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De erfenis van Richard Grenville

(De verborgen universiteit #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,318 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Als de negentienjarige Alexa Westerhof een semester aan een kleine Londense universiteit gaat studeren, ontdekt ze al snel dat het gotische gebouw geheimen herbergt, geheimen die ook haar leven voorgoed zullen veranderen. Een dramatische gebeurtenis op de campus brengt haar in contact met magi, mensen met bijzondere krachten, waar ze zelf ook over blijkt te beschikken. Ter ...more
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Published 2011 by Uitgeverij Q
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Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just LOVE❤️
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars
Kind of like a Dutch Harriette Potter: Alexa is a magician but only finds out when she's 19, a secret university hidden from the non-magical people. But of course there are also some differences, like there being no halfbloods, you either have magic or you don’t. I love everything that has anything to do with magic. This book however lost its pace more than once, turning it into drama more than fantasy. Also the writing didn’t always grip me and neither did Koch’s way of world building (w
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1ebooks, 1bibliotheek
This book has kept me reading (thankful for the train journeys and early nights)
I already started in book 2.
Sometimes the scenes / conversations end abruptly, but that is the only minus point.
The story is about Alexa Westerhof who goes abroad to study in England for a semester.
The university is a small one, where she also meets an old friend from school again, whose family moved to England some years earlier.
Attending the university she finds out her father (who she never met) was a magician
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Not too convinced about this book. While the idea and some parts of the story were nice, too many elements were so parallel with the Harry Potter books that it felt a bit awkward. Also several points in the story where it was clear what the next step or conclusion would logically be, but it still takes ages before the characters arrive there. Finally, about one-fifth in the book a remark is made that really goes against the current understanding of non-binary people, which made me so annoyed tha ...more
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
4,5 stars

This book got into my head. The further I got in it, the more I would be thinking about the characters and the world when I wasn't reading it. As with other books that have magical schools a lot of reviews are comparing it to Harry Potter. Don't go into this book thinking this is Harry Potter for adults. Don't give yourself any expectations.

Alexa, who is Dutch, is the main character who goes to study in England for a semester and discovers the Untraceable University. I really liked her
A highly enjoyable Dutch young adult fantasy novel for anyone who is not afraid of world-building and descriptions. There is a lot of world-building in this first book, and while I really liked it for most of the book, after I while I started to hope for a little more action. First we are introduced to the world, and then at some point the action really takes off, but it's rather towards the end of the book and I would have liked it a little better if the descriptions had been incorporated in th ...more
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was ill, so I could read and read. Or did the book make me ill and force me to read? Truth is I could not stop. Was it because I was a Dutch student at a British university once? Because of all the tiny rooms in dirty student houses I have lived in? Or because this book reminds me of some of my favorites: Harry Potter, the Magicians, the End of Mr Y, Northern Lights or even a hint of the Secret History?
But surely if it is such a copy cat, it doesn't have any value of its own. But it's not. A
May 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry but I didn't like this book at all. The writer made a lot of writer mistakes. (creatures switching form halfway the page or making weird not imaginable comparesings like the colour of a sick olive. Please someone explain to me what that is! ) Lot's of loose ends or blend content that could have left out and the secundairy character had much more dept than the blend lead. ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: autumn
I remember absolutely loving this book. Last time I read it I gave it 4 stars, but this time I just couldn't get through it. I liked it well enough but god did it take me a lot of energy and time to get through it. ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Copycat of Harry Potter but a weak one.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nederlands-dutch
I am so happy that there was no unnecessary romance.
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book felt like a lesser version of Harry Potter. There were quite a lot of references. (view spoiler). The language was very descriptive which made it quite hard to read for me. The book is over 600 pages and felt slow at times. Overall the concept is interesting, but how it turned out was a bit disappointing. ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Lara van Damme
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I find it a pity that this book is compared a lot to Harry Potter. Yes it does have some of the same elements but it's a different story. I really liked it and I couldn't stop reading. I kind of saw myself in the main character which was strange. The story was rich and full of magic. ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Interesting philosophical book that pulls you into an interesting story around some form of very advanced magic.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
In a way i liked to read it, i like the concept of it. But it was so long i had a hard time to stay in the story.
Willem Jackson
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Interesting ideas and philosophies posed in this book. Was a bit longer than maybe necessary. But a good read. Very noticeably a Dutch writer, though set in London. Interested in part two.
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, in-dutch
I'll just start saying this book didn't feel Dutch at all; I swear I thought it was a translation, and the fact it takes place in London doesn't really help. Anyway, that's a compliment! I thought the writing style was very refreshing and it made me realize Dutch is not such a bad language overall, as long as you know what you're doing with it. I think my only comment is that it isn't always clear who's speaking, because I'm used to the convention that when another person speaks, a new line star ...more
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Sam Fish
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I first read this book when it came out back in 2011. I’d borrowed it from my friend and I loved it so much that I bought the second book as soon as it came out. And now the third book has finally arrived! So I took it upon myself to start all over again. Which, apparently, was a good thing. Cause everything I’d thought to be in book two, was actually book one.

But even though I already knew a lot about the plot, the book still got me. It was very exciting still and there was a lot that I hadn’t
Ray Akerboom
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Dutch Harry Potter, you could call this book. It has everything the J.K. Rowling books about Mr. potter have: a university, magic, hidden for the eyes of the non-magi, an evil professor, a lot of suspicion and a mystery, about the parents of the main character. And it is even a boy, it's a girl this time, a young woman. It is written in quite the same sort of style Rowling uses in het Potter series. And if you like these books, you will certainly enjoy reading this series of 3 books. Now all ...more
Sep 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Not bad, not amazing. It's refreshing to read a fantasy novel by a dutch writer and I'm very eager to follow her career. Bit of a problem was the fact that I kept comparing her characters to characters from the Harry Potter books (I found James, Snape and Remus for example)... it was a bit cliched but again... not bad. She might turn out to be a very popular writer before the series is over. ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Second time I read this book I see even more value in the excellent discriptions of this book.
The quiet bridge from ease to action and from normal to low-fantasy is astonishing!
I am a huge fan of this writing!
The specific details, the sound, the smells, feelings; this author is using the world around her to descirbe us another.
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book!
I love young adults-books! Although it took me some time to get really into Koch's world and her characters, eventually the story sucked me in and it didn't let me go until I finished it.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Waaaayyyyy too many details. I am okay with the leaf falls from the tree, but not the I saw how the dead looking leaf let go of the branch and slowly came to a crash with the ground as it got picked back up by the wind and taken away from my sight.
No wonder this book is so long.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a big one but sooo worth the read. I never really like Dutch fantasy books that much but this one was reaaally well done. The plot was super interesting and kept me at the end of my seat throughout the entire thing. I would totally recommend it.
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Can't bring myself to finish this, the writing was good and so was the plot but there was so much detail it made me put the book away and never pick it up again. ...more
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dutch writer. Very very nice style. Story remains to be seen but I love the way she makes sentences like ready-made quotes.
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good story, surprised a dutch writer can write this kind of stuff. Recommended for Potter fans.
Lonneke van Toigal
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
You can't help but draw parallels to Harry Potter, and at times I think it was just to do so. Despite this, I couldn't put it down. Thoroughly good and addictive read! ...more
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Born in Eindhoven, learned to walk and talk in Accra, went to school in Eindhoven, got an MA in Musicology in Utrecht, lived and worked in Vienna, London and Amsterdam.
Currently working on the final part of 'De verborgen universiteit' and hatching new ideas, ranging from Victorian London to contemporary Holland. Stargazer, absinthe-lover and restless spirit.

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