OUT NOW– The Sergeant’s Apprentice (Schooled In Magic XI)

7 Jan

Sergeants Apprentice Cover

The Nameless World Goes to War!

The necromancers have finally resumed their assault on the Allied Lands, sending a mighty army across the Desert of Death and into the Kingdom of Tarsier. Countless farms, villages and towns have already been destroyed as the host makes its way northwards, striking deep into the kingdom’s most vulnerable lands. Hundreds of thousands have been killed, thousands more will be killed when they are sacrificed for power. If the necromancers win the coming battle, it may be the beginning of the end …

When Sergeant Miles invites her to join the coalition force, Emily reluctantly accepts. The necromancers have to be stopped, even if it means taking time off from school to serve as the sergeant’s apprentice. But with arguing aristocrats, reluctant soldiers, fearful civilians, shadows from her past, a dangerously-sane necromancer and treachery in the ranks, stopping the invasion may cost Emily her life …

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98 Responses to “OUT NOW– The Sergeant’s Apprentice (Schooled In Magic XI)”

  1. iheartdeer January 7, 2017 at 10:39 pm #

    Chris you rock! Can’t wait to read this as soon as I’m done with the current book I’m on. This was an earlier release than I was expecting so I’m thrilled. 😀

  2. Issac January 8, 2017 at 1:45 am #

    UK ONLY….

    • iheartdeer January 8, 2017 at 1:48 am #

      I was able to get it and I’m in the US. Granted, I also ordered it from Amazon and it’s the Kindle edition. I didnmt see an option to purchase a physical copy, but I also didn’t look. I’m addicted to my kindle.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard January 8, 2017 at 1:56 am #

      I got it via the US Amazon.

  3. G January 8, 2017 at 2:32 am #

    Great Book!! Thank you for getting her out of Whitehall and back into battle!! Can’t wait to see her back in Benefience/Zangaria in Fists of Justice–what is Randor going to do with her now she’s a heroine with pressure building on him to welcome her back??? Looking forward to next book…

  4. randallberger January 8, 2017 at 6:40 am #

    I was a beta reader on this book … Brilliant … and out of Whitehall!

    Once Upon A Time, I was deep into Chris’ space operas, mainly EMPIRE CORPS and ARC ROYAL … and during a dry spell, I dipped into his SCHOOLED IN MAGIC series … Presto! I binge read the first six and have really hung out for them ever since! If you like SIM, you’ll also be right into ROYAL SORCERESS and the BOOKWORM series.

    If you have trouble getting books because of a region lock, use a VPN …

    • robinsaw January 8, 2017 at 7:14 am #

      This book was brilliant. I think this might be the best book in the series so far, started reading it at 2:30 am and finished it by 8 am.
      The world created in SIM is truly an master piece.
      Time to re read the series for the 7th time..

      • chrishanger January 8, 2017 at 8:28 am #

        Thank you! Say that on the review?


  5. Isa January 8, 2017 at 9:04 am #

    Love the book going to re/read them all again as want to refresh myself of the story. Also can’t wait for next book to come out. Keep up the good work love your writing. In which book does the fairies come back in as always wanted to see where the story went with that?

    • chrishanger January 20, 2017 at 3:48 am #

      They will be back, soon. Promise.


  6. Nadski January 8, 2017 at 10:46 am #

    Hi Chris,
    Any chance you can get this available on other sites that don’t require people to be in the US? Tired of having to fake a billing address on Amazon to buy your books.

    • chrishanger January 20, 2017 at 3:48 am #

      It’s out now on Ibooks and will be out on others soon.


  7. Vapori January 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

    At actually had no problem ordering it from germany.
    10 minutes after it pooping up on the site and read it in one go.
    I agree it’s maybe the best book in the series. With lot’s of action.

    Even then I also like the parts were she learns new spells or spell concepts.

  8. Ian Kelly January 8, 2017 at 6:33 pm #

    Hey Chris, can you tell me when the rest of the series are going to be available on audible? Tavia Gilbert has done a great job reading them.
    Many thanks

    • Issac January 9, 2017 at 2:23 am #


    • Blake Rainwater January 10, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

      I have to disagree. When listening to her, I can’t help but tense up, since it sounds like she is constantly tense and anxious, or at least being extremely deliberate with her words. Am I alone in this opinion?

    • chrishanger January 20, 2017 at 3:50 am #

      Ideally, there will be one out every two months. But it’s a slow process.


  9. Jared January 8, 2017 at 8:22 pm #

    Awesome book I stayed up all nigh to read it. Can’t wait for the next one!!

  10. Issac January 9, 2017 at 2:20 am #

    Was finally able to get it… Not sure why I could not find it in kindle store (US.) Also just finished twilight of the gods… Nice… Wished it was more than three books…

    • Issac January 9, 2017 at 2:22 am #


    • chrishanger January 20, 2017 at 3:51 am #

      I may do a fourth book. But I don’t have a solid plotline yet.


