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Schooled in Magic

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Emily is a teenage girl pulled from our world into a world of magic and mystery by a necromancer who intends to sacrifice her to the dark gods. Rescued in the nick of time by an enigmatic sorcerer, she discovers that she possesses magical powers and must go to Whitehall School to learn how to master them. There, she learns the locals believe that she is a "Child of Destiny ...more
Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Twilight Times Books
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Aaron Scott
Mar 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
One of the worst books I've ever read.

Most of the ideas are copied from Harry Potter - there is a defense against the dark arts class led by a grizzly one eyed teacher, a magical creatures class, a headmistress that is stern but really kind once you get to know her, a game like quidditch but worse... it just keeps going.

The author refers constantly to other peoples work. I'll find an exact quote later (on my phone), but things like this are said every other chapter: "...like Harry Potter only.
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Everyone
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
*Please read in movie-trailer voice!*

"From an author who doesn't give a crap about grammar comes a story
about Harriett Potter, a teenage girl from the 21st century. Sucked into a medieval world where magic solves everything (apart from indoor plumbing) and noone ever has sex, she enrolls at Hogwarts and sets out on a quest to bring all the advantages of modern life to this world (except indoor plumbing), including pollution and global warming, while fending off the advances of Slim Shady, the ev
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Joana
Jan 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
I try to keep an open mind when reading other books about schools of magic that aren't Harry Potter but this one drove me insane.

It was fairly entertaining until I realized how much was taken out of other books. But when I read " but that magical world suffered from a shortage of imagination " in reference to the Harry Potter world,I thought to myself if the author is trying to be funny, it is more disrespectful than anything else considering they stole so much from the world of Harry Potter.

Y
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Mothwing
I DID IT! It took over two months, but finally I made it through this badly edited nightmare of a novel without any likeable characters or a complex world view.

Others have already mentioned that this girl-comes-to-a-magical-world-and-learns-magic-novel is a Harry Potter knock-off, but that isn't even the worst thing. It fails on basically all levels. Character building, world building, satire, commentary, basic science.

It really fails on gender issues:
Emily nodded in understanding. Most trans
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Jon Abbott
Schooled in Magic, by Christopher Nuttall, is the first of a YA / fantasy / coming of age series that now reaches 10 books. I give this book 4 stars; I give the series 5 stars overall. I recommend it because of the action heroine with plenty of agency and great imaginary world building.

The premise: Emily, a young woman, is pulled from modern Earth to an alternative world with medieval-like features, due to a mistake as to her identity by a bad guy. Rescued within a day/chapter by a wizard, she i
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Leah
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
more like 4-4.5 stars but the series was so addicting I had to give it 5.

first things first...Harry Potter
The 1st book really got me hating on it because of this. Not only because it DID rip off Harry Potter but also because it constantly said how Harry Potter missed this, lacked this, didn't go more into detail, or outright saying it was stupid - *not a direct quote* "it's stupid in Harry Potter to have such taboo on the death curses when the simplest spell can kill someone"

I have to give the a
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Atousa Karimi
Mar 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, magic
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Andy Free
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Finally, a book about magic where the author has put some thought into how magic might actually work! I know this may sound like a cerebral complaint, but a lot of writing involving magic is weak in that there are inconsistent rules or the writer breaks them when they get to an inconvenient plot junction, or invents a way out of the problem. The consistency and discipline of thought makes the magic in "Schooled in Magic" a lot more interesting. Nuttall is a strong character builder, also, with b ...more
Robert 'Rev. Bob'
This really needs a careful edit pass. From mismatched parenthetical punctuation–like this - to confused capitalization (Orc/orc, goblin/Goblin), there are a lot of annoyance-level mistakes that kept bringing me out of the story. I got the distinct impression in several places that I was reading a first draft where the author changed naming conventions halfway through, but never went back to fix the earlier cases.

Aside from that, it's a decent story overall. The pop-culture references by the mai
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Marv
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first few chapters I was sceptical and even pause for a fed days, but after resuming and really getting into the story, I'm engulfed and eager to read on in book two ...more
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
Such a weird book so far.
Margaret
I'm sure that this has been there all along but I had rarely noticed it. I had just finished reading a book I had purchased from Amazon.com on my Kindle. It then said something like Before You Go and listed six or eight OTHER books that it said other people had purchased who had also purchased the book I just read. What I found interesting is that all of the titles except one were authors/books I had read and enjoyed very much. So I said to myself, how about I go look at the one title I had nev ...more
Michelle Beer
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
It's the school-based magic story that schools other school-based magic stories (or thinks it does), Schooled in Magic! This book dares to do what others like it have rarely done before: give an in depth look on the criteria of magic and how it works. How's it handled? Well, let's take a look.

The story is of a young nerd named Emily. Emily is sad because she has a verbally abusive stepdad and a constantly drunk mom and hates school because it doesn't teach her anything useful. Quite out of nowhe
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Christina Kolling
May 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-type-books
So bad. So very, very bad. I can only guess that "Christopher Nuttall" is a pseudonym for a 50 year old woman who is horrible at pretending she's a 16 year old girl. This book seriously reads like some kind of Mary Sue fanfic written by a bitter old lady who never got over the fact that she didn't receive an invitation to Hogwarts. The character is not believable, the thoughts are not believable, the actions are not believable, and frankly I lost it over a 16 year old girl heading up to the Dean ...more
Pep
Jun 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
JK Rowling should sue. This is 90% Harriet Potter and 10% ALL teh other fantasy epics.

