OUT NOW–Past Tense (Schooled In Magic 10!)

23 Jul

Their past is not what they think it is…

Thrown back in time after the spells binding Whitehall School together nearly collapsed, Emily finds herself in the days of Lord Whitehall. But everything she knows about the past is a lie. The Whitehall Commune is in hiding from a great and terrible foe, while some of the legendary founders bicker like children and others call on deadly and untrustworthy entities with agendas of their own.

Desperately seeking a way back to her own time, her mere presence a boon and a curse to established history, Emily is drawn into a conflict against both rogue wizards and a mysterious force intent on exterminating all magicians before the future school can take shape. But as deadly powers converge on the castle, her time is running out…

…And, deep beneath Old Whitehall, something dark and dangerous is about to be born.

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90 Responses to “OUT NOW–Past Tense (Schooled In Magic 10!)”

  1. Gazza July 23, 2016 at 6:43 pm #

    bought it liked it and left a review =). LOL can’t talk too much about it without spoilers.

  2. manuel July 23, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

    finally… was tempted to read draft…

  3. merr49 July 23, 2016 at 11:23 pm #

    Yay now i just have to wait till tomorrow for it to be made available in my country. ;-(

  4. Katharina I. July 24, 2016 at 12:37 am #

    Excellent book! You managed to both outline the problems of time travel, and make it work plausibly. I already can’t wait for the next book!

  5. Billy July 24, 2016 at 2:06 am #

    I bought and read it 🙂 It is very good. I am going to re-read it next week.

  6. G July 24, 2016 at 2:50 am #

    Wonderful book! I hope a more confident, capable, grown-up Emily now moves forward in her normal timeline…with better speed and control in casting multiple combat spells in The Sergeant’s Apprentice!!

  7. Jacqueline Harris July 24, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    This was such a good book I left a review on Amazon. It was really great to see how strong and capable she has become.

  8. William Ameling July 24, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    We got close on what we thought would happen in Past Tense, but were wrong in a lot of details. She did less than I expected while in the past, but she had to do so to avoid ruining the future. We learned a lot about the (pre) history of magic and how it was used before the school was established and how the school got started, and it explained a lot of things from the previous books.

    Please read it before we start discussing it , and thereby let out a lot of Spoilers. If you liked the previous books you should really like this book ( read the series in order before you get to this book, if you have not already read them).

  9. Gazza July 24, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

    Sim 10 has at this time and date been listed as #1 best seller on Amazon.CA for Magical Fantasy. =) nice job

  10. david July 25, 2016 at 6:19 am #

    Great book while i am not a fan of time travel you did ok with it yet once again i cannot wait for the next book

  11. Frank Hemingway July 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    Read it. Liked it.the glimpse of the past was fun. No spelling errors found on the first reading.

    • Bret Wallach July 25, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

      At least one…

      Robin sorted. “And yet a demon… [should be] … Robin snorted. “And yet a demon…

      You never get the last typo. 🙂

  12. mr_jon3s July 25, 2016 at 5:03 pm #

    Liked it but it felt short.

  13. Maggie July 25, 2016 at 8:48 pm #

    I have enjoyed these books, I do wish that you would lighten up on the evil males/fathers take advantage of weak girls and poor is me, daddy looked at me crap. It gets old after the 100th time and my father has always loved and help/guide me. I;m sure most fathers are the same. Women aren’t as weak as you seam to think. Still, I will continue to buy and read them and I thank you for writhing them.

    • Don Yu July 26, 2016 at 6:31 am #

      Historically yes but not that interesting as a story, Would of been more interesting story if there was lot more about the social structure so we can see the difference and development of a sociality because of magic. Other then female magic users.

    • Jacqueline Harris July 26, 2016 at 8:49 am #

      This one was justified she hasn’t experienced a while lot of misogyny cause she is a sorcerous and a lot of people are scared off her. In the past she only had Whitehall on her side and the people didn’t take her seriously cause she was a girl. Fact is people with Daddy issues or emotional abuse situations take a while to get over them but judging by the end I would say she has taken a big step forward.