  11. Jensebaum January 9, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

    Awesome new book!
    Read it in one go, will read it a second time very soon. Captivating, fast-paced plot, which opens up a whole lot of new possibilitys for the future.
    Emilys own Nexus to toy with? Can’t wait to see where this will lead! Also, the rather strong hint, that the Blightet Lands can be healed, is interesting, and I’m curious about the mystery of the mirrors.

    In the whole book, I found only one minor point I would like to criticize: The Secret That Cannot Be Spoken – Spell. You contradict your earlier books with what you say about it. Void didn’t cast it on Emily, he gave her a scroll to do so herself, so that the spell would embed itself in her magic, making it impossible to break without killing her.
    I understand why you changed that, it was a bit overpowered, but I think there would have been more elgant ways to do so.
    But, as I said, a very minor point.

    All in all, it gets more interesting with every new book, and I’m already looking forward to the next one!

  12. BobPM January 9, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

    Just started the book. Is there a map of the nameless world anywhere? A link, maybe even to a fan drawing?

    • Kell Harris January 13, 2017 at 9:52 am #

      There’s a map on his Facebook page

  13. William Ameling January 10, 2017 at 12:36 am #

    I had been checking several times a day for TSA and was surprised to see it late Saturday evening. Once we got into the weekend I did not expect it until Monday or Tuesday. Chris did his usual (and hoped for) excellent job. I have only one small complaint, why didn’t Caleb’s mother accompany her husband, General Pollack, to the battlefield? Given that she is a Mediator and Combat Sorceress who met him during a previous military campaign, I expected her to come with him.

    It looks like Emily will be adding a new, but not to be publisized (to the public and Necromancers in the Unnamed World) title, to her list: Nexus Master or something similiar. It gives us a hint about the future of the Blighted/Blasted Lands and part of what Emily will end up doing as the SIM series progresses. As well as the idea of the University for advanced magicial studies that she may end up founding.

    What I am looking forward to is when and how she will explain the events of Past Tense (Book 10) to Caleb, Miles, Lady Barb and Void. She can/should not tell Alassa, Imaiquah, and Jade about them as long as Randor remains King of Zangaria.

    As a physics/astronomy major I find myself wondering about the physical properties of mana as compared to electricity and magnetism. It will be interesting to watch as her and Caleb’s researches continue to develope.

    • William Ameling January 10, 2017 at 12:43 am #

      A well developed science of magic will require not just storage methods (her batteries) but also ways to measure quantities so that numerical calculations be performed and mathematical theories can be formulated and tested.

    • BobPM January 11, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

      Wouldn’t it be a great time to also create a school/university for the mundane sciences? A great way to increase the measurement capabilities of the world.

  14. William Ameling January 10, 2017 at 12:53 am #

    It will also require better ways to measure non magicial quantities, particularly time and distance

  15. G January 10, 2017 at 5:36 am #

    Just a thought, but Emily knows the deepest secrets of Whitehall and the Allied Lands with her knowledge of nexus points and Whitehall like wards–yet because she’s on probation, she hasn’t taken any oaths to Whitehall and the Allied Lands…this should make interesting politics…Chris foreshadowed early in The Sergeant’s Apprentice that if it ever got out she knew how to create Whitehall style nexus points and wards lots of people would ask questions…and wouldn’t take no for an answer…I also wonder if with her headaches and enhanced ability to sense/reach out to magic and other people, her power has expanded again…and if she’s aware of it…

    • William Ameling January 11, 2017 at 5:25 am #

      I have a question about General Pollack taking Casper back to Benefience for burial. Casper’s body was reduced to ashes just after he was killed. So either they will have a burial ceremony with nothing to bury or they managed to recover his ashes before they got dispersed. Considering all the fighting that went on after his death I would think that they would be lucky to recover anything that they could be sure came from his dead body.

      On a different matter, if Emily ever does go to Stronghold, perhaps in seventh year after graduating from Whitehall, she may be able to help Stronghold out with establishing better control of it’s Nexus Point. Probably part of the storyline would involve that Nexus Point in some fashion.

      If I was Emily I would offer (in a couple of years) to help Melissa’s family out with their Nexus Point, if they made peace with Markus’ family, and reunited the two split families now that Fulvia is no longer in control (and since she probably caused the split in the first place). This could end up restoring Markus and Melissa as the heirs to the two families as a symbol of the reunification.

      • G January 15, 2017 at 7:10 am #

        Did Emiliy ever have any kind of relationship with Cat–master storm’s apprentice??

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard January 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

        Cat was Jade’s friend when both were at Whitehall.

        Emily was in the same class at Jade & Cat.

