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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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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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amazing book best one yet definitely gripping would listen again great book great performance 5 star
A great audiobook and another brilliant adventure with Emily in the Schooled in Magic series.
I thoroughly enjoy these books.