UP NOW – Trial By Fire (Schooled In Magic VII!)

14 Jul

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, a deadly threat that may destroy the entire school and a fight she cannot win, but dares not lose …

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10 Responses to “UP NOW – Trial By Fire (Schooled In Magic VII!)”

  1. Fred Sanders July 15, 2015 at 11:28 pm #

    Enjoyed this one, just like I enjoyed the rest, except for Love’s Labor Won, that’s the only one I felt wasn’t up to par with the rest.

  2. Tommy July 20, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    Hi Chris, posted a review on Amazon.co.uk

    The story themselves show a lack of overall character growth, I would like to see more regarding Alassa, Imaiqah and Aloha, not too mention Caleb and Emily’s other friends. Emily changed Melissa’s life rather dramatically in the last book though we hear very little of how she is now settling in. It seems to be one of the sacrifices being made to deliver a shorter story more frequently. Emily still seems to walk blindly into every situation though hopefully this book sees a change in that mentality, the ending certainly seemed to convey that sense and I hope it is one Christopher goes with. The prose within the book and at some points the writing style are not up to the authors best and I do think Chris needs to learn to write another way for his characters to show disdain, anger or jealously as all they ever seem to do is fold there arms under their breasts.The theme has been used before, in this series and not just other works, yet it is well told and I enjoyed the time it took to read the novel, eagerly awaiting the next chapters in Emily’s progression to saviour of the allied lands.

  3. Tommy July 21, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

    There are a lot of characters in the series that feel like paper cut-outs, just people for Emily to be bounced off. I think it would be great for them to be fleshed out more, given more substance and more depth. I like the novels, the series and the author; I would like this to continue.

    With the writing style being from Emily’s point of view there is the opportunity to write a novel from someone else’s point of view, imagine this book if seen through the eye’s of Frieda or Caleb? The ending described by someone else would have been fantastic and would of allowed a look into that character and the others by there interaction. We could experience a Ken match first hand or see how the folks of Cockatrice go about their day and other wonders, all without experiencing Emily’s lack of confidence and inexperience with the nameless world.

  4. G August 10, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

    I just re-read the school of hard knocks, and I was wondering if you could tell us more about the white-haired girl standing next to lord Whitehall in the portrait in aurelious’ office. She seemed to be both mysterious and important???

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