We have a "child of destiny". A magic school with almost a direct one for one with Hogwarts. Evil magicians and dark wizards. Sprinkle in a bit of LOTR so you can have the fey, Orcs and Goblins and you don't get a derivative piece of YA fiction, you get a copy. I put it down in anger a few times thinking how much of an ass can an author be to actually try to rewrite Potter and in doing so, actually mention Har
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Jay Collins
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Okay, So I think I can give this 3 to 3.5 stars but I can easily see how someone can give it 1 star (strange but read on).

If you liked Harry Potter you may hate this book. This book takes so much from Harry Potter you may find yourself not liking it based on that alone. Basically, this book is not original. I loved the Potter books and they were the books that got me into reading. I had to get past the Harry Potter knock-off parts of this book before I could even think about liking it. So if you
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Cloak88
Magic school + trapped in another word= Schooled in Magic.

Schooled in magic is a fairly average teen fantasy novel. Emeley our fourteen year-old protagonist finds herself from one moment to the next in an medieval word full of magic and evil necromancers. As it turns out an evil necromancer brought her over to his word thinking she is a 'Child of Destiny' and sacrificing her will give him great power. She is however saved at the last moment, but now has to adjust to a totally new world and burge
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Isaios
May 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
If the author desires to promote the moral position that physical pain is the proper way to school anyone, he might consider not writing the scenario in such a manner that the ones instigating the incident were not the school administration.

The main char has been told to her face that

1) the school knew her tormentor was a bully, and cultivated this behavior
2) that they considered this valid teaching tool, in lieu of competent teaching
3) and that they lost control of the bully, leading a first we
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Steve Naylor
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating 4.0 stars

This was a good book. Emily is a 14 year old taken from earth to another world to be used as a sacrifice in a necromancers plan for unlimited power. Why Emily you might ask? Because the necromancer needs to sacrifice a Child of Destiny in order to gain his power and his minions brought him Emily. There is one small problem though, Emily's mother's name is Destiny. So while she is a literal child of destiny, is she a figurative child of destiny? She is saved by a rouge magician j
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Kristy Halseth
Mar 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This book could have gotten a higher score. I'm trying to avoid spoilers so I'm not as specific as I would like to be.

I'll start with what I liked because I think it is worth following the series and seeing if some of the problems improve. Because the story is actually interesting, enough so that I just purchased the second book.

The concept is a bit too Harry Potter meets Time Travel/Other World travel. But the author actually points it out, pokes fun at it, and tries to avoid to much overlap o
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Jonathan Donihue
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Ok, so I was looking for a good workout book.

You see, when I go to the gym, I enjoy listening to a mindless novel (especially while I'm doing the elliptical). So I was tooling around on in my Kindle store looking for a light read with an Audible option when I came across this book. It looked interesting and was getting pretty good reviews so I decided, what the heck.

The book starts out a little weakly. The first part of the story seems rushed and there are some corny references to popular fanta

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Heretic
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I first read this book when it was posted to Spacebattles for its preview before publication. I thought that the writing quality was good, and I enjoyed the references to Potter in a similar way to reading Dresden Files. The introduction of modern technologies based on knowledge, like the abacus, our alphabet and numerical system, would be huge and cheap advantages in a world this squalid. Medieval worlds aren't great places to be, for anyone, and this series does well capturing the stench, squa ...more
Mary Catelli
Emily is going home from the library when she's abducted into another world by a necromancer who wants to sacrifice a "Child of Destiny" who has yet to master magic.

Well, her mother's name IS Destiny. . . .

A powerful sorcerer rescues her and then, because she is magically powerful and it's not easy to send her back (and he's not good at teaching apprentices), sends her off to school on dragon back.

Many things ensue. The care necessary for alchemy, the marches of Martial Magic (and the importanc
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Iori
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
It was worth reading, I understood the approach of the author : Emily know her shit, she's a smart kid and bookaholic who understand fast what she must do to survive in this world of might and magic. She's not overpowered like some Heroes in stories i've read.

I hope there will be a second book and a third.
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Katarina
Jan 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
To be honest, couldn't finish completely. I stayed with it so long because I liked the premise of the book. However, the main character was so annoying and got so increasingly frustrating to the point that I couldn't read without getting angry. Too many references to Harry Potter. Too much telling and not enough showing in the writing. Needed more editing to cut out irrelevant sections. ...more
Helen
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Not bad, overall. I think I would have enjoyed this more if I had read this when I was still at school.

These days, a bit simplistic and the computer coding similes irritated me a little

2020 reread: DNF'd at about 15%. Didn't even remember that I had read this before :S
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Douglas Debner
A good book that has me looking forward to book 2. The story is about Emily, taken from our world to one of magic and, of course, she has great magic potential so she is sent to magic school. Emily, having read the Harry Potter books, is full of comparisons and comments on the same. The author mostly keeps these pot shots at HP good-natured but at one point Emily comments on how naive the HP books are since even a simple levitation spell can be used to kill. True, unless you actually consider wh ...more
Heath
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2018
Good Read.

The main character was summoned into a world of magic where she put in a school for magic. Enjoyed the story. Believable plot.
Hairculle
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is literally Harry Potter with Hermione Granger as the main character. So in some ways it's much better.
Also you can tell the author is a cis male when a story takes place in a medieval society and the main character doesn't seems bothered by her menstrues
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Toni Adwell
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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