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Schooled in Magic (Schooled in Magic #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  2,233 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
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 the locals believe that she is a "Child of ...more
Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Twilight Times Books
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White_Fire The author says that Emily is a bit too disoriented in this book to think about romance, but he hints that there might be some later.

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Aaron Scott
Mar 14, 2014 Aaron Scott rated it did not like it
One of the worst books I've ever read.

Most of the ideas are copied from Harry Potter - there is a defense against the dark arts class led by a grizzly one eyed teacher, a magical creatures class, a headmistress that is stern but really kind once you get to know her, a game like quidditch but worse... it just keeps going.

The author refers constantly to other peoples work. I'll find an exact quote later (on my phone), but things like this are said every other chapter: " Harry Potter only.
Nov 02, 2014 Alaricus rated it really liked it
*Please read in movie-trailer voice!*

"From an author who doesn't give a crap about grammar comes a story
about Harriett Potter, a teenage girl from the 21st century. Sucked into a medieval world where magic solves everything (apart from indoor plumbing) and noone ever has sex, she enrolls at Hogwarts and sets out on a quest to bring all the advantages of modern life to this world (except indoor plumbing), including pollution and global warming, while fending off the advances of Slim Shady, the ev
Jan 25, 2015 Joana rated it did not like it
I try to keep an open mind when reading other books about schools of magic that aren't Harry Potter but this one drove me insane.

It was fairly entertaining until I realized how much was taken out of other books. But when I read " but that magical world suffered from a shortage of imagination " in reference to the Harry Potter world,I thought to myself if the author is trying to be funny, it is more disrespectful than anything else considering they stole so much from the world of Harry Potter.

Feb 01, 2015 Leah rated it it was amazing
more like 4-4.5 stars but the series was so addicting I had to give it 5.

first things first...Harry Potter
The 1st book really got me hating on it because of this. Not only because it DID rip off Harry Potter but also because it constantly said how Harry Potter missed this, lacked this, didn't go more into detail, or outright saying it was stupid - *not a direct quote* "it's stupid in Harry Potter to have such taboo on the death curses when the simplest spell can kill someone"

I have to give the a
Jon Abbott
Schooled in Magic, by Christopher Nuttall, is the first of a YA / fantasy / coming of age series that now reaches 10 books. I give this book 4 stars; I give the series 5 stars overall. I recommend it because of the action heroine with plenty of agency and great imaginary world building.

The premise: Emily, a young woman, is pulled from modern Earth to an alternative world with medieval-like features, due to a mistake as to her identity by a bad guy. Rescued within a day/chapter by a wizard, she i
Kristy Halseth
Mar 13, 2015 Kristy Halseth rated it liked it
This book could have gotten a higher score. I'm trying to avoid spoilers so I'm not as specific as I would like to be.

I'll start with what I liked because I think it is worth following the series and seeing if some of the problems improve. Because the story is actually interesting, enough so that I just purchased the second book.

The concept is a bit too Harry Potter meets Time Travel/Other World travel. But the author actually points it out, pokes fun at it, and tries to avoid to much overlap or
May 14, 2016 White_Fire rated it did not like it
This book... I admit that it looked like it was going to be good for a while. That is, at least, until I read through a few chapters and instantly realized "Oh no, it's a Harry Potter knockoff." Look... You're not going to look creative if you only rewrite what's already been written, okay?

But the problem wasn't that it was a knockoff. The problem was that it was such an incredibly boring knockoff. For starters, I couldn't sympathize with Emily at all. Call me cruel or whatever, but she was just
I DID IT! It took over two months, but finally I made it through this badly edited nightmare of a novel without any likeable characters or a complex world view.

Others have already mentioned that this girl-comes-to-a-magical-world-and-learns-magic-novel is a Harry Potter knock-off, but that isn't even the worst thing. It fails on basically all levels. Character building, world building, satire, commentary, basic science.