        While Cat was friendly with Emily, there was no “deeper” relationship between Cat & Emily.

      • chrishanger January 20, 2017 at 3:58 am #

        They knew each other at Whitehall.


      • William Ameling January 16, 2017 at 6:00 am #

        To G Cat was four years ahead of Emily at Whitehall. Their only overlap was two years of Martial Magic classes. There was one scene in book 3 where Emily asks Cat about his friend who was one of the first victims of the Mimic to see if he had been transformed while he was the Mimic.

        Whitehall totally forbids any romantic relationships, dating, etc. between students who are more than one year apart in their classes. At the end of that (2nd) year, Jade who was also in those Martial Magic classes with Emily and Cat, asked Emily to marry him (after he graduated), but Emily was not ready for it and stayed as friends with him. This later caused problems for Emily when Alassa decided to marry Jade after he became the Court Sorcerer in Zangaria.

      • chrishanger January 20, 2017 at 3:54 am #

        The body is gone, yes. It’s more of a ceremony with an empty casket.


  16. William Ameling January 11, 2017 at 5:31 am #

    I also wonder if Emily will get to the point of being able to use Nexus Points as a method of travel, by stepping into one and then out of the second, without any time travel.

    • William Ameling January 12, 2017 at 2:46 am #

      I would not expect Emily to try moving from one Nexus Point to another Nexus Point, unless she really had to, the first time she does it. However, it could be a very useful in getting from location to another, even when either or both locations are well protected by wards and/or sieges that cut off other forms of magicial travel. Perhaps it might be the only way for her to escape from some threat, or get somewhere else to deal with a problem.

      In previous SIM books I seem to recall contradictory statements about attempts in the past to travel between Nexus Points. Which is ok because history often has contradictory stories/statements and Emily will probably not know for certain the first time she tries it (if she ever tries it).

  17. Kell Harris January 11, 2017 at 11:51 am #

    Spoiler for book thoughts

    I wonder is Gaises defection with help Melissa regain some clot I mean she called it he was a douche. And could this lead to some reconciliation with her family
    I wonder what was going on with miles at the end? Is he in trouble or are barb and him having something going on?

    Has Emily’s power expanded again? I really want to see that conversation with lady barb and time travel.

    Enchanting that seems like an interesting branch of magic is Emily going to study it more and learn how to improve her batteries?

    What does Gordian think of Emily now?

    I really hope the general isn’t going to be mean to her about Casper.

    • chrishanger January 20, 2017 at 3:55 am #

      Yep. The implications will be explored further down the line.


      • Kell Harris January 22, 2017 at 9:32 am #

        Yes too which one exactly lol?

  18. William Ameling January 12, 2017 at 11:02 pm #

    Since it will be a good place (Benefience) for her to get at (attack) Emily, Melissa, and Markus, I am expecting that Fulvia to part of what happens in Fists of Justice, as well as Nannette’s Master the mysterious bad guy sorcerer. The longer she waits for her revenge the more powerful Emily will become. I am thinking, in particular, about the one possible future scene that the Demon showed her about Emily, Melissa, and Imaiqah.

    Perhaps, if Fulvia is defeated, particularly if she ends up dead (in Fists of Justice), it may make easier to the Ashworth and Ashfall houses to reconcile and reunite around Markus and Melissa.

  19. Kell Harris January 14, 2017 at 8:48 am #

    There is a question I have. How come the magicians don’t rule the world? What was that compact or something the Mountain top people were talking about?

    • robinsaw January 14, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

      Emily asked Void that in the first book. Voids said magicians had tried that before, but the ones that tried eventually turned into necromancers

  20. nrere January 14, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

    YEEEEESSSSS!!!!! Can’t wait to read it!! But I will probably crave for more when I’m done 😀

  21. Dwight Brown January 15, 2017 at 12:25 am #

    Isn’t she still an apprentice? Doesn’t Miles have to at least say so?

    • Thomas Tomiczek January 15, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

      The apprenticeship was limited to the duration of the war. Which would indicate that it is over by contractual agreement.

  22. PuffinMuffin January 16, 2017 at 12:55 am #

    It’s late so I’ll content myself with saying that I really enjoyed it, and am looking forward to more.

  23. Ashley D January 16, 2017 at 10:14 pm #

    One of my favorites in the series! I am already ready for the next one to come out! Please don’t ever end this series lol

  24. Thomas Tomiczek January 18, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

    You know what is totally ridiculous? And I do not mean this as criticism on you, Chris – just as a comment on the situation. Emily is POWERFULL now. Still a Baroness, sort of. She has a lot of debt to collect (2 schools owe her their life) and now controls a third one directly. People WILL have to take her seirously. She is well on the way to become a major political player – and I doubt she can stay out of it much longer. With her logical scientific background (i.e. the way she looks at things – things WE take for granted) she will take good advantage of what Void can teach her. Lone power levels coming.

