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Dark is Her Nature

(The School of Necessary Magic #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,108 ratings  ·  79 reviews

For Hire: Teachers for special school in Virginia countryside. Must be able to handle teenagers with special abilities. Cannot be afraid to discipline werewolves, wizards, elves and other assorted hormonal teens. Apply at the School of Necessary Magic. 

Alison is a young Drow princess whose power is just beginning to grow inside of her – too bad for the dark forces a

Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published June 6th 2018 by LMBPN Publishing
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Anita Rajendran
Jul 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not great

Felt like reading a children’s book, not a YA book. Writing style is for 5 year olds. Think the story may be there but just not polished enough.
Bonnie Dale Keck
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
kindle unlimited, quite UNhappy with this book, had been looking forward to seeing it come out...then get dialogue where can't tell who is talking, or in some cases contradicts what talking about {examples, of way too many, the kid supposedly doesn't know she's drow princess, in other places might know she's drow, but knows next to nothing about powers, in other places it says so and so knows about drow and much more than this character yet the other person who knows is said to know little to no ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
First off, I want to say that this book has so much potential. I loved the universe, the characters and the plot ideas that the authors had for this story.

It was a little difficult keeping the flow of the story straight, such as the major/minor characters, etc.
I wonder if it might have been due to the authors attempting to lay the entire groundwork, and squeeze most, if not all, of the characters into the first book. I'm no author, but I can't help but wonder if these issues were reworked, poss
2.75 ***

The head-hopping detracted from the story.

April eclecticbookworm
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. I guess confused would be my most boiled down feeling about this. It felt like I had been tossed into the middle of a series but this is the first book. The description was for a MC named Alison and opens with Izzie and a massive mystery with her then goes back and forth between Alison and Izzie (mostly Alison) but the girls are so similar I kept forgetting whose POV we were in at that moment. The age range confused me early on. It was down as YA and the cover ...more
Kristen Walker
This was a quick, fun read. Although I’ve mentioned that I’m not a fan of Harry Potter, I love books about magic schools, and this one has a lot of the entertaining parts of a magic school story. There are magical creatures and plants, different types of powers, lessons in spells and other magic, mysterious pasts, bullies, and students trying to uncover secrets that their teachers haven’t told them yet.

It’s part of an established world, but I haven’t read any of the other books to know the world
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Potential YA offshoot from Leira and Brownstone series

I love Allison and am interested in learning more about Izzie but at times this book was choppy in how the authors tried to intertwine the story lines might have given only three stars if Allison wasn’t in the book. Also when dealing with magic schools you can’t help but compare to HP. That said I honestly am no fan of Liera for the same reason as this book, but love Brownstone and Shay stories. Hoping with next installment I can give a five
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series has mayor potential! Must Read!!

The reason I chose this series is because I love the Alison character from TUMB series. The power behind her and the potential she has is just an amazing story to be told. Probably better than the Harry Potter series and that is saying something because I love the Harry universe JKR created! This series has the potential to be that and more!! She is a drow princess (doesn't really know what that mean but we know from her mom's display of power in the T
Keith Symcox
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Wow, this is a perfect example of what can go wrong with a collaborative book.

First, the authors couldn't seem to decide who was the protagonist, with irritating narrative shifts almost every chapter. Then there was no real conflict in the novel, no antagonist, and no follow through on any of the (weak) conflict that was there. Nothing was resolved, nothing was delved into deep enough to hold interest and the teachers were all so good as to be unbelievable.

Minor Spoilers below.