      • Don Yu July 26, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

        Just saying that too much repeat of females mistreatment throughout the novel. It just make all the females only victims without any action to solve the situation making it depressing.

  14. G July 26, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

    I enjoy the wonderful series and imaginative writing, but I hope the Sergeant’s Apprentice extends into intensive training and a military campaign in the summer to get her away from Whitehall and into the surrounding Allied Lands–she could also begin to develop exposure to the factions and countries/city-states making up the Allied Lands…After 3 books in a row set in Whitehall (IR, PT, & upcoming SA), please get Emily away from Whitehall–the series is becoming a constant “Adventures in Boarding School.”

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 26, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

      Sergeant’s Apprentice will take place away from the school. 😀

  15. Jack Hudler July 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

    Still keep thinking… who pushed her the first time?

    How would this series turned out if, book 10 was the first book?

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 26, 2016 at 9:11 pm #

      who pushed her the first time?

      Wondering that is a good way of going crazy. 👿

      • Jack Hudler July 26, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

        Crazy? Nah. Keeps the brains cells lubricated. 🙂

    • William Ameling July 27, 2016 at 6:57 pm #

      That is always the problem with time loop / time travel stories: how did the loop get established?

      If Emily wants to teach, what subject area will it be? It looks like it will be Martial Magic (i.e. the Sargent’s Apprentice) or possibly Military Magic, particularly if she spends some time (maybe her 6th year) at Stronghold (Chris has said that she will go to Stronghold at some point but he has not decided on when). Keep in mind that gunpowder and other not yet introduced ideas by Emily will have a strong impact on the war against the Necromancers. From book 10 there are two possible magical weapons against the Necromancers: Mimics and the spiders (if they can be summoned by humans)

      Book 10 did not tell us anything more about the 3rd continent or about the Faerie Wars, other than the Faerie being the probable cause of the spiders.

      One question about the prehistory of magic: how did magicians learn to control demons?

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 27, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

        how did magicians learn to control demons?

        Very carefully of course. 😉

      • Bret Wallach July 27, 2016 at 7:29 pm #

        I sorta imagined that the demons taught the demon masters since the demons want blood and other things from the magicians that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

        I also don’t get what the problem with a time loop is. To me, it’s sorta like asking where does a circle begin.

      • Jack Hudler July 27, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

        I agree with Bret.
        The demons are transcendental in nature, and don’t really require someone to summon them. It’s just a game.
        I don’t believe Demons aren’t allowed to directly affect the timeline. They must use proxies for that.
        The blood payment appears satiate their addiction to the soul energy it contains.

        Well that my 2 cents’, only CN would know for sure.

      • Gazza July 28, 2016 at 5:03 am #

        ever since Emily’s hand was licked by the demon to get her blood she seems to become unable to feel the evil coming off the books of packs. Is it becouse the books lost the link or did the demon do something to her when he licked her hand ??

      • Jacqueline Harris July 30, 2016 at 9:50 am #

        Maybe she will teach general magic like the basics as a tutor. Or maybe charmes

    • PuffinMuffin July 31, 2016 at 12:10 am #

      Perhaps she’s a terminator

  16. Jack Hudler July 27, 2016 at 1:07 am #

    When the demon said, “Time is … a confused structure,”
    For a split second a line from Doctor Who formed in my head.
    It’s from the “Blink” episode IIR, where the Doctor said, “time is a big ball of wibbly… wobbly… timey wimey, stuff”
    That got a distracted chuckle from me.

  17. bc July 27, 2016 at 9:35 pm #

    How about some more magi/tech items for SIM 11 like a magical victrola or (weather) balloons with two way mirrors attached to spy on the blighted lands. Maybe a pocket dimention filled with napalm, instant flame thrower with non-magical flame. Or a large tarp with a rune circle already on it, throw it on the floor, a quick glamor to hide it and poof instant rune trap.

    • Jack Hudler July 27, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

      I would like to see Emily tap the Nexus to fill a battery.
      Then use that to create a weapon that anyone could use against a Necromancer.
      This would effectively solve the Necromancer problem and let Chris get one to other subjects. Don’t get me wrong I like that arc in the story, it’s just getting a bit repetitious for Emily coming in the save the day.
      The only literary issue that has to be solved is maintaining the proprietary nature of the battery.

