Series: Schooled In Magic
Published by Self Published on July 13th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: James
After a brief visit to the Blighted Lands, in hopes of recovering something useful from Shadye’s Dark Fortress, Emily returns to Whitehall for her fourth year, bracing herself for the exams that will determine her future. But as she resumes her education, she discovers that the shadows of the past are hanging over the school. A teacher wants to break her, some of her friends are acting oddly and, worst of all, a boy intends to court her.
But as she struggles to come to terms with her own past, she discovers a plot to kill her and a deadly threat that may destroy the entire school...and a fight she cannot win, but dares not lose.
The Schooled in Magic series has fast become one of my favorite series of the year. At some point, I’ll have to go back and relisten to them so that I can get a review up for each book. I just finished the seventh book in the series, TRIAL BY FIRE. A lot of series start to lose steam by the fifth book or so, that is not the case with Schooled in Magic. TRIAL BY FIRE continues the series perfectly.
Schooled in Magic is a heavily character driven series, and that has managed to stay strong throughout the series. Emily has lots of issues that she’s been working through from her time on Earth, before she came to the Nameless world. She was seriously abused and that has played a huge part in her character arc. In TRIAL BY FIRE she makes more progress than ever before to put that behind her and stand up for herself. TRIAL BY FIRE also starts the first real romance in the series. My favorite part about the romance is that it’s not an insta-lust. That’s definitely not Emily’s personality, and I get so tired of insta-lust romances.
TRIAL BY FIRE has so much going on. Nuttall has six previous books worth of plots to keep growing on. He doesn’t tackle small problems. There’s the growing problem of Emily’s barony, as the freedom she’s instituted is causing a massive exodus from other baronies to hers. Emily has to take care of stuff she inherited when she killed a necromancer, she has to catch up on her school work from being at Mountaintop almost all of the previous year, and of course dealing with her new tutor that seems to have it out for her.
One of my favorite things about Schooled in Magic is just how often Emily fails. Even when she succeeds she has to face consequences that she never expected. Too many series have the main character succeed too easily, or succeed at the last second, but still pull it off perfectly. Emily rarely pulls things off perfectly, and that makes her a more believable protagonist and gives her opportunity to continue to learn and grow.
I can’t recommend Schooled in Magic enough. Like I said, it’s one of my favorite series of the year. TRIAL BY FIRE keeps up and improves on everything I love about the series, and I’m impatiently waiting for the release of the audiobook for the next one.Series Titles:
- Schooled in Magic
- Lessons in Etiquette
- Study in Slaughter
- Work Experience
- The School of Hard Knocks
- Love's Labor's Won
- Trial by Fire