A School for Sorcery (A School for Sorcery, #1)
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A School for Sorcery (A School for Sorcery #1)

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Winner of the Andre Norton Gryphon Award

Welcome to the Leslie Simonton School for the Magically Gifted. A school where students can expect the unexpected. But be careful. At this school the final exam could be a real...killer.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 18th 2003 by Starscape (first published 2002)
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I love this book. Kind of Harry Potter-ish, only other kinds of powers and a bit more grown up characters. Certainly a book I read multiple times. Warning; towards the end of the book it can get a bit difficult, but hang in there.
Cristina Boncea
Când am terminat-o, am rămas mască, gen: WTF is this shit!?
De prima oară când o citisem, cu mulți ani în urmă, rămăsesem în minte cu o imagine a unei super cărți, cu o poveste romantică și magie, cu detalii și sacrificii. Nu știu ce schimbări ale universului s-au putut produce încât, de data aceasta, am citit o carte fără vlagă, neinspirată și incompletă.
Tria și Wilce nu au o relație serioasă după cum credeam ca-mi amintesc iar viața acesteia nu este într-adevăr pusă în pericol.
Cartea nu ne spu...more
Chelsie Unicornkind
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Just my thoughts as reading:

Tria is as judgmental as Zoey and as stupid as Clary.

She causes the problems, relies on everyone else to provide the impetus for the solution--though Tria herself has to actually take action at least, since she's the only one with any power.

Tria does not suffer enough for the consequences of what she does.

The characterization is overwhelmingly shallow.

The worldbuilding fails

All of this is primarily tied to the fact it's mostly telling vs. showing.

I'll try to come up w...more
A School for Sorcery sadly proves that Sabin is no Caroline Stevermer [to leave J.K. Rowling out of the equation entirely]. The characters are intriguing but ill-developed, left to fumble their way through plots involving mirror worlds and alternate realities until one character is much the same as another. By the end it's more a matter of seeing the story come to its neat resolution than a question of caring for the fates of the characters. The genre of school fantasy has been better explored n...more
An interesting book. I liked it partly because it took a fairly normal idea (Girl at sorcery school must overcome magical difficulties) and made it different. The doubles were what made it different, I think, but also a bit confusing.....
I must say that I disliked the one gory scene near the end. I skip it whenever I read this book.
I enjoyed this book (although it is derivative) but it read as if the author lost interest 2/3 of the way through and finished it too hastily.
This lesser story of a young person's time at a magical boarding school reminded me more of A Girl of the Limberlost or a Betsy-Tacy story over Harry Potter. 17-year-old Tria feels old-fashioned, almost old-womanish, at heart, and not in a good way. She's very judgmental, looks down on all of her fellow students, and abhors messiness. And, despite her rapid rise through wizarding levels (spoiler alert: she is a magical prodigy), she doesn't grow at all as a person. Side characters are developed...more
A teenager goes to sorcery school. Not, these days, a completely unusual setting for a novel. (On the bright side, not a vampire or zombie, as such, in sight. Other creatures of our nightmares may have made an appearance.)

So, here's the deal, it's youth (YA) fiction and in some ways reads like it. What I was most closely reminded of was the Nancy Drew books. In all fairness, though, it's been decades since I read any of the Nancy books and maybe I'm misremembering them. But this book comes down...more
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A School for Sorcery started out interesting enough with a girl leaving home to go to a nice fancy school to explore her gift. Shortly after she got there things took a turn for the worse. The school is not at all like she expected. She took it in stride to start with, and that's why I enjoyed the story. However, soon after she gets there she starts complaining about the rules, the students, the food, and the teachers. Her complaints are not unfounded. The teachers seem to ramble on about theory...more
Tria gets an unexpected letter saying she has been accepted into a school for the magically gifted. She knows her father will say no, but her mother tells her not to worry. And Tria is excited at the thought of possibly leaving home and going to a school where she can learn magic and finally use her gifts.

But when Tria gets there, it is not the school she saw in pictures. She's disappointed and wants to go home, but she knows what her father will say and she doesn't want to disappoint her mother...more
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Tanya Bilham
I really enjoyed the hidden mystery written into the school and much of the illusion vs. reality in it. Get past the first few chapters. Nothing is as you'd think when you first start reading this. This book gets better and better as the plot goes on. I love how tangled the plotline gets. At first I thought some of the characters were a little too archetypal at the beginning, but it starts to make more sense later on. I also love the way the author explores the different sides of villain's chara...more
Tria has special magical powers that she's never had a chance to develop. So when she gets a chance to attend a school for people like her, she hopes this will be her big chance. Unfortunately, the school is nothing like she expected. She seems to be in trouble all the time. Making friends isn't as easy as she had hoped either, and the lessons are all theory, no practice.