    Void is probably extremely proud 😉

    But seriously, now she owns a magical school outright. Some people must get freaking afraid. A certain King Randolf for example 😉

    • shrekgrinch January 20, 2017 at 3:55 am #

      King Randolf?

    • chrishanger January 20, 2017 at 4:03 am #

      They do.


    • William Ameling January 20, 2017 at 5:42 am #

      I have said it before, I think we are headed for (after a LOT of books) Queen or Empress Alassa of the next iteration of the Human Empire (of the former Allied Lands), with a lot of help from Emily and others (of course) magical, technological (ideas from Emily but developed by others), political (all the favors that will be owed to Emily), money generated by her Bank and other businesses, social changes (caused by Emily), etc, and last and MOST important in order to win the War with the Necromancers.

      AND, then throw the Faerie into the mix at one or more stages of the future series.

      • G January 20, 2017 at 8:27 am #

        Looking back at history, humanity usually has only unified in response to external threats…and separated when those threats were gone…in this series, the 1st and 2nd empires seem to have formed in fighting the fairie, whereas the allied lands were formed to confront the necromancers…if the necromancers are ever defeated, I would expect the Allied Lands to fall apart and Kings to resume fighting each other for power…

      • William Ameling January 20, 2017 at 9:50 pm #

        To G If the Faerie were not around the 3rd (maybe to be) Human Empire might fall apart. However, remember that the humans only defeated the Faerie the last time by resorting to Necromancy, which then destroyed the 2nd Empire after the defeat of the Faerie. So if the Necromancers are defeated we may see a revival of the Faerie threat unless the humans can keep unified enough to be strong enough to defend against the Faerie threat: Remember the missing continent on the ancient world map under Whitehall that was discovered in book 9.

        One possible future timeline might not finish forming the 3rd Human Empire until the Faerie threat becomes real and actual after the defeat of the Necromancers. We could also see multiple competing human empires based on different continents IF the Faerie are totally destroyed. However, we could also see a Cold War type standoff between a 3rd Human Empire and a Faerie controlled missing continent.

        I may have some of my supposed (fictional) history of the Nameless World wrong, particularly with the poor state of records from those times.

        Also the Kings and other formerly independent Rulers (before a new Empire) may not have as much power with all the social and technological changes coming because of Emily and the ideas she introduces. A new empire could also evolve into an analog of the British Commonwealth. (I am an American not British). We may see a rise in more powerful City States and Merchant Republics taking power from those Kings , with those City States and Republics supporting (and supported by) the Emperor/Empress to counter balance those Kings. There are a lot of possibilities just based on Earth’s history. An Empire is almost by definition composed of smaller Kingdoms, i.e. ruled by Kings, and possible Merchant Republics/City States.

        A lot will depend on how the nonmagical Industrial Revolution progresses and how fast and good the communications and trade between the different parts of the possible new Empire become. As well as the social and political changes that accompany that Industrial Revolution with a nonmagician middle class becoming more powerful than they were before.

      • G January 22, 2017 at 3:42 am #

        Who will ultimately need who more–Emily needing Void for his knowledge, or Void needing Emily for an apprentice and successor??

      • chrishanger January 23, 2017 at 3:06 am #

        We shall see …


  25. shrekgrinch January 20, 2017 at 3:54 am #

    Casper the friendly ghost
    The friendliest ghost you know
    Though grown ups might look in anger and fright
    The children all love him so

    Casper the friendly ghost
    He couldn’t be bad or mean
    He’ll romp and play, sing and dance all day
    The friendliest ghost you’ve seen

    He always say, “Hello”
    And he’s really glad to meet cha
    Wherever he may go
    You know he’s kind to ev’ry living creature

    Grown ups don’t understand
    Why children, all love him the most
    But kids all know he loves them so
    Casper the friendly ghost

    Casper, and he’s friendly
    And he’s friendly

    He always say, “Hello”
    He’s really glad to meet cha
    Wherever he may go
    He’s kind to ev’ry living creature

    Grown ups don’t understand
    Why children, all love him the most
    But kids all know he loves them so
    Casper the friendly ghost

  26. William Ameling January 22, 2017 at 6:58 am #

    Keep in mind that the Faerie are almost certainly more than one Race, and that their friendship/hostility to humans probably varied considerably. As well as the human variants who are also magical like the Gorgons, etc who may have been created by the Wild Magic affecting humans or by the Faerie. I find myself wondering if the Faerie originally had humans brought to the Nameless World in the distant past for something for them to play with (in a brutal magical sense). Although even the relatively friendly Faeries probably had problems with humans hunting/killing them while fighting with the hostile Faerie.

