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Red Madrassa

(Algardis #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  32 reviews
A magical accident threw them together. But when Fate holds all the cards, it can be impossible to tell the difference between pure chance and Destiny...

Allorna thought being a hereditary guardian meant an automatic posting with the royal family. Instead, she's assigned to Petty Larceny--which has its moments, especially when she engineers a jailbreak and finds herself on
Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published November 7th 2012
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The following review is based on the ebook edition of Red Madrassa from a giveaway.
Terah Edun's Red Madrassa is best described as the set-up to what could be a really great fantasy adventure series. It's got world building, character introductions, and the beginning of an epic plot. Taken as the first book in a five-book series that it is, it's a fantastic introduction; as a stand-alone novel, however, it really left me wanting more (which could very well be a good thing, beca
~I was given this book for an honest review.~

I don't really know where to being when it comes to writing this review. I found that I was having a rather difficult time getting into the story. Things didn't flow well with all the character jumping and place hoping. I understand that the author was trying to give us an introduction to those that will be in the story, but I think it could have be done a little better. The opening of a story is very important, and making it confusing and hard to get
The concept for this book is really interesting and kind of Harry Potterish. I loved the young adult world the author was able to create and the fantasy woven storyline.

There is a multitude of characters and different points of view that get sprung on the reader in the first few chapters making the reading a little confusing. Once you are able to get past that it is a quick and fun read. The four teenagers, Allorna, Sidimo, Vedaris, and Sitara were easy to relate to. The relationships throughou
Terah Edun
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote Red Madrassa, so I may have a tiny bit of bias towards the novel's amazingness. How could I not? If an author doesn't think her work is worth reading, then a reader certainly wouldn't.

I loved creating this world and these characters. In particular because I've wanted to read more epic fantasy novels recently. I thought...why not just write what you're hoping to find on the bookshelves then?

Thanks to the Goodreads community for so whole-heartedly embracing Red Madrassa before even readin
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Another YA fantasy with a young woman of come on the cover. I think I should start a new bookshelf.
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Newly fresh YA voice, Terah Edun, delivers a nice, fast paced read full of adventure, magic, and a wee bit of romance.

I honestly thought that the book was really nicely written. I'm trying to get into the habit of reading indie books because self-published authors deserve some cred too! I was happy and honored to have the author herself contact me, asking to read her book and write a review. I accepted without hesitation because I absolutely love reading everything and anything. With that being
Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Red Madrassa is not your typical YA Fantasy story. There are a lot of different facets to this story and it’s a welcome break from all the paranormal romance that’s been out there the last year or so. Red Madrassa tells the story of 5 very different teenagers who accidentally (or not?) find themselves at “The Madrassa”, a school to practice all different kinds of magic. Each begin their courses at a different part of the school (Air, Fire, Research, the Unknown, Healing) and get to know more abo ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
When I started this book I didn't think that I was going to like it because I found that there were a lot of characters and different points of view going on that it got pretty confusing. But once I got past those first chapters the pace sped up and I could easily remember what character was who. Tareh Edun creates a magical world that I could effortlessly lose myself in. This world had a variety of Mages and magical cre
Soma Rostam "IOB"
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantasy is definitely my favorite genre. The imaginative places, the wonderful, out-of-the-world characters always peak my interest. And this book was no exception. By the way, the cover is absolutely GORGEOUS!
A guardian, a dragon, a healer, a storm-caller, and a mage. Allorna, Vedaris, Sidimo, Sitara, and Maride are very different, but strange circumstances pull them all together into the enchanting, notorious Red Madrassa. With its different schools, and exotic assignments, these five become
Kelbian Noel
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 Stars

Red Madrassa has a cast that impresses. It’s the very essence of diversity and anyone who knows me knows that’s enough pull me in! And I’m not just talking about ethnicity, the LGBT inclusion is not seen enough in fiction these days, and the author does it well. This book was a quick read for me, I literally started it last night.

The only downside is that there wasn’t really enough time to get to know each character well, because there were so many. That's too bad because these charact
Lizzy Lessard
Red Madrassa is a high fantasy book in a world so explicitly rich with detail that it is worthy of fan-fiction copy-cats. I think the book’s only fault comes from the sheer amount of POV characters. There are five and this means that much of the novel is spent introducing and detailing what each of these five characters are doing. Sometimes the POV switches come very rapidly, and I feel more tied to the story and atmosphere than any one character. Because of this, the pacing is slow and this fee ...more
This was a very enjoyable read for me after I got into it a little bit. At first, it was a little iffy for me because I had a difficult time during the character introductions because I didn’t particularly care much about them until I began to know them better after arriving at the Madrassa. It didn’t help that some names seemed too similar to me. The author introduces the main characters upfront through short scenes. The scenes are well-written and interesting but each was different, seemingly ...more
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My rating: 3.5 Stars

My opinion: I intentionally went into this book from a young reader perspective and consider this novel a nice intro to the fantasy genre for the younger reader. The adult reader may find this book to be kind of juvenile in its' storyline.