    • Don Yu July 28, 2016 at 4:23 am #

      I would love it if the Sargent’s Apprentice go back to show how the effects Emily introduction of present day concepts to nameless world is changing the social interactions and conflicts.

  18. PuffinMuffin July 28, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    Bought it yesterday and after reading only 3 chapters I’m far more entertained that reading Peter V Brett… (snore)

  19. Robert Peterson July 29, 2016 at 1:29 am #

    I have a question about the mimic but it would contain spoilers and I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone. Is there a chat/question forum I can post it on? Its driving me nuts.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 29, 2016 at 1:40 am #

      Visit http://thewritersclub.prophpbb.com/

      There’s a Christopher Nuttall folder with sub-folders for his series including Schooled In Magic.

      You might put a “Spoiler” in the subject line of your post.

      I will say that Chris has said that while this Mimic was the first, there were other Mimics created.

      Oh, he has left it open about which “Mimic” was the one that Emily helped destroy.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 29, 2016 at 1:46 am #

      Oh, while I wondered if that Mimic (seen at the end of Past Tense) contains the personality of a certain Master, Chris hasn’t confirmed or denied that it does.

      So he has left it open if that Master will return to the series. 😉

  20. G July 29, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

    This is a question–is it credible that Emily–even with high functioning autism–would aim to be a teacher at Whitehall when she could found entire universities as a Baroness and advisor to the crown in Zangaria??

    • Bret Wallach July 29, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

      I saw it said before that Emily had high functioning autism and after being in her head for ten books and 3,000 pages I don’t see it. If she’s on the autism spectrum, EVERYBODY’s on the autism spectrum. Being afraid of her step-father, ambivalent about being touched, and somewhat unobservant about when people are sweet on her or each other is hardly autistic. It’s more, umm, male! 🙂 Is there anything else in her thought patterns and feelings that somehow identify her as autistic?

    • Jack Hudler July 29, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

      G, Bret; I’m a High Functioning Autistic, and I can see her teaching. Bret, everyone is on the autism spectrum. If autism could be expressed on a linear scale 0-100 (which it can’t), then 0 = dead, 90+ is HFA, and 100 if NT (Neurotypical).
      The idea you must keep in your head when dealing with an autistic person is this; you’ve seen one autistic person, you’ve seen one autistic person. We are all different, yet we all have a basic set of traits. I could teach a class for perhaps 2 days a week, while others can’t or do it full time.
      Dealing with people requires an intense amount of cognitive energy. For me that energy is spent on acting NT.
      I know I’m reaching the end of my endurance when I start telling them, to F#$& off and grow a brain, in response to some apparently stupid question. 🙂

      • Bret Wallach July 29, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

        Hi Jack,

        What is it that Emily thinks, feels, or does that differs from a neurotypical? Can you point me to a scene where she does something not NT or where she specifically spends energy acting NT?

      • Jack Hudler July 29, 2016 at 10:30 pm #

        Hmmm, is this where I tell you…. 😉
        Ok, knowing that this is a fictitious character we are discussing, and as such, don’t actually have a person we can sit in front of a psychologist for testing (as an aside: never go to a psychiatrist and expect an autism diagnosis, there’s no drugs they can push on you, so you leave with a bipolar diagnosis).

        The answer for this question lies with Chris. Only he would know what aspects of the story reflect her autism. Anything I say would be pure speculation and stereotyping. Sort of like trying to deduce if Einstein or Newton fit the autism spectrum from using their writings.

        Sorry if this sounds like a cop out, but it’s considered rude to point out another Aspie’s social faux pas, unless you know them and only in private. But then again that’s what we’re known for. 😉

    • Jacqueline Harris July 30, 2016 at 10:05 am #

      I don’t get why everyone is fixed on Zangria and her being a Baron. It’s like were transposing what we want on Emily like she should want to be a Baron fact is she hated being a Baron. She literally hated it. We look at it and were like she is a noble she has power she is rich. Guys, when she finishes her mastery she will be noble she still has great wealth and she is the necromancers bane getting stronger everyday.

