OUT NOW–The Princess In The Tower (Schooled In Magic 15)

5 May


Everyone knows that the Tower of Alexis is impregnable…

…But Emily intends to prove them wrong.

The Kingdom of Zangaria has finally started its descent into civil war. King Randor has declared martial law, imprisoned the pregnant Crown Princess Alassa in the Tower of Alexis and started preparations for a first strike against his enemies. The time has come for everyone to choose a side.

Emily has arrived in Alexis with the intention of freeing Alassa before her father can have her executed. But as Emily and her friends are drawn into a maelstrom of rebellious factions and crown loyalists, of commoners trying to escape the chaos and noblemen trying to make it worse, they find themselves faced with an insolvable problem.

If they manage to liberate Alassa – and put her on the throne – will there be anything left of Zangaria for her to rule?

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72 Responses to “OUT NOW–The Princess In The Tower (Schooled In Magic 15)”

  1. Kaesha May 5, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

    Yaaaaaasssss that’s what I’m talking about ^_^

  2. Ben W Sevier May 5, 2018 at 8:43 pm #

    Picked up my copy today!

    Ben Sevier

  3. Visser May 5, 2018 at 9:33 pm #

    main amazon website isn’t showing this book being in existance, you can follow the links from your blog to reach it though
    recomend fixing the amazon stuff so it knows book 15 is out
    btw thanks for the book series, it has a surprisingly very well developed plot for such a litrpg style story

  4. benbailey12373 May 5, 2018 at 9:38 pm #

    The ending is epic!

    • Wazman May 6, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

      Epic is a understatement, but its really going to be interesting to see how it will play out in the next book.

    • Thomas Tomiczek May 6, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

      It seriously is. That said, I would love some more knowledge about what happens with Void – but that apprenticeship will sadly have to wait.

      • Wazman May 8, 2018 at 4:25 am #

        I’m really looking forward to her pending apprenticeship with Void myself. On the same topic, Void was trying his best to discourage her from dealing with the petty problems that plague the mundane world, but he relented enough to give her a time window to assist her friends. Is it just me or did anyone else get the vibe that he was also trying to tell her that she might be above the petty problems of the magical world. He has hinted more than once that she might end up a lone power herself almost as if he expects her to follow in his footsteps.

        I think the next time he makes a appearance (knowing how he operates probably just after the conclusion of the civil war) he is going to take her and not even allow her friends to say goodbye.

      • G May 8, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

        I think after 7 or 8 failed apprentices, Void needs Emily more than Emily needs Void…Emily has options–there are other Lone Powers and powerful magicians who would love to have her as an apprentice…Void doesn’t do well with people other than Emily. Void is also going to proven wrong–at the end, he told Emily Randor didn’t have to be dealt with by one of them. Yes, the necromancer’s bane will be needed…

      • Wazman May 8, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

        It is somewhat reassuring that even someone as powerful as Void is even he can make mistakes. As pointed out by G on the number of failed apprenticeships under his wing and the fact that Emily should not concern herself on the looming Zangaria civil war.

        I think that at some point Emily and Void are going to have discuss how the true threat (Necromancers) should be dealt with. regrettably that could mean that Void’s planned approach of turning Emily into another lone power is not enough.

        Throughout the entire series it has been stressed that the Necromancers are steadily winning. At least until Emily showed up.

      • G May 9, 2018 at 3:44 pm #

        I suspect Void is Nanette’s master, and he had her bring evidence to King Randor of Paren’s involvement knowing the King would move to execute Imaquaih and her family. Void probably wanted to make Emily so angry she would permanently break off any relationship with the House of Alexis and Zangaria, and focus on her magic. This backfired spectacularly with Emily going back to Zangaria, and getting more involved, which is why Void is so frustrated…

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 9, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

        Quote from the First Book

        The dragon spoke over her. “You should be aware that your master is playing a very dangerous game,” he said.

        Emily looked up in surprise. She’d thought that the dragons were largely uninterested in humanity.

        It was impossible to read any expression on the scaly face. “His plan may cost your world dearly.”

        End Quote

        While I can’t comment on what I know Chris’s plans for Emily & Void, it has been obvious from the beginning of the series that Void has a hidden plan and Emily may be a pawn in it.