I thought the story flowed well after the beginning and would definitely keep a young reader's interest. In the beginning, about the first quarter of the book, the author jumped around with multiple
Alannah Clarke
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*Received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I have to say that I did enjoy this book. My favourite thing about the book is the characters, I really felt attached to them as the novel went on. Most of the time when there are so many characters, I don't really feel that I can get to know them as well or I would get confused with them all. I also really liked the inclusion of the LGBT which I don't really see alot in many novels which is a big issue nowadays.
I have to be ho
Tabby Shiflett
This story starts off a little chaotic, but push through the first couple chapters. By then the different language, groups, and abilities are more clear. I loved all the MCs (once you get to know them) and look forward to the sequel. Loved the magical school and now that the introduction to the series is so complete with this one, I can't wait to find out what happens next.

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Terah Edun
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book wa given to me by the author in return for a honest review.

The books first 4 or 5 chapters were confusing with a lot of characters/places and different POV. I found that I had to force my way through them. After those chapters though it was a quick read...had to force myself to go to sleep and not stay up all night reading it.
I liked all the main characters and the author does a great job with descriptions. Overall I enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to the next book.
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It was a very good read. I love books about mysterious things and powers and this really told me why! This is one of my favorites. (:
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book!
Dec 28, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Definitely want to read!
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I adored the beginning of Red Madrassa, even if it took me a little bit to get all the characters straight in my head, and while I was a bit disappointed at the sudden ending, I think Harry Potter fans might like this magical school adventure :).
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Title: Red Madrassa
Author: Terah Edun
Length: 244 pages
Genre-ish: YA fantasy
Rating: ★★★☆☆- awesome start, slipped at the end
A magical accident threw them together. But when Fate holds all the cards, it can be impossi
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Originally Reviewed at Witchmag's Boekenplank

I couldn’t help to compare my reading experience with getting lost in a big forest. All starts well, you see a beautiful sky and magnificent trees. You hear birds singing and can feel the sun on your face. What a great walk this will be! But then… You were so lost in thought you missed a turn in the road. You don’t recognize any of the landmarks and quickly walking back, you still don’t recognize a thing. Your completely lost! Slightly panicked you co

In full disclosure I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

There is way too much world building in the book especially early on. This made it hard to understand at times as there are so many things being brought in. Also the world building is very broad but is lacking in depth meaning we hear about a lot of different things but never get much detail.

Once the group arrives at school (after about 60 pages) the story gets better as the world building gets a little easier to follow a
I received Red Madrassa as part of the tour hosted by Kathy@ Book Blast and Blog Tours in return for an honest review.. Five very different people are tossed together as they all arrive at the Madrassa for the last day of recruitment. All are given a unique test specific to who they are. They all pass their tests, and then assigned to live together at the Gatehouse because they weren’t expected. Allorna is a guardian in training but with the help of her best friend Sidimo they free Maride whose ...more
Alysa H.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Objectively, there are many reasons for me to like this book. It's got a diverse cast of characters and treats everyone as equal regardless of race, sex, or sexual orientation. Equality is just a given, and that's awesome. I'm also a fan of "magical school" settings, and the Madrassa is a doozy. I also appreciated that the teenage characters spoke more or less like modern teens, even though this is a high fantasy novel. I've noticed that some other reviewers disliked that aspect, but for me it w ...more
Patrice Caldwell
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

To preface this I’m a fantasy nerd yet with the way YA is trending, it’s hard to fine a good, solid epic fantasy ala LOTR for teens. So I was generally very happy when the author contacted me to review Red Madrassa.

Red Madrassa is an epic fantasy unlike many books I’ve read mainly because it has LGBT themes as well as a racially diverse cast of characters. The characters in this book truly reflect how the “real world” is, and from the book’s cover alone, it really caught my attention. I thought
David Teachout
A fun read with great characters but gets bogged down in the writing style. The multitude of characters makes it complicated but focusing on each one by flitting between separate stories every couple pages becomes confusing and tedious. And while the schooling is interesting and obviously much thought was put into it, the level of detail becomes overdone, especially as many of the basics could have been covered in one section rather than being rewritten for each person. Still, the world is defin ...more
Jun 22, 2014 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I have tried to read this a few times, but never remember to write it down. That results in me picking it back up thinking it sounds interesting, and trying again. I can't make it thru the first chapter. I guess I get why the prologue was done the way it was, to show us l the players, but as a general rule, I'm not a fan of that type of writing. It's so jumpy. I'm in chapter 1 and they just did it again, so once again I put this down and search for something else that sparks my interest, AND hol ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting world and characters, although the multiple POVs and the rapid changes between them did take a little getting used to. I'm disappointed the second book in this series hasn't materialised and will be looking out for the author's other books in this setting.
Rebecca McNutt
I really liked reading this book and it has vague tones of Harry Potter, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Paperhouse.
Coyora Dokusho
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
plot holes, ye gods, the plot holes

but I still liked it a lot!!!
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