      In this world the Baron is an administrator managing her people. That sounds awesome but in practice is boring the Baroness doesn’t go around leading armies fighting monsters she is stuck at her castle managing an estate. White hall is her home. While she wants to travel around and fight necromancers she is most happy learning about magic working with magic bing surrounded by magic. The only way some other place would be better is if she formed a magic university like white hall but for older students like she briefly mentioned with Calab. She might end up doing that after she saves the world/

      As for her being high functioning autistic I totally see it in just her lack off understanding other peoples emotions. She is very oblivious in her own world. She is very poor social skills.It’s more then just being shy or uncomfortable with boys she really doesn’t get people or know how to interact with people. Evidence look at all her friends she made them on her own terms when all off them were at a low point except Caleb who has done most of the courting.

      • Don Yu July 30, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

        I think that she been a baron is interesting because she can change the world much easier then not.

        What then is the point of her coming to nameless world from here.
        I was originally interested in this series because this contain the interesting question what type of effect a person going back in time can have (positive and negative) with twist of magical world going through cold war between the evil and not.

        That expect was covered in small extend but now not. It just becoming another fantasy series.

        Hope there will be further extension of this expect of the story in the future as if not then it just another fantasy stories that could of been covered by the main character been a genius like Master Wolfe.

      • chrishanger July 31, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

        Jokes aside, it does take time for change to spread – particularly as Emily is coming to the end of anything that can reasonably be introduced very quickly. Steam engines, for example, will take time before they spread much further than they already have. But yes, there’s a lot more change to come.


      • Jack Hudler July 30, 2016 at 3:14 pm #

        Jacqueline, Sounds like a normal teenager.
        You pointed out her lack of social skills, which is correct. But Emily has an excellent theory of mind, and it shows in her compassion.
        Like most autistics (I’m loath to use that adjective), her theory of mind works well when she’s observing others. In other words she can see what’s going on between other individuals(only when she’s paying attention), but is blind to the social cues when she’s interacting one on one. This is why autistics don’t like to make eye contact, the information is too overwhelming. For this reason (and others), autistics can suddenly find themselves in a dangerous situations, not having realized how they got there.

      • G July 30, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

        Because in reading/writing fantasy, aside from introducing magic, a story doesn’t work well if human characters don’t follow normal human behavior. Barons in a medieval society were not “administrators”, tremendous amounts of land, people, and political and economic power and influence were theirs–and from roughly 800 to 1800 A.D. In Europe–despite many having disabilities and even mental illnesses–no one voluntarily abandoned them. It strains credibility to construct a world where a powerful baron has to renounce his title and lands to attend 5th and 6th year classes at the university of Paris,for example, or for a warrior to be required to abandon a title and forced to swear to the Holy Roman Empire to become a knight, or for Emily to walk away from the ability to found entire universities in order to become a teacher at Whitehall…it doesn’t make sense…

      • chrishanger July 31, 2016 at 9:26 pm #

        Obviously, we’re going to have to agree to disagree on that point .

        A person born and raised on the Nameless World WOULD see Cockatrice as a reward beyond price. That’s beyond dispute. A person raised on our world, however, might not have the slightest idea what’s been dropped on them until its too late. Even Emily didn’t grasp that she was basically being given a choice between a) being Baroness in name only and leaving someone else to do the hard work or b) being tied down to what is, essentially, a managerial job on a scale beyond anything she might have imagined. She never imagined getting such a reward, she never wanted to be responsible for so many people and yes, she resented it. The job isn’t something she ever thought she has a right to have.


      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 31, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

        Well, I won’t want the job. 😉

        Seriously, in one of Lois McMaster Bujold’s books, Ivan (the not-such-an Idiot) reflects that people wanted the Emperor’s Throne but few wanted the Emperor’s Desk (ie all of the work the Emperor had to do). 😀

      • Jacqueline Harris August 1, 2016 at 11:28 am #

        G when you talk about founding entire universities what kind of universities? Emily doesn’t want to teach normal subjects she wants to teach magic which she can’t do until she is a master herself. She talked about this with Caleb I think in the 8th book. Caleb was thinking he wanted to master two subjects and Emily wants to learn it all. Emily thought about constructing sort of a college level magic school for advanced studies. They would need other masters and sponsors along with a nexus point. Founding her own university at this point would be like a person with a bachelors in chemistry forming a Doctorate program. She doesn’t have the knowledge and she would need credentials to attract other teachers and students.

