22-17

Adventurous and thrilling

A great audiobook and another brilliant adventure with Emily in the Schooled in Magic series.
I thoroughly enjoy these books.

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