    And then there are things like the Dragons who are very long lived and extremely potent in magic, i.e. dragon’s blood as an Alchemical ingredient.

    I was wondering if Void has made Emily his heir yet? The ring he gave her seems to indicate yes. Even if Void does not die at some point, I think that he will eventually withdraw more and more from interacting with the rest of the world in order to concentrate on his study of magic, as Emily grows stronger and can take his place.

  27. Jan January 24, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

    This book was enthralling like it’s predecessors, thanks for the wonderful time immersed in another world! But one spell introduced some books before has way too much power I think: The teleport! Since then I always ask me: Why does a necromancer needs an army and has too proceed trough mountains (first book) and deserts (this book)? He could jump anywhere he want with only small exceptions, got his “food” and jump back. Or kill some kings and declare himself monarch. The best of all magicians like Void or Emily wouldn’t simply be there to protect the people because no one would know where the necromancer jumps next. Introducing the “haze” is a good thing but comes a little bit late.
    Maybe there is a catch somewhere I overlooked but if not, could this be “repaired” in the next books somehow, like necromancers have to much fear for each other and had the whole blighted lands covered in the haze?

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard January 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

      I suspect that the necromancers want to “control” territory and even they can’t control large territories without troops on the ground.

    • G January 25, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

      Teleports can easily be blocked by magical and physical interence making them dangerous to use in combat, can only be used by most powerful sorcerers (and drain significant amount of power reserves leaving them vulnerable), & can only be done with a few people. Void so powerful in part because he can teleport and fight–very rare. Necromancers depend on armies and sacrifices to recharge power–to teleport alone into middle of allied lands would be surrounded & without ways of recharging with no armies…

    • MADness January 27, 2017 at 9:35 am #

      When Emily was taught the basics of the teleportation she remarked on the way that her understanding of advanced (for the Nameless World) mathematics helped her immensely. Even then it was incredibly complex and difficult magic even for those who had the raw power to use it.

      Everything we know about Necromancers (even a relatively sane one like in TSA) indicates that teleportation magic is too complex for their addled minds to learn and use.

      Also, the vast majority of those who can teleport seem to be those who have attained the status of master. By that point sorcerers seem to have enough knowledge and experience to not be quite so easily tempted to risk it all for quick power.

  28. William Ameling January 25, 2017 at 11:11 am #

    Where is Void’s Tower on the map of the Nameless World?

  29. William Ameling January 27, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    Finally, even if a renewed Human Empire is formed does not mean that it rules all human controlled/dominated territories. There could be areas powerful enough or remote enough that do not get incorporated into it. As well as non Human territories, and of course Faerie territories.

    • William Ameling January 28, 2017 at 1:14 am #

      On the other hand, if the White Council and all the Schools of Magic get incorporated into that new 3rd Human Empire, it will probably be hard (for Humans) to hold out against it because of their control of Magic, Magicians, and Magical Schooling that are needed to withstand the Necromancers and Faerie. As well as probable technological superiority from the coming Industrial Revolution, and quite likely the Magical Revolution that Emily will be sponsoring and driving as well. I am not saying that they will be conquered, but their own people in those potential holdouts will be pushing on their rulers to join, and if they don’t there could be civil unrest/revolutions.

      Emily has already started one Magical Revolution in the past, and she is already working on things that will cause another Magical Revolution. Plus likely better control of several (in the Schools) to many Nexus Points (in the Blighted Lands) as an additional source of power to fuel the growth and support of that Empire, as well as reclaiming the Blighted Lands in the long run.

      When I/we stop and think about it, there is a LOT going to happen in the future of the Nameless World in many different directions and ways because of Emily and we can only guess at details to come in future Books.

  30. Bruce A Underwood January 29, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

    Truly enjoy this series. I’ve wondered if you plan on in the future of having Void proven to be Emily’s true absent father. He has proven he is very powerful and he cares about Emily and with no reason other than rescuing from Shade. Maybe that would explain why her mother lived out a bottle to cope. Not sure if He would have traveled to her would or sent her after she was pregnant. Leaving Emily until after puberty so she wouldn’t go crazy like the Head Master’s daughter did in School of Hard Knocks. You have created a great world to visit. As Robert Heinlein said in his Number of the Beast. I paraphrase as it’s been years since I read it. If enough people believe in a story it becomes real. Here is to the Nameless World becoming real.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard January 29, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

      Chris has already said that Void IS NOT Emily’s father. 😀

    • William Ameling January 29, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

      If you look back in many of the previous months’ discussions (about the earlier SIM Books) and comments, you will find a lot of speculation about Void and Emily. Some of it was by me. Some think that he is evil and some do not, whether or not he is her father, etc. My current thoughts on Void are that he is generally good to somewhat amoral, but that he is NOT evil. I do think that he is Cloak from Book 5 but others disagree and think that Cloak is Nanette’s new mysterious master evil magician from Books 2 and 8, while I think that Malefic from Book 1 who helped Shadye is that mysterious evil magician. I even suggested that Void is the last descendant of Master Whitehall or that Whitehall would come forward to the present Nameless World, both of which are very speculative suggestions. Some have made suggestions similiar to yours or that Emily’s father came from the Nameless world, etc. Or that Emily had to have been raised on Earth, that she would not have survived to grow up on the Nameless World like so many of it’s children (of strong magicians) who developed magic at too young of an age (well before puberty).