It soon develops that there are opposing forces at work in the school, and Tria finds herself the only one who can save her fr...more
Knocked another book off of my to-read list. This one was alright. It started out in an interesting way, though it seemed to me that there was very little world building to put everything in context. But the main character went from interesting to annoying within six chapters, and although the story itself was interesting, I just stopped caring about it. May give it a try again some other time, though, since it has gotten some decent reviews.
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I was enjoying it at first. The world was a little ill-defined, but I'm a sucker for school stories. However, then it got sort of woo-woo and murky and muddled. She's supposed to learn how to use magic, not from her classes, not from her teachers, not even from the guidance of her teachers, or even from books. She's just sort of.. supposed to... figure it out on her own.. somehow.

A few chapters in, I had pulled the next book from the library shelf and checked it out, assuming I'd want to read it...more
Sonia Liao
May 10, 2007 Sonia Liao rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Philosophical Fantasy Lovers
This book was... interesting, to say the least. When I first picked it out, I'd thought it'd be like Harry Potter, as that was what one critic had blatantly said on the cover. When I read it, however, it is NOT like Harry Potter at all.

I am afraid that all Harry Potter fans will be uncomfortable with reading this book. Instead of using fantasy as a sort of "background", this book pulls out the true meaning of "magic" and literally entwines a tale of grotesque horror and a test of magics onto bot...more
Nenia Campbell





a school for sorcery was absolutely terrible. it contains one of the most unlikable female protagonists i've encountered in a long time--and to make matters worse, i can totally tell that we're supposed to like her. that we're supposed to admire her for being so brave and selfless and positive, and all that other good stuff that makes up the genus Maryus sueus.

um, yeah, about that...

I thought this book was fascinating. It comes across as a bit scattered, but really it's just complex and is just awesome.
A School for Sorcery (which shares many characteristics of the Potter books) by E. Rose Sabin, will keep you turning the pages. The main witch-to-be at the School is Tria Tesserell, who seems destined to develop great power, though the professors and headmistress aren't much help along the way. Tria is pitted in a life and death struggle against Oryon, another student, who wants to use his powers only for evil, and she must trust her instincts and common sense to figure out how to save the stude...more
From the beginning, I thought the book had potential. I liked the fact that the school didn't live up to Tria's expectations, her inadvertently getting into trouble, and the fact that the Headmistress was kind of an Anti-Mentor on Tria's quest, if you like. However, when it got to the whole mirror doubles thing, with several different Trias doing different things, I'm afraid I got confused and found the rest of the book laborious to get through, though I did manage to make it through till the en...more
When Tria gets the chance to attend a school for sorcerers, she decides to try it despite her (and her father's) misgivings about her talent. Once at the school she is challenged by a aggressive roommate and eventually a dark evil that might destroy the world as she knows it - and it seems only Tria, with some help from her friends, can conquer this evil. This book features a fascinating look at the idea there are different realities and worlds-some very dark and disturbing.
Teresa Carrigan
Well written fantasy, suitable for YA. Was this novel based on a short story perhaps, or a reissue of an earlier book? Because there are definitely parts that I do not remember reading before, but other parts where I had definite feelings that I had read it before, and if I had read it in the past ten years I would think I would have recognized the other parts too. Oh well, perhaps I read it while I was sick and not paying much attention.
Enjoying all kinds of sci-fi and fantasy, this kid's book was a winner in my book.

Tria searches for her own gifts while trying to fit in....like any teen... experiencing the stumbles, etc. along the way. Two 2 yr students have "abducted" her love interest and she wants to "save him." The faculty are honor bound to 'stay out of it' and so......the story unfolds.

Not a Harry Potter but I enjoyed.
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Tria is invited to a school to train her magical talents, but when she arrives it's not what she imagined. Tria and her friends have to learn to work together to overcome the evil magic in their midst.

I enjoyed the characters and the world this book is set in. Some of the twists were a little hard to follow.
It is a little confusing, and dry in some places but is also an interesting story that i did enjoy.
Very interesting book. Much more fantasy than I usually go for, but still a good read nonetheless. It's more Anne McCaffrey than JK Rowling, even though the story is reminiscent of Harry Potter since it is set in a school for magic. Tria is an enjoyable heroine.
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Although born in Pennsylvania, I have lived in Florida since I was five years old. Attended schools in Pinellas County and later taught Spanish and English in the Pinellas County Public Schools.

Although I've always written for my own pleasure, I became serious about writing for publication rather late. I'm now retired from teaching and devoting my time to my writing. Oh, and also to my three dogs,...more
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