        You seem to think she can’t change or influence the population now that she isn’t a baroness but her initial innovations were before her promotion.
        Also with having to give up lands in order to join the white counsel that makes since. The magicians are like the united nations for all of the magicians and they have a policy not to mess with mundane politics at large at least those that have a position of power,

        There is major divide between magician political power and mundane politics. Before Emily has mostly dealt with the mundanes now maybe we will see how she develops working on the magicians side off things. Of course I do believe she will swing back to Zangria eventually. What void said to Emily made a lot of sense to me magic is the real power Alassa and Imique won’t be able to reach Emily’s level cause they have gone over to the mundane side off things building political power rather then magical.

      • Don Yu August 2, 2016 at 7:28 am #

        I like her been the baron because she can provide safe heaven to people and ideas to grow and prosper.

        Also without an example to show that what she is doing and introducing does have lot of benefits then it is hard to convince people of it since people who need to be convince will be other barons and kings. Those people are more conservative especially because it means protecting their power.

        Creating university would be much easier for a baron by providing land, money and protection. Also as baron she can also do a reform so further education for mundane can be allowed in the lands and research for non-magic subjects in her university.

        Maybe I am too interested in improvements for the mundane’s condition in the stories but as baron she can up lift the people with education and as baron she can create economical conditions for near universal eduction for all her people as education give people choice how their lives can lead.

      • G August 2, 2016 at 9:57 am #

        Please don’t misunderstand me…I love your books…but 1.) I think there would be a middle ground in being both a Baroness and a sorceress–especially if she can establish policy and delegate; 2.) the books establish the previous Baron spent most of his time hunting and chasing women; 3.) the requirement that a powerful noble needs to renounce his title to get magical training strikes me as unlikely; 4.) as I understand it, the White council is made up of countries, city-states, magical families, and magicians–not just magicians; 5.) the Great magical families hold significant lands as well as are powerful sorcerers–why not Emily; and 6.) she has more power to effect change, establish universities, fight necromancers, etc. with an independent power base…I’m looking forward to the next book…

  21. PuffinMuffin July 29, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

    Finished it today and after a bit of digesting it, I’ll just say I very much enjoyed it. It’s one of the best books in the series. Time travel is well handled and it was very interesting to get a glimpse of the past.

    There’s some interesting hooks that will probably be linked into in later books, and the section at the end is interesting, although it raises further questions.

    • Jack Hudler July 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

      Puffin, read it again. There’s more hidden in this book than others.

      • William Ameing July 30, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

        Once a Mimic loses enough stored or accessed energy to go back to its cloud form I am not sure if it retains much, if any, of the memories of previous victims. Although if it did, it would probably mean that is growing in size and therefore needing a larger and larger power supply and/or lasting in one form for shorter periods before having to get a new victim. In book 3 the Mimic was taking the place of students and even one of the Sargents without letting anyone know what it was. If it did retain those memories, you would think it would go back to an old incarnation instead of becoming a copy of the newest victim. Possibly this could be changed by a modified version of the Mimic creation spells.

        I am not sure that a Mimic would be an effective weapon against a Necromancer since it would become (almost) the Necromancer and might not have the problem of really large Magic energy flows driving it mad (madder than it already was). In fact a Magician who became a Mimic BEFORE being driven mad by Necromancy might become a much dangerous version of a Necromancer as long as it uses Necromancy to replenish its energy supply before returning to the Mimic’s cloud form. The only advantage to the non Necromancers is that they might know how to defeat a Mimic/Necromancer from what was learned in book 3 (if they can do it before the Mimic/Necromancer destroys them).

        A Mimic/Magician (Emily in the possible future shown by the demon, see book 5) having a power link to the Nexus Point MIGHT be stable and sane, but it could go done the path to madness very easily.