      Go back and read those earlier discussions and you will find a lot of ideas, most of which can not be true because they contradict each other, but the discussions have been interesting and help us narrow in the more likely things to come.

      There are many open questions about things from the earlier Books including the very first Book, that we are waiting for more information on.

      • William Ameling February 2, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

        Some of the old speculation and discussions about previous books has been rendered obsolete because of new books in the series have been published and either confirmed or changed or denied the ideas that were suggested.

        Emily will have the problem that other powerful magicians have, she will outlive by a lot those friends who are not magicians. Her long term relationships will end up being with other magicians, or the children/descendants of her non magician friends.

  31. G February 2, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    I hope Emily manages to keep and develop at least some friends as she becomes more powerful…

  32. Enwezor February 7, 2017 at 9:23 pm #

    Just finished the Seargent’s Apprentice. It was devoured. Very tasty. Still hungry.

  33. William Ameling February 9, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

    I had an interesting thought/question: Could Emily use a Nexus point as an aid in teleporting, either as the starting location or the destination? Maybe she could use it as a source of energy for that teleportation, maybe to carry a larger load or to get through a barrier/ward at either end. This idea is for using the Nexus Point at one end only.

    My earlier suggestion involved having a Nexus Point at both ends of the trip/teleportation.

  34. William Ameling February 9, 2017 at 8:15 pm #

    I suppose, in theory, you could establish/build a Portal between two Nexus Points that other people,particularly non magicians, could use, but I strongly suspect it would very dangerous and unstable. Unless the magician(s) (Emily) building it had a very deep understanding and control of Nexus Points.

    The one advantage of a Portal linked to a Nexus Point(s) (at one or both ends) would be a much larger amount of power for it to use, which might make it capable of larger cargo loads and/or time that it could stay active, or longer range.

    Maybe we might see something along these lines for if/when the humans have to invade a Faerie controlled missing continent on a large scale.

  35. William Ameling February 16, 2017 at 9:40 pm #

    I do have a fairly critical and interesting question (but do not expect an useful answer until the right books come out): How much control does Emily still have over the Wards that she put up in Cockatrice to defend the castle, city etc.? Can she still go through them easily, etc., or has the control been taken over by Imaiqah and Emily blocked out of that control? I think that Chris will leave us up in the air on this question.

    Seperate question: when or if will King Randor try to arrange a marriage for Imaiquh, since effectively she is almost a Baron(ess) of Zangaria. Or will Imaiquh try to arrange her own marriage and have problems with the King? (again we will have to wait and see) Will she try to marry a fellow magician, or maybe King Randor will try to marry her to Sir Roger who led the musketmen force in the recent war against the Necromancer? If so, how will she (and Emily) react? (This is certainly possible based on the end the last book (TSA)).(Actually, I think it is quite likely, anyone else would involve people/characters that we do not know (well) yet in the series).(It would certainly fit with King Randor trying to keep control of Cockatrice by marrying Imaiquh to someone he thinks is loyal to him.)

  36. William Ameling February 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

    Can non magicians or a magician plus a non magician go through a Courtship like Emily and Caleb are having? Or is it normally only for two magicians?

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard February 16, 2017 at 10:04 pm #

      IMO this Courtship “ritual” is likely something that could occur between two non-magicians, between a magician & a non-magician and between two magicians.

      Nothing about the Courtship between Emily & Caleb couldn’t have been done by non-magicians or been done by a magician & a non-magician.

      How common it was may be another matter.

      • William Ameling February 17, 2017 at 5:19 am #

        The reason I raised the question is that a Courtship seems to be at least somewhat against the idea of arranged marriages between either nobility or royality. Although King Randor at one time was trying (Book 2) to arrange a marriage for his daughter who is a magician. As well as the arranged marriage for Melissa (Book 6). I would not be surprised that arranged marriages are a lot more common than Courtships.

        The more I think about the very end of TSA, the more likely I think that Chris is hinting to us that King Randor will likely try to arrange a marriage between Imaiquh and Sir Roger. Imaiquh is probably the most eligible unmarried woman left in King Randor’s court. In which case Alassa may already be aware of the possibility. How Imaiquh and Emily react is the critical question to be resolved in a future book(s). I see no reason for Imaiquh to object to Sir Roger other than he is not a magician, or she does not love him. Emily did not seem to have a negative reaction to him in the last book (TSA) and he seem to respect Emily highly.