  5. Rhino May 6, 2018 at 1:24 am #

    If not for your email, I wouldn’t have known. Thanks. Have you considered pre-orders? You have enough ravenous fans that it should be a no-brainer. It was disappointing to have to search by title to find it, but I have it and no time to fuss, I’ve gotta read a book. Thanks again for the heads up

    • George Phillies May 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

      There is significant evidence that pre-orders boost sales, and also but you high into the sales rankings.

    • chrishanger May 9, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

      The publisher prefers to get the book up as quickly as possible.


  6. Bryce May 6, 2018 at 3:34 am #

    Yeah!!!!!! I am getting it now I just hope I can read for a bit with this cold I have…..

    • Ihas May 6, 2018 at 5:52 pm #

      Just started reading it. Had to search by title too. I know another author who said he emails Amazon every time he uploads a sequel and they get it all linked up and updated right away. Every tine I read “Alicia” I confuse it for “Alassa.”

  7. Dani May 6, 2018 at 8:29 pm #

    This is the third two-parter (I’m guessing it’ll be two) in rapid succession. Unlike the previous two, this one does not attempt to tell two fairly-complete stories; TPitT is the establishing shot for the next book. This makes the single-book pacing awkward: The first half of the book is devoted to getting to the capital (things are bad in the countryside) and getting partly established within the capital (things are bad in the city), with not much happening that affects the subsequent story.

    I’m acquiring a certain sympathy for Void’s perspective concerning the Compact. Emily is able to pull so many rabbits out of her sorceress’s hat in part because of her specialized knowledge – but in part because almost everyone is helpless against a well-trained sorceress.

    • Ihas May 7, 2018 at 9:21 pm #

      Just finished it. Loved much of it, but I agree there is a pacing issue. It “lays too much pipe,” to use an industry term that I learned recently and now like to say as if I know what I’m talking about. Looking forward to part 2.

  8. G May 7, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    If Emily has left Whitehall halfway through her final year, what holes in her knowledge will she have, and how will she fill them? Her future master might be able to fill some, but all? I can see gaps in at least Alchemy and Warding. Her Charms was already advanced,
    ethics not a big deal, only half trained in mind magic…Others?

    • Kell Harris May 7, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

      I don’t think its that big a deal. At this point it was electives. Most off those things like warding and such are just advanced application off charms. Emily knows all she really needs to know about alchemy. And void can take her charms work to the next level. She has had tutoring from the beginning. Void said she was ready for an apprenticeship in after the end off her six year. He must off felt she had what he needed.

      • G May 8, 2018 at 3:55 am #

        Any idea what Void is referring to at the end that he says Emily doesn’t understand?

      • Kell Harris May 9, 2018 at 6:57 pm #

        I think void only wants her to focus on necromancers . He was happy when she left Zangria. Mages don’t mess with politics. The thing is Emily feels that some conflicts they should get involved in. I suppose its hard to draw the line. Emily can easily be a king maker. Honestly though with as much as the alliad lands fight each other they are too disorganised to really stop the necromancers. Emily is looking at the big picture she just disagrees with void.On the one hand she is right but on the other there are long term consequences.hmm

      • G May 9, 2018 at 10:48 pm #

        Possibly, though Void telling Emily not to mess with politics is hypocritical–I suspect he messes with a lot behind the scenes…when he says she doesn’t understand, I’m wondering whether he’s referring to magicians on the Star Council (Mountaintop) and other Kings increasingly viewing her as too powerful and dangerous and wanting to eliminate her…

  9. Mark May May 7, 2018 at 11:59 pm #

    got a release date yet for Family Shame?

  10. Bradley May 8, 2018 at 3:13 am #

    I really liked this book. It seemed very realistic, but still didn’t cause me any emotional trauma. thank you for that. The end was a total surprise, but I can definitely see where that came from. Also, I always wonder why Emily doesn’t always carry a Battery with her in case she needs the extra power?

    • Wazman May 8, 2018 at 4:08 am #

      With the civil war on the horizon and especially with the surprise ending I think Emily needs to start making one battery after another. She is going to need them.