      • PuffinMuffin July 31, 2016 at 12:05 am #

        I was trying to avoid spoilers. But if you don’t mind them, I was specifically referencing the appendix: at the start of which, it mentions that the original human settlers were mystified by their arrival. Coupled with the alien (grey) symbol seen in “infinite regress”, I was wondering if they were alien abductees.

        That got me wondering if the demons were aliens too. Or perhaps whether the “nameless world” is an artificial construct.

        Speculation, I know.

    • Jacqueline Harris July 30, 2016 at 10:29 pm #

      yes it talked about how she went through a surge in both trial by fire and wedding hells and that made her stronger. Well Spoiler

      she went through another surge in this book.

  22. William Ameing July 30, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

    An interesting question is how long can a Mimic in its’ cloud form last before it dies for a lack of energy if it does not get a new victim.

    • Jack Hudler July 30, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

      A mimic can take on animal forms.

      • William Ameing July 31, 2016 at 7:28 am #

        Back in book 1 when we were first shown a Mimic in the Zoo attached to the school, it was a sheep that took on the form of another sheep, but what if there were no relatively advanced animals for it to absorb, e.g. how long would it last absorbing insects? What if it was in an warded enclosure that it could not penetrate like the Zoo and without any large animals available when it needed one for energy, how long could it last?

        A Mimic /Necromancer on the other hand could absorb power via its Necromatic victims before it was forced to return to cloud form and maybe lose its old memories and personality.

        Actually that raises a separate question: could use Necromancy be performed on non human animals and possibly be not so Madness inducing if the amount of energy generated per victim was smaller?

        Also Necromancy with a battery available might not be very dangerous (Madness inducing), at least in the short term. In the long term, it would loss it’s sense of humanity and become more like a demon or some of the Faerie in it’s attitude towards normal humans.

  23. Doug Lohse July 31, 2016 at 11:24 pm #

    I came upon the Schooled in Magic series purely by accident but I am glad I did. I have been through all ten books in about two weeks. I haven’t found a series this addicting since last century. Yes, I do mean last century. At least now I can get some sleep! Well done and congratulations.

    You have built an enjoyable world and cast of characters to go along with it. The only real question I am left asking after each book is when she will finally realize that she IS a Child of Destiny not just because of her mother’s name. Shayde for the right target, for sure.

    I guess it is time to devour the rest of your works.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 31, 2016 at 11:31 pm #

      I hope none of her friends, after hearing about this adventure, points out to Emily that she sure was a True Child Of Destiny here. [Very Big Grin]

      After all, Emily was a major factor in the Founding of Whitehall School. 😉

    • chrishanger August 2, 2016 at 9:31 pm #

      I’m sure someone will eventually point it out to her


  24. Gxx August 3, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    It is a good book. But whatever you have planned for the second part of 5th year and Emily’s 6th year, please let it not be another “Whitehall almost got destroyed” story. Thanks.

    P.S. And if she goes to Zangaria maybe something different then “Revolution and killing of the royal family”.

    • chrishanger August 5, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

      I was thinking something more personal for her sixth year crisis


  25. Paul B August 4, 2016 at 6:05 am #

    After reading the book, the one thing that I wished she also pushed for, in her deal with the devil, would have been the return of the Grandmaster’s soul to its appropriate final resting place. I would have been happier with her making the deal is she was able to make the Grandmaster’s final rest a part of the deal; even though I know that she was not really in any condition to barter.

    Slightly off topic, but not by much, is Emily ever going to try to read the book that Void gave her in the very first book. He mentioned that it was full of spells, but the words kept changing as Emily tried to read it. He also mentioned that it took him 10 years to decrypt it. Given Emily’s love for books and unique knowledge I am suprised that she has forgotten this book for the last 5 years. I say forgotten because this book does not come up once, after it’s brief introduction.

    Lastly, I know that this may not be an area that may be explored based on your overall story outline, but, will we ever get to know who Emily’s real father is? I know this point may simply be something that you put in place to give her a internal struggle with abandonment issues. Yet, given how much Emily dwells on the past, in particular her step father, it would be nice to develop that past into something more than just a poor girl who no one loved.

    By the way, I love the series.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard August 4, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

      Well, Emily’s real father apparently abandoned Emily & her mother.

