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(The Book of Jerrick #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Michael Ware unknowingly finds himself on the brink of war. Officially the first child born at the turn of the millennium, Michael has inherited a gift that will one day force him to choose between the sorcerers of the Elder Council and the psychics of the Inquisition. When Michael leaves home for the exclusive Braxton Academy, he discovers that the truth depends on your p ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 275 pages
Published February 28th 2015 by Amazon Digital Services
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David Staniforth
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book started a little slowly for me, but I really enjoyed the writing style and that was enough to carry me into the meat of the story where it got really addictive. Another reviewer has already mentioned the inevitable inclination to liken this novel to Harry Potter, and as that reviewer has said, such a comparison would be a mistake. For me, if any comparison were to be drawn, it would be with Pullman’s “His Dark Materials”, primarily for its on-going conflict between two governing bodies ...more
Kath Middleton
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Any story of an eleven-year-old boy which takes place in a boarding school where children with special powers learn how to use their gifts is inevitably going to invite comparisons. Don’t do it. Read this on its own merits. Michael’s uncle died when he was born, leaving him an old, locked book in his grandmother’s safe keeping. Michael was the first baby born in the new millennium, a fact of significance. There are two secret groups here, the group which runs the school, searching for its new Gr ...more
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Any book about a young boy going off to a special school with a bit of magic will inevitably be compared to Harry Potter. I've not read the HP books but have seen the films and this is nothing like them.

The young main character, Michael wins a rare scholarship along with a friend from school. Michael is 12 and I was picturing my nephew who is clever and just turned 13, but Michael seemed older, especially as he has to learn things such as his special powers and also quite serious fighting. There
Jacqueline Shaw
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The youngsters were particularly appealing and they were often placed in troubling situations. Indeed at times things were very dangerous which isn't usual for 12 year olds!! Will definitely be reading the second book & hope for more. ...more
Lexie Conyngham
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
An action-packed start, then settled down to a less exciting, more mysterious part with a schoolboy pondering his secondary school future and trying to get in to the alarmingly vague and horrendously expensive college that no one seems to know much about. Personally I’d hesitate to send any child to somewhere about which so little is known, but the Wares seem very proud of him. There are inevitably Harry Potter echoes, but this is altogether more menacing and intricate. I did see the final twist ...more
G J (Gaff to my friends) Reilly
Feb 26, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the first title in the Book of Jerrick series.

If you do read it, please take the time to leave an honest review. I've always felt that the best way to grow as an author, is to read the opinions of the audience.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

G. J. Reilly.
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By day, G. J. Reilly is a teacher of (mostly) ICT in the South Wales valleys, where he lives with his long suffering wife and 2.4 cats.

Having gained his degree, he spent ten years working in industry, before deciding to change career and head into education. In many ways, it is the young people that he has taught that have influenced the way in which his characters have developed.

With an intere

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