    • chrishanger February 20, 2017 at 9:16 pm #

      It depends on how traditional the family is – but there’s nothing stopping a pair of mundanes doing it.


  37. William Ameling February 17, 2017 at 5:28 am #

    Also, I doubt that King Randor would want Imaiquh maried to one of his other Barons since that would him too powerful, as long as Imaiquh is controlling Cockatrice in place of Emily.

    • William Ameling February 17, 2017 at 5:44 am #

      I was wondering if Imaiquh might agree to enter a Courtship with Sir Roger, rather than totally resisting an arranged marriage. It would give her (and Emily) more time as well as the chance for both of them to get to know each other, without provoking a crisis with King Randor.

      • William Ameling February 17, 2017 at 6:05 am #

        I suspect that Emily’s first reaction to any attempt by King Randor to arrange an marriage for Imaiquh will be very negative, even if most other people find it acceptable.

      • chrishanger February 20, 2017 at 9:17 pm #

        That’s true.


  38. William Ameling February 20, 2017 at 11:25 pm #

    So maybe, I am reading the hints correctly. But Chris has not really committed himself.

    An arranged marriage of Imaiquh not only affects Emily’s first friend in the Nameless World and one of her closest friends, it will also be viewed by Emily as a power/influence/control grab of Cockatrice by King Randor. So I expect Emily to object to an arranged marriage attempt of Imaiquh no matter who is the other party, likely Sir Roger. The only things that can help control the situation will be Alassa (who has been raised to expect/accept arranged marriages, particularly of powerful nobility and royality), and most importantly how Imaiquh reacts to the idea and to her proposed marriage partner. Also remember, how Emily reacted to King Randor wanting to control and approve of her own marriage/Courtship. She will be remembering that in any arranged marriage attempt of Imaiquh. And maybe, as I suggested above, Imaiquh might agree to start a formal Courtship with him (Sir Roger) to give everyone more time to get used to the idea and cool down, i.e. Emily.

    By the way, now that Casper is dead and Caleb is the heir (oldest living son) to his parents (General Pollack and his Mediator wife)) who reside in Benefience, that raises the importance and dangers/benefits (to the city’s interests and independence) of a marriage between Caleb and Emily, since Cockatrice directly borders that city, as well as the overall Kingdom of Zangaria. (Here comes “Fists of Justice” , Casper’s funeral, and the continuation of Emily’s Courtship, plus maybe Nanette and Fulvia, as well as Sir Roger’s (and Imaiquh?) possible arranged marriage, Marcus and Melissa, and stir in possible civil unrest in Benefience and/or Cockatrice). (Plenty to keep things “interesting”).

    • William Ameling February 25, 2017 at 12:58 am #

      Possibly the biggest problem for Imaiquh in marrying Sir Roger, besides the question of Love and compatibility, may be the fact that he is a non magician and so has a much shorter life expectancy.

      However, magicians DO marry non magicians, Caleb’s parents as a case in point, and probably many arranged marriages of Royalty and the high Nobility (possibly even King Randor and his wife as an example, although I think that he is a very weak magician). So I am not sure how Imaiquh will feel about this point.

      • William Ameling February 25, 2017 at 8:25 am #

        One last question: is House Waterfall from Caleb’s father General Pollack’s side or from his mother Mediator Sienna’s side of their families. Or from a different perspective, is House Waterfall a normal non magical family of minor nobility, or is it a family of magicians (one of whom has married a non magician)?

      • chrishanger February 25, 2017 at 9:33 pm #

        His mother’s side.


    • G March 3, 2017 at 7:55 am #

      Confused–I thought TSA established that Emily doesn’t really want Cockatrice but is having trouble extricating herself from it–in which case, she might welcome Imaiquah having it…My impression is Randor probably no longer likes Emily, but is unwilling to let an incredibly powerful vassal go completely (otherwise, he could have confiscated her tittle and not merely exiled her) and Alassa’s position as Crown Princess and the future first female ruler in the nameless world is immeasurably strengthened by Emily being perceived as her vassal…as well as her friend.

  39. William Ameling February 26, 2017 at 1:18 am #

    That was what I had been assuming, but then it occurred to me that I should check on it and not assume it.

    One other thing that Emily has to do is to catch up on all the schooling (at least 6 to 8 weeks so far) that she has missed, as well as get back to Whitehall as soon as possible so as not to miss any more. (I know Chris knows this, I just did not list it in the things to do in the next book).