      There was a hint in one of the books that Emily’s parents were never married.

      So I don’t see any good reason for Emily’s father to show up and IIRC Chris has already ruled out him showing up in the series.

      • William Ameing August 5, 2016 at 4:55 am #

        I guess the question about Emily’s father is whether he was also something really special in the potential for magic and passed it on to her, or was he nothing special and Emily is the extremely rare lucky product of the DNA lottery from her parents? If you have a big enough group to search and choose from you can find anything that is allowed by the genes in species’ gene pool, particularly when multiple times, worlds, and parallel timelines are available to a Demon to search to satisfy Shadye’s requirements back in book 1. Apparently he was nothing special in the magical abilities area.

        Emily’s father being special is behind the suggestions of him being Void, Whitehall, a Demon, etc. that have been made, including by me.

        Although I do question her several hour exposure to a Dragon while riding on its back to the school in book 1 when Void could have just teleported her there. Could that exposure strengthened her potential magical abilities? We know that Dragons are extremely potent magical creatures.

    • chrishanger August 5, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

      She has been working on it. But very slowly.


  26. Jack Hudler August 5, 2016 at 5:45 pm #

    Chris, you have to be chuffed at PT’s rankings.

  27. William Ameing August 6, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

    The other thing about time loop/time travel stories is that we do not see how the loop changes or evolves through many iterations of the loop. With demons who are outside of the timeline/physical world involved, we must assume that the Demon(s) started the time loop and then manipulated how it changed and developed as it repeated.

  28. Jacqueline Harris August 7, 2016 at 12:55 am #

    Any plans to see the manavoirs’ again? Also what is Gordian’s opinion off Lady Emily now that he knows her in person rather then just reputation? Is Gordian going to face some blow back for Whitehall’s almost destruction?

    • chrishanger August 7, 2016 at 11:07 am #

      They’ll be back


      • Jack Hudler August 7, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

        That’s going to make modern day magicians wet themselves!

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard August 7, 2016 at 3:26 pm #


        Modern Day Magicians can handle them (after the surprise wears off).

        It’s who is behind them that will make modern day magicians wet themselves!

        IE The Faerie Will Return! 👿

        Note, this is my guess. 😉

  29. William Ameing August 13, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    Like I said above, the manavores/spiders are a potential weapon against the Necromancers and/or other (bad) magicians in Emily’s present time/world if they can be summoned/created. Which means basically by Emily or someone having information about them from Emily, or possibly by the Faerie or Demons (but I think the Demons may be in danger from the manavores)..

    Even, after the Necromancers are dealt with, there will still be recurring long term problems with the Faerie and the Demons. Plus new magicians will always be tempted by the quick easy path to power via Necromancy or other Black Arts/Demons, instead of the long hard path of school and apprenticeship. Then there is always the normal political problems of the non magical world/power structure.

  30. Carmelo September 4, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

    Great series, but is book 10 the end? I hope not.

    • Carmelo September 4, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

      And will she ever have to travel back to her own world?

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard September 4, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

        Chris’s comments in the past tell me that Emily won’t ever return to her “old world”.

        She has no reasons to do so and traveling to “our world” may mean a price that she doesn’t want to pay.

      • chrishanger September 8, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

        I wasn’t planning to send her back. But we will see.


    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard September 4, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

      At least one more is coming and I don’t think it will be the last one.

      • chrishanger September 8, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

        Put it this way. I have enough material for at least 10 more books, with rough plots for 5.


      • Jack Hudler September 9, 2016 at 3:28 am #

        10 more! Man you rock!

  31. Billy J. Lassiter January 4, 2017 at 3:21 am #

    Have read all ten books 6plus times.
    Getting ready to read again.
    Need next book soonest!

    • Jack Hudler January 4, 2017 at 7:06 pm #


    • Jack Hudler January 4, 2017 at 7:07 pm #

      As in RIGHT NOW!

    • Jack Hudler January 5, 2017 at 2:54 am #

      Sorry ‘We Lead’ is out now. The Sergeants Apprentice will be out soon.
      See his ‘Happy New Year!’ post here.

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