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

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  628 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
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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Tanya Bilham
Jul 29, 2013 Tanya Bilham rated it really liked it
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
Jun 03, 2008 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 31, 2008 Anastasia rated it it was ok
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
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
Chelsie Unicornkind
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Mar 05, 2010 Cindy rated it it was ok
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
May 19, 2011 Marie rated it did not like it
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
Let me first phrase the sentence: "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."

Now that I've got this out of the way, I'd like say that this story had potential and the ideas were pretty cool but not a lot was greatly detailed or "more looked into and explained".

Like where was the (view spoiler)?? And the world-building could have been better explained. I say this not as a total negative but as an Fantasy Enthusiast. There could have been more things expla
Jul 19, 2014 Grace rated it it was ok
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
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.
Nov 14, 2007 CLM rated it liked it
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.
Jan 03, 2016 Samantha rated it liked it
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Feb 16, 2014 Tatra rated it really liked it
I thought this book was fascinating. It comes across as a bit scattered, but really it's just complex and is just awesome.
Sep 01, 2015 Whitney rated it liked it
I was prepared to give this book four or even five stars till about 3/4 of the way through. The story reminded me of a mix of J.K. Rowling with a touch of Robert Jordan, and a dash of Robin Mckinley. Then things got weird, I got totally lost, and all delight for me evaporated. All the sudden there were multiple/duplicate Trias (the main character), with no explanation. Then the original Tria dies. Still no explanation. Then by the end, the only remaining Tria cries onto a dusty table which creat ...more
Dec 16, 2015 Madeline rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-books
I held on to this book because I had enjoyed it so much about ten years ago. I cleaned out a great number of my books this year and I wanted to give this one a re-read (a high honor for me!) I remember really loving this, so I gave it another try.

I was a little more disappointed than I thought I would be. I can see why this book set my younger heart aflame, but it lacks a lot of the richness that I remembered about it. Young adult books usually have a lot of character and warmth (if well-written
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
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Jan 11, 2011 Ithlilian rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
Dec 30, 2011 Eden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 28, 2012 Lark rated it liked it
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Mar 28, 2014 Min rated it it was ok
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Apr 21, 2015 Melissa rated it it was ok
The back billed this as similar to Girl of the Limberlost and Anne of Green Gables and it is not. Made me excited to read it and it kind of failed. The plot started out as interesting, but quickly became kind of dull and confusing. It made sense eventually, but it really just wasn't a very good book. Disappointing.
Nov 12, 2014 Nadieh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a long time ago, and I remeber really loving it. Since I found the book again while moving, I dediced te reread it. I really enjoyed reading it. Eventhough it's compared to Harry Potter a lot, I don't see the resemblance ecxept for both books taking place in a magical boarding school. The stories are very different though.
Althougether, a great book, I really enjoyed reading it again.
Jul 12, 2013 Julie rated it it was ok
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
Nenia *War of the Adorables* 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...

Eliza Wensley
Oct 14, 2015 Eliza Wensley rated it really liked it
This book was pretty good. It is some what like Harry Potter, but in my opinion darker than the earlier Harry Potter books. If you like Harry Potter than you'll probably like this book.
Sonia Liao
May 10, 2007 Sonia Liao rated it liked it
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
Abby Cashen
Dec 19, 2015 Abby Cashen rated it really liked it
This book felt like a cross between a Diana Wynne Jones book and E. Nesbet. It was encanting and absolutely mesmerizing (although it had my head spinning a bit by the end).

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Nov 26, 2008 TheSaint rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
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
Aug 09, 2012 Hannah rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
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
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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,
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