Even more irritati
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Harry Potter and James Brownstone books
Dark is Her Nature - a review by Rosemary Kenny

The book introduces Izzie, a Light Elf and more, who's enrolled at the School of Necessary Magic after she and her parents are attacked, by an evil force seeking to obtain Izzie's power. To further protect their daughter, her parents ask that she and they have their memories magically wiped, so they cannot betray her if captured and to spare Izzie the pain of separation.
Brought to join the school as room-mate and soon fast friend to Izzie, is Drow p
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Note: -- Seems that while I am in an 'urban' fantasy mood, I'm not in an UF with the MC as a mid teen mood. Not even with the MC often being one of more than supporting characters, in the series that this spun off from that I just blitzed through the 20? books I own. (hope makes sense am in a lot of pain)

(FYI I tend to only review one book per series, unless I completely change my mind on a series, so want to change my scoring down a lot)

How I rate Stars: 5* = I loved (must read all I can find
Dec 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Imagine that we live in a world of magic, and that there's a literary genre called "tech fiction" in which technology is used in place of magic. Imagine a tech-fiction book about a tech school: Students arrive in their teens to learn technology. They are taught to operate basic technology - e.g., using light bulbs. Kids compete, and sometimes shoot electricity at each other. Meals are prepared by a robot and delivered by drones. If there's a society in the background, it's tissue thin - perhaps ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Harry Potter meets Shadowhunters

I won this book in a giveaway and was the first book I have ever read by these authors. So I probably should have done my research prior because there are quite a bit of holes and questions left unanswered that probably were touched on in some other book.

Dark is Her Nature starts off fast with a battle between Izzie and her parents vs dark wizards. Though it is never explained or brought up in this book what the fight may have been about, or it's importance (hopef
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even more magical than Hogwarts!

Absolutely fantastic read. Loved it!! Five mismatched girls are roomed together in their first year at a school of magic. One is an orphan, one has had her memory wiped (to protect her), one is extremely introvert, one is a social fashionista and one is normal. They all have magic but two don't know how to use it. Regardless they make friends with a trio of boys. This covers their trials and tribulations as they manoeuvre through the first year. A wonderful plot t
Mike Lewis
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you like Harry Potter check out this new series

A new series that I just discovered. Apparently with many other books already written in this universe that I will be checking out. This book is similar to Harry Potter and Hogwarts. And so much that it is kids going to a magical high school to learn how to control their magic. More magical beings go to school then just witches and wizards though. It has a great cast of characters and a great story so far. There are dark forces out there as well
Sarah Crawford
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark Wizards attack Izzie. Allison comes to the School for Necessary Magic and she's very unique in that she is technically blind but can see magical energy. Her books are provided in braille but I still have some difficulty understanding how she can manage in class unless the teacher never uses the blackboard or handouts. They must have figured out some way around that problem but I don't know what it was.

Allison is also a Drow (a character from frp games) and it will be interesting to see how
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Nothing ever happens. (Par for the Oricean course in my experience, though I'd hoped that Anderle's increased participation might change that.)

Also a major problem is the huge inconsistency in the description of Alison's vision, which is exacerbated by constantly shifting POVs. Alison is supposed to see only magical energy, but at times she sees normally, or sees pictures normally while needing braille to read, even as she describes cursive lettering in the same sentence. It's inexplicable.

Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars Really enjoyed reading this book - a bit of a change up from the RH slump I was getting into.
Interesting storyline. There were a few times where I felt the pacing was a bit off and the conversation a bit clumsy. This is not written from one characters point of view so it did chop and change here and there between any of the main group of characters. This is a bit of a different style and took a bit to get used to. I had to re-read to work out who the author as describing. Overall, tho
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
An incomplete book

I waited awhile to read this one. I am a huge fan of the Brownstone series. I was expecting this book to be all about Allison; my bad.

First off, this book is mostly told between the experiences of two teenagers attending the school; Allison and Izzy. There is really only one small adventure that I believe is the precursor to the rest of the series, but other than that NOTHING happens except the introduction of support characters.
I believe the author's are trying to establish t
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story in general, the plot moved along at a steady pace, and the small world-building elements, like the Willens or the Vampire plants, leant authenticity. What I had difficulty with was keeping track of our protagonist. I thought it was Izzie then Alison. Izzie got this whole introduction and kind of slipped into the background. Alison gets no intro and the mystery of her Drow ancestry doesn’t really go anywhere. I’m still confused. I do like their group of friends though; their ...more
Nov 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
For really young readers, continuity errors

I made it to the 3rd book in this series, didn’t finish it. Boring. Books with no story line, just bla bla. Middle schooler diary. Dead end story threads. Holy continuity errors! The first book Mara has been headmistress for 15 years. That made me blink. In the 3rd book even though only 1 school year has past it is referenced it has been 20 years. What grade year some students are change. Can’t say others without spoilers. The gargoyle I was excited to
Bobby Childers
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Teenagers are the same no matter if they are magical or not.