  11. William Ameling May 9, 2018 at 5:48 am #

    We just might see Emily go to Stronghold for a year (their 7th year) and take the tests that come at the end of the program at Whitehall and the other schools of Magic. Although that does not fit very well with starting her apprenticeship with Void in no more than a year.

    I did read the new Book Saturday night/Sunday morning.

    I was surprised that we have not seen Nanette yet, but we still might in the next Book.

    • Kell Harris May 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

      Im kinda done with Emily being at school. She is an adult now I want her to be treated like one. If she goes she should just visit. I think freida should transfer to stronghold and emily go over to visit. Or maybe she receives a request to strengthen their defensive.

      • Wazman May 9, 2018 at 8:25 pm #

        I agree that she has outgrown going to school, but based on Emily’s drive to learn everything she can about magic. I think she will either hire someone to teach her or they will seek her out. Of course this will have to wait until both the civil war and Void’s apprenticeship are concluded.

      • Ihas May 10, 2018 at 12:16 am #

        As someone who had 11 years of university and professional school before starting a career, IDK if I can agree that school is just for kids. Recall that Emily wants to be a teacher and for Heart’s Eye to be a post grad type of school for those who wish to take more than one specialty. I think she is done with Whitehall for other reasons besides maturity. For example, imagine if Hasdrubal were still there …

      • Kell Harris May 10, 2018 at 5:46 am #

        Hey Im not saying anything against college but thats the thing there is no higher education after the 7 years. Most all off the advanced stuff she needs will be learned in an apprenticeship. My argument against going to school in stronghold is that its like more high school. All off the higher learning is taught on an individual basis. If she goes to stronghold she will be subject to there rules there tutor s and she will have to swear oaths. Screw that. Emily needs to stretch her wings.

      • G May 10, 2018 at 11:00 pm #

        Won’t the White Council at some point realize she never swore any oaths–she’s a complete free agent? It’d be fun if a preface in the next book showed factions of the White Council meeting and demanding of Gordian “How could you let this girl get so powerful without swearing any oaths! And she knows the secrets of Whitehall wards and gave them to the Ashworths! (The tutors of Whitehall don’t…) I do think Emily has to up her power more and stop depending so much on tricks like the battery…they’ve been used now in the last two books and are becoming repetitive…

    • Dani May 9, 2018 at 11:04 pm #

      I suspect Nanette was the person who told the king about Paren.

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 9, 2018 at 11:11 pm #

        Nod, that’s my suspicion as well.

      • Wazman May 10, 2018 at 2:19 am #

        If I recall correctly it was Lynnette that told King Randor about Paren’s treason as well as Emily’s awareness of that fact. Honestly I think that Nannette doesn’t like to deviate much from (Nannette, Lyn, Lynnette)

  12. Wazman May 9, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

    Chris just wanted to give some feedback that the interludes really helped with the overall story setting. It’s a fine line between to many and too few and I think you did rather well. I really enjoyed the one from Nightingale’s poc considering his ultimate fate. Although I’m still curious as to what sort of “refinements” he added to the King’s orders. Hopefully they maybe revealed in the next book

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 9, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

      I suspect the “refinements” came to nothing and considering his ultimate fate are meaningless as far as the story goes. 😉

      • Wazman May 9, 2018 at 8:33 pm #

        Still what happened to him is rather poetic. Sadly I hope that Queen Marlena can somehow escape her husband. Its very probable that she will “disappear” since she has been “ill” for so long that most people will assume either Randor put her aside or she died.

        An interlude or novella from her pov could be useful.

    • chrishanger May 14, 2018 at 9:55 am #



  13. Bryce May 10, 2018 at 4:54 am #

    I loved the book cannot wait till the next one to see void eat crow…. I think I missed something or have forgotten a couple of things first what is the Compact that Void was talking about and also what was so important that they get the head back to Randor quickly?

    • Wazman May 10, 2018 at 5:07 am #

      I thought that the compact was some informal agreement between the magical and mundane (leaderships) that they will not involve themselves in each others business unless authorized by the white council.

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 10, 2018 at 5:16 am #

        I got the impression that it was more formal on the part of the White Council.