    Also when will (or has) Miles release Emily from her apprenticeship to him? I expect that this will be covered in Fists of Justice (FOJ). He might keep the apprenticeship going until he has caught her up on her missed classes, or maybe until they return to Whitehall after the events to come in Fists of Justice. Possibly, Miles may not come to Beneficence with Emily for Casper’s funeral along with General Pollack, but I expect he will come to Beneficence to start catching her up on her classes. (I am not expecting a direct response from Chris, just speculating what we might see in the new Book). I expect Caleb will be there at least for the funeral, and he might be drawn into the other events of FOJ.

    I am eagerly awaiting “Fists of Justice”.

    • William Ameling February 26, 2017 at 1:27 am #

      I also expect to see Lady Barb in FOJ since she has been acting as Emily’s chaperone in her Courtship with Caleb, and Casper’s funeral will certainly be a significant event in her Courtship and relations with Caleb’s parents.

      • William Ameling February 26, 2017 at 9:02 am #

        Lady Barb is also almost an eye witness to Casper’s death, as well as the finish to the fight with the Necromancer. So I am sure Casper’s (and Caleb”s) parents will want to talk to her as well as Emily about what happened.

      • chrishanger February 27, 2017 at 9:39 pm #

        She did file a report . But right now she has a different job to do.


      • G March 3, 2017 at 7:57 am #

        It’ll be interesting to see if the courtship survives…

    • chrishanger February 27, 2017 at 9:38 pm #

      I don’t know if anyone wants a book where ALL Emily does is her schooling


      • William Ameling February 28, 2017 at 6:49 pm #

        Quite True, but you have usually found enough other things going on to make it interesting during the school year.

        Also true we don’t need huge amounts of detail (nitty gritty) about how the various forms of magic work, because we will never be able to use it personally. We need enough detail to make it seem real and to show us that you (the author) has thought carefully about HOW those various forms of magic work.

        What is more interesting is how the various parts of society with and without magic work together and how Emily is causing that to change. Plus other things like Magical Creatures/Monsters interacting with Emily, her friends, and the Society

        Also interesting are enough (which depends on the individual reader) details of personal interactions to make her and the people she interacts with seem like real people.

        I am a little surprised that Lady Barb as Emily’s chaperone will Not be there in FOJ given the interactions with Caleb’s family and Caleb during Casper’s funeral, but maybe the Courtship has progressed far enough that a chaperone is not always necessary.

        I know most of the above is redundant to you as an author, but other people read these discussions and might want to put in their own reactions and viewpoints.

        One thing that I do wonder about is how Mana manages to stick together in the natural environment enough to be useful lifeforms, and more particularly how fast does it travel. Keep in mind that this travel speed (of Mana) should also affect how fast people can communicate, observe (spy), and travel long distances even through things like Portals. The faster it travels in general, the faster it should also travel in combat and vice versa. If it travels too fast (speed of light) you will not be able to react to spells before they hit you. But on the other hand the signals that you can see of that incoming magical attack should (probably) travel at the same speed as that attack itself does. Unless for some reason large amounts of magic, e.g. a fireball, in a small volume travel much slower than things like signals. Giving a person a chance to react. As another example, how fast do magic attacks travel relative to things like arrows, bullets, swords, catapults, and cannon balls? Which could be very significant in a large battle situation.

  40. William Ameling March 1, 2017 at 1:38 am #

    Also as another example, if you have magical defenses up (wards, etc.) and something attacks you, how fast does that attack eat away/break through those defenses? If it is too fast, then you will not be able to react in time to do anything about it, even with fast reflexes. Just think about all of the magical combat we watched in the Harry Potter books and movies, where there was defense as well as offense in the spell casting. So speed of travel of magic is important to be treated in an interesting and consistent and believable manner. The Harry Potter books and films never really address the question of why all magical attacks are not Avada Kadava (spelling?) (at least by the Death Eaters) since there is no defense against it.

    Basicly you do not want magic to be traveling at light speed, something on the order of speed of sound would be much better for believable combat. But that affects speed of magic in communication and travel.

    Also does magic or Mana travel through electrical conducting materials such as copper, silver, gold, etc.? Will high tech ideas (from Earth via Emily) find ways to defend against or neutralize Magic/Mana for non magicians?

    These are just things for you to consider as you continue to develop SIM series and the Nameless World.

    It will be interesting to see input/reactions from others on this subject.

    • William Ameling March 1, 2017 at 1:41 am #

      What are Mana’s Magnetic properties, as opposed to electrical properties?

      • William Ameling March 1, 2017 at 1:56 am #

        If Magic attacks travel slower than the speed of sound in the atmosphere, then think about gunpowder (guns and Cannon) attacks that are traveling faster than the speed of sound as well as for much (possibly VERY MUCH) longer ranges. When Emily (and you) starts to really bring technology to the battlefield on the Nameless World she will need to know a LOT about how Military Magic works, as well as her ideas from Earth.

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