OUT NOW–The Broken Throne (Schooled in Magic 16)

6 Nov


The Kingdom of Zangaria has fallen into civil war. On one side, King Randor and his forces, determined to impose his rule over the entire kingdom; on another, the noblemen who want to crush the king; on a third, Princess Alassa and the Levellers.

Caught in the middle, Emily must steer a course between her loyalty to her friend, her duty to people who put their faith in her and her fears for the future.
But King Randor has unleashed forces even he may be unable to control…

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32 Responses to “OUT NOW–The Broken Throne (Schooled in Magic 16)”

  1. David Land November 6, 2018 at 11:23 am #

    So good to see you “back in the saddle” and writing again. Hopefully you will continue progressing with your healing and recovery.

  2. G November 6, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

    Will Emily ever rescue Grandmaster Hasdrubal?? He sacrificed his life and soul to save hers–doesn’t she owe him a debt??

    • Dan November 6, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

      Consequences have always been a big part of Christopher’s stories I very much doubt hasdrubal who made a deal with the demon will be seen again.

      • Wazman November 7, 2018 at 3:49 am #

        I suspect that the Demon is torturing the former Grand master with selective imagery of Emily struggling and the like. It knows how much he cared for her in particular

  3. bret November 6, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

    To me, Emily seems weaker and less competent as time goes on. For example, after her recovery from her duel with Master Grey, she had to constantly expend magic to avoid going insane. In this book, it seems like she’s completely depleted in seconds. And she seems far less prepared going into situations than I’d expect and she’s also caught by surprise a lot.

    Other than that, I enjoyed the book.

    • G November 6, 2018 at 9:11 pm #

      I think the level of her opponents and challenges keep going up so she’s using more power, faster–this is the first book where Emily is out of Whitehall and fighting on equal terms against other adult magicians–and she’s often fighting 2 or 3 at a time on a level playing field i.e. no tricks or lucky breaks. I suspect in the next book in breaking the curse she’s going to end up at Heartseye, expand her powers again, and face more necromancers…

      • pkohonen November 7, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

        Well she is going 1-on-1 against a necromancer without any tricks or extra boosts to her magic. Even her mentors would be hard-pressed. By far the toughest battle she has ever faced.

      • chrishanger November 17, 2018 at 6:55 am #

        That’s the problem. She has more power, but she’s also using it at a faster rate


  4. Barb Caffrey November 6, 2018 at 10:11 pm #

    Reblogged this on Barb Caffrey's Blog and commented:
    Always glad to boost the signal for my friend Chris, especially as I helped edit this one! It’s a really fine novel, and you’ll love the slam-bang ending!

  5. William Ameling November 7, 2018 at 12:07 am #

    Spoiler (Mild) We already know that a magician that is pushed to her absolute limit on her power will be a lot stronger afterwards, assuming that she survives it (no death or burnout). So we know what means for Emily, she is going to be a lot stronger, if she recovers (and we know that she will, the question is how- see next book).

    • Arusalan December 30, 2018 at 4:43 pm #

      I’m actually curious to see if Void would help her. If not, it might break their relationship.

      Also, demons.

  6. stephen wilson November 7, 2018 at 12:25 am #

    Another great sim book. At times i do wonder if we will ever find out more about just who the hooded magician is . I vote for kaiser soze

  7. ligger66 November 7, 2018 at 10:04 pm #

    hHoly shit on a stick that was a good book and I can’t wait for the next 1. Ps I hope your doing well and get good results from your scans

  8. Mark Prothero November 8, 2018 at 5:02 pm #

    Chris a fantastic book I am really looking forward to the next. Left with a massive cliffhanger. Love it.

  9. Malik Drako November 9, 2018 at 6:58 am #

    Did I miss something with the final battle? Where did the 2nd battery go?

    (loc 5063) “she’d been pouring magic into a pair of batteries ever since the army had started to move.”

    (loc 5122) “she scrambled into her carriage and started to collect her tools. The spell notations, the lone battery, the ward and valve and the snake-bracelet…”

    And how did the battery break? (loc 5419) “a colossal force punch slam into Cat. He was picked up and thrown back, smashing the battery as he crashed into the antechamber”

    • Ryan November 12, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

      She used one battery for the cancellation spell to counter Randor’s earthquake. She used another for the super-charged force punch. She’s created another for the fight with Randor at the end, but lost it almost immediately.

      • G November 12, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

        At the end of The Princess in the Tower, Void references Emily as a “senior magician” and says she shouldn’t be interfering in Zangaria…what makes Emily a “senior magician” and why should it bind her?? She only has the 4 year degree–same as Alassa and Imaiqah–she left Whitehall without graduating…and she never swore to obey the compact…

      • Malik Drako November 12, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

        Maybe it’s a mistake? Loc 5063 is after Randor returns to the city, and I only see references to a single battery after that point

  10. thor2705 November 10, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    Thanks for this one, a little bit less attractive that the previous ones, but still good, hardly wait for the next one.
    Thanks and take care of you.

  11. Bryce November 13, 2018 at 12:22 am #

    Great book. but after a cliff hanger like you need to get Cursed our quick pls.

  12. Lee Horbenko November 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm #

    Great book. Thank you for managing to write this under the circumstances. I hope you manage to beat it.
    Best wishes

  13. Michelle November 20, 2018 at 10:14 pm #

    Thank you, I’ve really enjoyed listening to this series on Audible.
    I’m starting to suffer burn-out with it though … how many more books until it wraps up & gives some answers to the identity & agenda of the hooded magician, & Emily’s love-life, & a dozen other loose ends?? I’ve liked the series, but it is getting tedious, time to pull it all together.
    Sorry to hear that you have been ill. Your imagination is a gift. Best wishes for a full recovery.

  14. Damon Huffman November 25, 2018 at 8:35 pm #

    I love this series so much, it is my escape from reality. With my line of work I have to listen to my books through Audible. Can you tell me when it will be released on Audible. Thank You!

    • chrishanger November 25, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

      Probably in a couple of months. They have to record the story first


      • Tanel March 26, 2019 at 5:41 pm #

        It’s been 5 months.
        I’m strictly an audiobook consumer and can’t wait.

      • chrishanger April 7, 2019 at 9:45 pm #

        It’s out in the next couple of weeks.


  15. lisa case November 27, 2018 at 4:28 am #

    I discovered some of your books last year and you have quickly become one of my favorite authors! I really enjoyed this installment of School of Magic and look forward to Cursed. So sorry to hear about your health issues and praying for a speedy and complete recovery!

  16. Clinton December 4, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

    Dude I don’t know what it is about Emily and her story but I have been blowing through her books. I finished Broken Throne in a week and now I am in physical pain waiting for Cursed. And just so you know while I would like for Emily to get her magic back. I would still be okay with her not getting them back and just spending the rest of her life as an inventor and advocate for political, social, economic, and military reforms throughout the entire Unnamed World.

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