        Of course, the Magical Leadership has the greater ability to “meddle” in mundane matters than the reverse. 😉

      • Bryce May 10, 2018 at 5:35 am #

        But I got the opinion that Randor Conscripted quite a few Wizards so what was the difference with Emily Helping Allissa. There is also that he had a full group of sorcerers that were trained privately and some seemed to have healing with out the oath would not the white council actively seek them out and make them take the oath if they knew.

      • chrishanger May 14, 2018 at 9:56 am #

        Pretty much, yes.


    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 10, 2018 at 5:19 am #

      The Healers could have used the head to restore the Warden if they had gotten it in time.

      As it was, she was too long dead for the Healers to Heal her.

      • Bryce May 10, 2018 at 5:37 am #

        I did nor think healers were that good to build an entire body from a head,

  14. Ken May 10, 2018 at 8:27 am #

    I’m thinking Emily’s batteries can be improved by having an on/off valve be added. Why do you have to use everything in a battery at one time? Just use what you need and close the valve to use the rest of the power later. Loved the new book. Just asking about how come no one is talking about Emily taking out Fulvia and putting her friend Melissa in power as Matriarch. That is a big thing.

    • M May 10, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

      Might depend on the spellwork.

      Perhaps it’s like one of those old flash cubes – turning it on burns out the mechanism. Or like the older rockets that could not be restarted.

      Or – to get meta – a battery that can be turned on and off is not as interesting to write stories with/about.

  15. M May 10, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Following you on Amazon, but it has not yet sent me a notice that the book is out. I only found out because I came here. I’ve now purchased it.

  16. Mark May 11, 2018 at 8:21 pm #

    Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard
    May 9, 2018 at 4:07 pm #
    Quote from the First Book

    The dragon spoke over her. “You should be aware that your master is playing a very dangerous game,” he said.

    Emily looked up in surprise. She’d thought that the dragons were largely uninterested in humanity.

    It was impossible to read any expression on the scaly face. “His plan may cost your world dearly.”

    End Quote

    While I can’t comment on what I know Chris’s plans for Emily & Void, it has been obvious from the beginning of the series that Void has a hidden plan and Emily may be a pawn in it.

    Paul, when I read the first book, I got (and still get) the impression that the dragon was referring to Emily’s HOME world in regards to your above post.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 11, 2018 at 8:36 pm #

      I understand what you’re saying but that assumes that the dragon knew that Emily was from another world.

      • Darryl May 12, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

        Paul. The Dragon did! Also from the first book:

        “Emily suddenly felt very small as the dragon’s great golden eyes peered down at her. “A traveler from another world,” the dragon stated. It wasn’t a question. “How strange. We have not seen one like you for many years.”
        It bent its head down towards the ground. “You may ride on my back. None will dare harm you while I am here.”
        Void nodded to Emily. “You can trust him to take you to Whitehall,” he said. “And I will see you again, soon enough.””

  17. tommalufe May 12, 2018 at 7:58 am #

    Just finished it, loved it, but have a question about the epilogue… since the question is a bit of a spoiler, I’ve asked it on your forum.

  18. Dan May 12, 2018 at 10:55 pm #

    What forum?

  19. Jensebaum May 13, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

    Bought, read, enjoyed! Especially the interludes are a great idea! Elegant way to get around the “Emilys perspective only”-Problem. Please continue that in the next books!

  20. Wazman May 14, 2018 at 5:52 am #

    I just had had one of those “Oh shit moments!” But as it has been established that when you kill someone in a magical battle. Like she has done with Shadye, Mother Holly, Aurelius, Master Grey, and Dua Kepala the victor by custom and law may lay claim to anything and everything.

    She will have to be the one that takes King Randor out. So it could be argued that Emily could lay claim to the throne of Zangaria. Void even pointed that out to her after she shattered his wards in Wedding Hells. And as King Randor professed that the common people are whispering about her over himself and his daughter.