It really fails on gender issues:
Emily nodded in understanding. Most trans
Feb 14, 2015 Katarina rated it did not like it
To be honest, couldn't finish completely. I stayed with it so long because I liked the premise of the book. However, the main character was so annoying and got so increasingly frustrating to the point that I couldn't read without getting angry. Too many references to Harry Potter. Too much telling and not enough showing in the writing. Needed more editing to cut out irrelevant sections.
Oct 16, 2014 Marv rated it it was amazing
After reading the first few chapters I was sceptical and even pause for a fed days, but after resuming and really getting into the story, I'm engulfed and eager to read on in book two
Nov 24, 2016 Lara rated it really liked it
I've been wanting to read this book for a long time, and it worked out for me to listen to the audio this week. It's been a while since I read the blurb, so I was surprised when the book started out in our world. The entire beginning was unexpected. Nuttall has created a very complex world in this series, and it is full of those circumstances that don't make any sense to an outsider, but are accepted by those who have lived with them as normal. Because the heroine is an outsider, the world ...more
Andy Free
Nov 13, 2016 Andy Free rated it it was amazing
Finally, a book about magic where the author has put some thought into how magic might actually work! I know this may sound like a cerebral complaint, but a lot of writing involving magic is weak in that there are inconsistent rules or the writer breaks them when they get to an inconvenient plot junction, or invents a way out of the problem. The consistency and discipline of thought makes the magic in "Schooled in Magic" a lot more interesting. Nuttall is a strong character builder, also, with ...more
Sep 21, 2016 John rated it really liked it
It seems to me, reading the reviews on this page, that most people either love this book or hate it. I kind of neither. On the one hand, it is kind of a generic fantasy world with a rather generic magic system (I disagree with whatever official reviewer remarked that it was "well-developed"). It also carries many of the same generic plot elements of a lot of other young adult fantasy novels that are first in a series: mysterious mentor figures whose whole story may be kind of dark, dark wizards ...more
Jordan Steinhoff
Nov 16, 2016 Jordan Steinhoff rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Harriet Potter.

Nuttall doesn't shy from it, though. He embraces everything negative that somebody could say about being HP derivative and turns out a fun story.

No half marks so I can't give it a 3.5 but this was a fast, fun read. The mundane girl is kidnapped and discovers she has magical potential. Coincidentally she discovers she can't go home so really doesn't have a choice but to become a magician at the ancient school of wizardry.

Shenanigans and dramas, big and small, play out before the fi
Nov 26, 2016 Tilden rated it it was ok
I couldn't get past chapter 9. I founded Emily too annoying. God, what a whiner!! I was looking forward to a magic school and a young woman thrust into learning this new magical world. But Emily just drove me nuts so I give up. Plus, I did not like the narrator, who made Emily even more annoying.
Michael Stokes
Oct 28, 2016 Michael Stokes rated it it was amazing
Intelligent and well thoughtout

A great side by side comparison between our 1st world values and norms and a primitive dog eat dog world with magic, where the strong rule and the weak and powerless suffer. Keep up the good work.
Oct 20, 2016 Tina rated it really liked it
I actually enjoys this book. Though it feels like the author has taken bits and pieces from other books and thrown it together and made this one. But as I said it's quite enjoyable.
Joseph Kent
Oct 16, 2016 Joseph Kent rated it it was amazing
Great Story

This was truly a great story. I couldn't put it down. The story is fast paced, characters are well developed, and my imagination was able to picture the different scenes in the story. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I highly recommend it and I easily give this book Five Stars!
Oct 11, 2016 Paulo rated it it was ok
The title is appropriate as it's mostly lecture after lecture about magic, punctuated with excessive pop culture references. Stories should be about people not a torrent of data in nearly encyclopedic style with little plot to it.
Oct 09, 2016 mirba rated it it was ok
an ok book. the story was interesting enough for me to buy the second book, and I liked and disliked the idea of the girl destroying the economy and system of an entire world just to become rich
Mary B. Grove
Apr 13, 2016 Mary B. Grove rated it it was amazing
different than Harry Potter

Emily's world and school are much more realistic and adult. It's a world at war, with a lot of ugly history and no true good guys. The humans are all too human, and even the best of intentions won't protect people from their own blindness and flaws. In short, people here are actually people, with all the struggle and suffering that portends. The dangers are severe, so the children grow up very quickly, and most of them have already been brainwashed by their families or
Sep 27, 2016 BobA707 rated it really liked it
Summary: Some nice twists and basically a good story, well written and an interesting premise although that didn't always work for me

Plotline: A well thought out plot that in the end works out well although at times it seemed a bit lost

Premise: I really like the explanation of charms and the complexities of combining them.