This is the first book about Alison who is a Drow princess, but hasn't told her friends yet because she isn't quite sure herself what that means. The book is similar to the Harry Potter series in that the main characters are magically inclined teenagers and are prone to not always obeying the rules of their school. I can forsee numerous mis-adventures arising from this group as they scramble their way to adulthood. This is a very good b
Cristina Hidalgo
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm EXTREMELY disappointed in this book, but perhaps that's because Anderle is one of my favorite authors.

I couldn't tell if the heroine was Izzie, who had her memories removed, or Allison, the Drow princess. Both girls are first years at the school and make friends with about five others. There was no plot in this story...merely minor events that occured sporadically. It had the potential to be a great story and had its intriguing moments, but it just didn't do it for me. There were lots of qu
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another adventure through the universe of the Oriceran world starring Alison Anderson or do you say Alison Brownstone? The cast of characters includes some old favorites from the Brownstone series by Michael Anderle, et al. and a host of new ones. This chronicles Alison's first year at the secret government school for magic. Anderle and his collaborating group of like-minded authors ( the Kurtherian Gambit/Oriceran Universe together contain more than 150 books!) have what seems to be another gre ...more
Kirsten Ensman
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good story

I wish I knew the order of these books before I got started reading them. I believe if I had read them in order I would have grown to like them even more. As it is, I'm finding that I prefer Raine at the school to Allison. I enjoy Allison more as the boss than in this book. I like the characters. Their gifts to each other were funny and thoughtful and so very them. I find Shay and Brownstone not very warm in this book. I imagine that changed somewhere along the way. Away we go on an ad
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Entertaing & famliar

This book is a nice setup for a young adult book centered around Alison & her friends, all of which are interesting teenagers. And the school they attend is interesting but reminded me a lot at times of Hogwarts from the "Harry Potter" books. So I think many young adults who like How books will also like this one for those factors. But adults like me might find themselves torn between not wanting to read about teenage anxieties but wanting to know how the Izzy mystery & magic
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
This felt like a first chapter in a book instead of a first book in a series. Magic is glossed over and there is a small amount of world building, but no real plot to speak of. I am not familiar with any of the other series so I am guessing this was more of an homage to those instead of a real story.

I am guessing there are about 60k words in this book. That makes it barely a novel size. With all the challenges with the dialog and continuity, it would seem like this was written during NaNoWriMo.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much more than I expected!

I'm a long time fan of both Michael & Martha's books, and I've loved them all, but this one is something special. If you're new to either of these authors (or any of the dozens of authors they collaborate with), start with this book.

I guarantee, it will leave you hungry for more of their stories, and they've got plenty more. And don't be afraid to hop into any of the other universes they've created!
Frank Bertino
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Drow Princess In Training

Alison is brought to the school by Brownstone and Shay to learn her magic and be safe. She makes friends with Izzie and others in her class. I like the character development of Alison and her friends. The inclusion of characters from other books is interesting. Will Luke the Werewolf boy 's loyalty to Alison strengthen? I look forward to the next book.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
2 1/2 stars. I enjoyed getting to know Alison a little more. There was no big drama or threat in this book other than what it is typical to anyone adjusting to a new high school (magical or not). Once, Alison and her friends encounter some dangerous magicians who threaten them but the real reason for why is left unanswered for another book. Other than that, it is not that much different than any number of urban fantasies that are in set in some sort of magic school.
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