    Regardless what he has done his daughter still has a emotional attachment to him. Her hesitancy to shoot him with the lock pistol is a good indicator. It could have been written that she did pull the trigger and missed, after all they were historically not very accurate as ranged weapons (spitting distance come to mind)

  21. G May 15, 2018 at 1:48 am #

    Could Void (nothing) have taken that name because he’s Master Wolfe as a Mimic (no real person there)?? It would explain why he was waiting for Emily to appear in the nameless world and risked his life to rescue her…He also seems to identify very closely with Emily (“…people like us cannot afford to be ruled by our hearts”)…

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 15, 2018 at 2:30 am #

      Chris has already said that Void was available to rescue Emily because he was keeping a close eye on Shadye (and other necromancers) and knew Shadye was up to something.

      IE Void knew nothing about Emily before he rescued her so it is doubtful that Void is the Mimic Master Wolfe.

      As for his line of “people like us cannot afford to be ruled by our hearts”, I’m wondering if “people like us” means (to him) Magicians and he has had decades of seeing the trouble that Magicians have caused because they were “ruled by their hearts”.

      • Ann May 16, 2018 at 2:04 am #

        I’m disappointed that Nannette wasn’t involved as it was only her and Emily that knew Parren’s actions were known to Emily. Only they had direct knowledge for everyone else it was hearsay and none should pass truth testing.

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 16, 2018 at 2:19 am #

        IMO She was the spy that informed King Randor about Parren’s actions at the beginning of Alassa’s Tale.

        I suspect that her mysterious master wanted to see how Emily would handle the situation against King Randor.

        So he prevented Nannette from getting further involved.

      • Wazman May 16, 2018 at 2:57 am #

        That and other clues makes me think that Void and Cloak (Nannette’s master) are perhaps the same person (which means Void is either a Machiavellian master manipulation or the results from a bi-location spell that somehow made a Ying and Yang versions of himself.)

        The bi-location spell has come up before first it was one of the spells in the book he gave Emily and it was discovered that it was the means Due Kempla overcame the constraints of necromancy. My theory is as a younger wizard he was looking for ways to fight the necromancer threat and he could have reasoned that if there was two of himself he could do so much more, but maybe something went wrong.

  22. CL May 16, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. One suggestion: I would encourage you to replace some of the many, many references in the text to various characters having “no choice” but to do something. Mature people typically recognize that they always have a choice about their actions – it’s just that the alternatives are completely unacceptable to them. It would be much more satisfying if your characters acknowledged that they _felt_ compelled by their loyalty, honor, fear, or desires than to have repeated references to them having no choice.

  23. Jared May 16, 2018 at 8:31 pm #

    I got the impression that Void was referring to Emily living a long life because of her power. Yes he doesn’t see the benefits of a more robust military and economy. But I think he has lived for so long that the small matters like politics of the short lived people don’t really matter. Emily’s power will allow her to live for years longer then her friends. And they say Void is in his second century but I wonder just how old he truly is. Given the comment from Fulvia in the last book.

    • Jared May 16, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

      O, and thanks Chris for the book it was awesome!! I didn’t see the ending coming at all lol

  24. Lindsay May 21, 2018 at 10:10 am #

    Just finished The Princess In The Tower and thoroughly enjoyed it. But Chris, is there any chance that a map or two could be created? It would be great to see the Allied Lands and maybe more of the Nameless World laid out on a map.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 21, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

      Chris posted a rough map on one of his Facebook pages but I don’t know if he thinks it is good enough to include with the books.

      Hope this link works.

      • Lindsay May 24, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

        Hi Paul, no link unfortunately but I will try to find it the long way. Thanks.

  25. Fleeced May 22, 2018 at 4:17 am #

    Not sure what happened to my last comment – seemed to get caught in spam filter… annoying – it was a long post.

    This story didn’t have quite the flow/pacing of the others. Also, the “twitching lips” phrase seemed to be used a lot. “Her lips twitched”, etc… so many times. Was a different editor used? Because this seemed repetitive enough that it should have been picked up.

    (sorry if this is pedantic – I love SiM and your work in general, Chris – but this one didn’t feel as tightly edited as the others)

  26. PuffinMuffin May 24, 2018 at 12:58 am #

    I very much enjoyed this book. But I will question Void’s assertion that the local politics don’t matter. When facing a powerful enemy, it would be better to get the squabbles over with ASAP, and it that means magical intervention then so be it. Would the factions in the civil war unite against the common enemy unless forced to? I’m not sure.

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