Writing: Very good. Obviously this will be compared with books on more famous magic schools - those are probably more readable but I prefer the style of CN.

Ending: Lots of fun
Sep 28, 2016 Grwelch rated it really liked it
Slow beginning but just be faithful.
Pat Cummings
Sep 07, 2016 Pat Cummings rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
There was an explosion of magic-boarding-school (MBS) novels once J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter got going. I have a number of such series, Book 1 of, sitting on a well-stuffed fantasy bookshelf. Few of them were worth buying Book 2—if one was even produced.

Then there's Christopher Nuttall's Emily. Yes, Emily began in a shockingly-abusive family situation, was rescued, and learned she had magical abilities. Still not a Harry Potter knock-off, though, and here's the difference: her MBS is in a di
Per Gunnar
Mar 14, 2014 Per Gunnar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, magic
This book has everything that I liked about A Life Less Ordinary but also everything I felt was missing and really none of that books faults. Of course, as soon as magic schools are on the menu the comparisons with Harry Potter comes flying like snowflakes in a winter storm. Well, if I should pick one of the two I would probably pick this book. This book is more hardcore action-fantasy and somewhat less childish that the Harry Potter books however I have to confess that, although I bought them ...more
Dec 03, 2015 ElDani rated it liked it
I liked the one-star review by Aaron Scott, because many of the points he made are very valid. My rating is decidedly different however.

Yes, in Schooled in Magic, Christopher Nuttall practically wrote the Harry Potter series, just not with a young boy as the protagonist but an adolescent girl who isn't called Harry. I'm being a bit facetious here of course, but those are the most important differences between JK Rowling's Harry and Christopher Nuttall's Emily. If you read a gender-bender Harry P
K Ada
Apr 07, 2015 K Ada rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2015-reads, magic
Emily, a young, teenage girl, lonely and unpopular at school, with an alcoholic and belligerent stepfather, an uncaring mother, is unhappy with her life until ... at the behest of a necromancer, she is whisked away from Earth by fairies to another world. A world filled with magic, Kings and Queens, and, yes, of course, Princesses. The necromancer, believing Emily to be a 'Child of Destiny', intends to sacrifice her on the altar, taking her life forces and making himself more powerful. Only ... ...more
Alison Cantrell
Jul 20, 2016 Alison Cantrell rated it liked it
A great story arc with some missteps. Overall, I feel that this story has some really engaging points and is creative and new which will push you to read on despite some major flaws.

Let's start with the technical and work into the story. I find the grammar in this book to be irksome. I find it hard to read at times and often struggle to figure out exactly why the author chose some of the sentences structures and phrases things the way he does. I have even gone so far as to wonder if it is suppo
Nicole Gozdek
Apr 05, 2015 Nicole Gozdek rated it really liked it
Wer wünscht sich nicht, mal alle Alltagssorgen zu vergessen, in eine magische Welt entführt zu werden und ein so großer Zauberer wie Harry Potter zu werden? Als dies jedoch der 16-jährigen Emily passiert, ist sie zunächst nicht gerade begeistert. Schließlich wurde sie durch eine Verwechslung vom bösen Nekromanten für das gesuchte Child of Destiny gehalten und dieser will sie nun prompt seinem dunklen Meister opfern, bevor sie ihnen schaden kann. Zum Glück wird sie von dem geheimnisvollen ...more
Rick Stuckwisch
Feb 02, 2015 Rick Stuckwisch rated it really liked it
I picked this up on a whim from one of Amazon's Kindle daily deals, without any particular expectations, other than the prospect of something to read while riding my exercise book. I have to say that I was not immediately impressed, as the beginning struck me as rather contrived and abrupt. It's one me over, though, and I'm eager to dive into the second book in the series. Like the Magisterium series, there are plenty of structural and superficial similarities to the Harry Potter series, but I ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Nov 05, 2015 07:37AM  
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