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I got to read an earlier version of this story which was included in a Magical Schools anthology and was impressed, so picked it up when it was expanded into an e-book. The author expanded the story out and change a few things in it - all to good effect. I'm quite impressed with his efforts, and it gives an unusual insight in the writing process of how a story evolves into a novel. I'm also glad to see that the author intends to expand this out further with at least one more sequel book. It's helpful if you've read the Schooled in Magic series, but not a must as it stands on its own pretty well. (I'd recommend reading SiM anyway as it's a great series whether you get this book or not.)
I liked the Schooled In Magic series, but this is better. Nuttall’s considerable writing talents have grown and it’s almost as if he was engaged in an apprenticeship with this series being g his mastery. Just wonderful reading. A carefully crafted story with enough curve balls to keep you reading straight through.
This book introduces a new character (Adam) who is knowledgeable about a lot of aspects of magic while actually being mundane (without magic), and expands on another character (Lilith) that was little more than a passing reference before. It also re-visits some old friends from the SIM series who are now trying to run Heart's Eye, and finding it hard going, because they don't really know what a University is.
There is one character-shift that I found a little too fast and too drastic, but I won't say more because it would be a fairly big spoiler, being central to the story-line.
A definite "do read" for any fan of the SIM universe. Looking forward to the next in the series.
I like the writing, characters, plot, intrigue, suspense, twists. There are new and old characters present and they worked well. I like the idea of someone well grounded in theory and practicals having the opportunity to learn and use other fields to make new things.
Dislike? Mean people suck. Some will change for the better, some will find new lows to hit. That's the world for you, so can't hold it against the book. You have to have an antagonist, right?
I'd recommend this book to pretty much anyone. No bad language, no egregious violations of Grammer, syntax, or spelling, no egregious violence.
I liked the hero, who is bent on making a name for himself in a world of magic while lacking any. I thought that he would be more likely to veer into the crafts where he could make a name by coming up with science based invention rather than magic. I liked that he did come up with some applications to magic with the help of a mage,Lilly. When presented with the total destruction of the school and town though, instead of coming up with a way to stop it, he just tries to sacrifice himself. I really didn't think that would work. I felt the author needed to end the story somehow and took the easy way out.
This book provides a different perspective and insights into the nameless world that can’t be ignored by those who love this series. And although our favorite character Emily isn’t in this book. We get to see what so many people think about her. And what her motives are. It’s very apparent that she’s something to everyone. If you love the SIM universe then you must pick up this book!!
Again, another brilliant novel that investigates the turmoil we are experiencing in our World by showing how man falls into problems in the magical world . The weaknesses men and women have and our willingness to believe what we want be true; is mirrored in this story. It is also well written and entertaining. It makes you look forward to the next story.
I love the Stuck in magic and The cunning man off shoots of the Emily universe. They are a brilliant breath of fresh air. They continue the thing I most love about your writings (I've read very thing you have written), you are constantly trying to explore the nature of magic. What it is and what it isn't. Also the change to the viewpoint of the mundaines is very refreshing.
If I had a vote the magic line of stories beats the space opera stories everytime. OK, I do love them, but magic is more intellectually interesting.
Even in a long series, and this one is 8 years of history, leaves a lot out! It is cool to go back and fill in the holes. Anne McCartney did that in her Pern series. Both turned out awesome! Emily is young, wonder how long he will follow this world, and its' interesting story telling opportunities? Look forward to more. He is an excellent story teller!
It's Chris Nuttall's usual setup of a kind of sociological investigation into different cultures. If that sounds boring, it isn't! The hero is very realistic and the heroine ,(and love interest) a fascinating chick who is bright, beautiful and very much her own woman. Well up to standard.