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Sorcery and Scholarships (The Dying War)

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Everyone wishes the ancient prophecy would go away. Pixies commute to work and sirens make mp3s of their songs, yet antique forces stubbornly persist. They want to bring about a war between Light and Darkness in an era when most people just want to cash in on the merchandising.

Aki is struggling to make ends meet and hopes her scholarship can at least earn her a better apar
Published January 12th 2012
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Midu Hadi
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Sorcery and Scholarships by Ian Isaro is an engaging and very down to earth taking on the school of magic setting. The three main characters feel like people you might meet at college and might even count among your circle of friends. I found them very relatable and a welcome change from the 12-to-16 year old "chosen one" type of heroes and heroines that populate the genre.
I appreciate that the protagonists aren't the most powerful or the best at what they do and go through a believable amount o
Alfaniel Aldavan
Sep 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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An uncommon book in the fantasy landscape, Sorcery and Scholarships is an on-going trip in a rich fantasy world. Dynamic and complex, the world is too rich to catch in a few words, and it is a setting hosting a saga of magic, youth struggles, destiny and war.

The new students to Axis University are distinct, well sketched characters. We meet Aki, a girl trying to live on her own and struggling with basic spells to prove herself. Blake, a powerfully distinct character from the start, pre
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is about three different people from three different walks of life each with a different goal. Each receives a chance to attend Axis University. First there is Aki who is struggling to get by, she's using small magic charms to pay the bills her essence is a more in the middle of light and dark. Whereas Blake's essence is very dark, he's also hiding what he really knows, pretending not to care. Then there is Keisha she really wanted to attend law school but when not accepted settles for ...more
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Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a fun book to read. Aki is a struggling young woman hoping to make it in the magic world when Laxir comes into her life. He tells her she will get a scholarship to axis University but to be careful. Blake is this dark young man who gets a full scholarship to Axis but struggles to find himself for what he thought his destiny should be is at question as he begins to see things through others eyes particularly Aki. Again Aki who everyone sees as just ordinary has a effect on all around her. ...more
Judith Leger
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I volunteered to take part in the blog tour through Make Connections group over on Goodreads. I was intrigued by the title and blurb even though I have never read anything by this author. I'm so happy that I decided to try him out. This book is intense and well worth the read. The three main characters are not the typcial 2 guys and 1 girl type story line similar to Harry Potter. I liked that. Of the three students (Blake, Aki, and Keisha) attempting to fulfill their dreams, I really rooted for ...more
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it

This book about a school of magic was provided to me by the author. It is well written and engaging and the characters are interesting. I like the multiple points of view which allows the reader to get to know each character a little better. Despite the format, I found the book confusing. The many different types of magic are not explained at all and I felt like I must have missed the orientation lecture that all the other kids attended. Still there was plenty of action. I have not decided whet
Dana Neff
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is an interesting blend of the mundane with the magical. There is enough unknown and mystery to leave one wondering and wanting to know more. The development of the characters is satisfying; even with less major characters one gets a sense of what they are like. The ending has a lot of action, and there are unexplained surprises in it. The epilogue sets up the scene for a subsequent book.
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“As for these three students, they've obviously performed at a level beyond that expected by first semester students in order to help defend the university." He stuck the cigarette in his mouth and walked away. "Someone put them in harder classes.” 2 likes
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