OUT NOW–CURSED (Schooled in Magic 17)

11 May

King Randor has been defeated. Queen Alassa has taken her throne. The Kingdom of Zangaria can look forward to a new age of peace and prosperity. But their victory came at a terrible price. A moment before his death, King Randor hit Emily with a powerful curse.

She’s lost her magic. She’s losing her mind. She may soon lose her life.
As rumors start to spread, as her enemies start to gather, Emily searches desperately for the key to unlock the curse before it is too late. But the only hope seems to rest with House Fellini, an enigmatic family of magicians.

Crippled, powerless, helpless, Emily places her life in their hands. If they can’t help her, no one can.

But House Fellini has its secrets. As the family struggles to undo the curse before it’s too late, Emily is drawn into a decades-old mystery that threatens to destroy the family, shatter her life …

… And smash the entire world beyond all hope of repair.

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90 Responses to “OUT NOW–CURSED (Schooled in Magic 17)”

  1. Kira May 11, 2019 at 5:57 pm #


  2. G May 11, 2019 at 6:29 pm #

    I enjoyed the book very much–one note–you’ve forgotten several times that Mountaintop was supposed to move to Rose something–to use a nexus point for protection–and Aurelious was the former Administrator, not Magemaster…instead, you keep bringing Emily back to the old school…or did they cancel those plans?

    I believe Void was secretly watching over her at Heartseye…

    • micahwelf May 20, 2019 at 5:00 am #

      Your observations are good to bring up, but it was never said that Mountaintop would move; It was simply to gain access to the Nexus point.

      • George Phillies May 21, 2019 at 1:56 pm #

        Or it is moving with teh full speed of a university bureaucracy.

  3. Elodie May 11, 2019 at 7:37 pm #

    Yes!!!’ Thank you 😊

  4. Rhino May 11, 2019 at 9:55 pm #

    Aw man, outstanding! Picked it up last night after the Drak alert (thanks Drak). SO GLAD that you matured Emily. Excellent story, went where I hoped. And the quasi cliffhanger is another delight. This could be a Star Wars level movie if Hollywood didn’t screw it up. I’m really tickled, thank you Chris!!! Gotta go now, time to start it again….

  5. Jared May 12, 2019 at 12:55 am #

    Just finished the book. Great work Chris !!! I loved it. Can’t wait for the next one lol !!!

  6. Dani May 12, 2019 at 11:33 pm #

    Read and enjoyed. Though I wish Nanette and her Master would just go away.
    I’m curious as to whether the events in this book are important to the subsequent story or whether they are just a speed bump on the way from the Princess arc to the next arc.

    Emily not only grows in this book, but gains in stature. This was implicit at the end “Broken Throne”, but more visible here. For one thing, there are no mysteries about how she killed her fourth Necromancer: She fought him one-on-one and she won. So she is unambiguously one of the small number of people on the Nameless World who can do that, and people know it. (A lot of people are going to be relieved that she isn’t interested in dueling.) And people take her seriously when she deals with Houses or monarchs.

    It is heavily foreshadowed that next book is going to be about the mirrors in Heart’s Eye. But this book has set up relationships that mean she probably won’t have to fight tooth and nail to make Heart’s Eye the kind of institution she want. (It is not necessary for large chunks of Mirror Image to be taken up by committee meetings. 🙂

    Frieda also exhibits growth, which is a relief. In too many books she has been little more than a pathetic or petulant plot device, but in Cursed she is more her own person.

    • G May 13, 2019 at 1:21 am #

      In the beginning of Cursed, Lady Barb warns Emily Void may have other promising sorcerers he’s grooming–I believe this is foreshadowing Nanette, Void is her master, and we see him watching Emily from the shadows at Heartseye, and trying to influence events in the epilogue…Emily also visibly gains in power at the end, struggling to control her new power levels as she tears apart her enemy and literally shaking the ground as she overpowers her teleport spell…

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 13, 2019 at 1:31 am #

        Not going to comment on Nanette & her master but IMO that wasn’t Void spying on Emily in Heart’s Eye.

        Unfortunately, if I said more it’d be a spoiler for the Next Book. 😈

      • Brian G May 14, 2019 at 5:49 pm #

        It could be a misdirect, but I also thought Void must be Nanettes master. It does seem to be the most obvious answer. I’m not sure exactly who has been spying on Emily, but they would have to either be extremely powerful or very clever to get passed the wards. Quite interesting that she could sense it several times without having access to magic. I’m very happy Emily has grown in this book, I just didn’t QUITE understand how Emily was able to connect the spark from the bracelet to the nexus…

      • AshleyR May 15, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

        I agree. Void being Nanette’s master does seem to be where this is heading. I’m also really just amped to see her apprenticeship play out. Although I do also wonder about the story from one of the books about a student and master digging up tombs and awakening a sorcerer whose body was never found after that. There’s a lot of options from previous books at who the unknown person could be. But Void is so mysterious that it’s hard not to think it could be him . Im also just ready for Emily to take on Nanette. I’m excited to see what the mirrors are for in the school and how that comes into play. I’m also just excited to see hearts eye get started in general. How funny/awkward if Cat, Caleb, and Jayson all end up at the school at the same time.
        I love how much Emily has grown. I was excited to see Frieda grow up a little and can’t wait until she matures a bit more. There is a lot of upcoming plot options that I’m just so ready for.

      • Christian May 19, 2019 at 1:50 am #

        My pet theory has always revolved around Void having detailed personal knowledge of Emily’s present/future. (Perhaps due to time travel paradox or knowledge gained through an odd magical connection). Which has resulted in him/her showing up when Emily truly needed assistance (but not showing up when she/he knew that Emily would win without intervention)

        This would make Void possible as Nanette’s master, but would also explain why she (Nanette) was restricted from killing her when she was magic deprived. (Also would explain Voids somewhat erratic intervention)

        Probably rot, but fun speculating about

      • Kell May 23, 2019 at 8:41 pm #

        I just think it’s strange how everybody thinks it’s void. Nannets master destabilized zangria. In the second book. Void told emily to prevent that from happening. If I had a guess I would say it was the old master hardsbles brother.

  7. HRS May 13, 2019 at 6:26 am #

    Do you know when theiBooks version will be available, refuse to use the Kindle App

    Many thanks

    • Gustav Grotius May 14, 2019 at 5:37 pm #

      Awesome books as always Chris, kept me up most of the night. Just had to finish it.

    • Dani May 14, 2019 at 11:15 pm #

      I don’t use Kindle. I download the ebook and use Caliber to convert it to the epub format.

  8. Bryce May 16, 2019 at 3:17 am #

    good book look forward to the next hope it is out in a couple of months…Though I would have like to see more of Cat chasing his victim.

    • chrishanger June 10, 2019 at 10:06 am #

      I may turn that into a novella.


      • Wazman June 10, 2019 at 2:04 pm #

        That would be a interesting approach just like you did with Alyassa. During the civil war (Broken Throne) I thought it was very interesting how Cat would point out to Emily more than once that she was the ultimate symbol of their cause. It will be interesting to see his motivations for staying with Emily for so long and how it relates to his latest goal of finding his prey. Will he simply kill her or enslave Jackie (using the method Emily refused to learn from Void) and present her as a gift to Emily.

  9. William Ameling May 16, 2019 at 6:35 pm #

    I have a number of interesting thoughts and ideas after reading Cursed.(which I got and read Friday night/Saturday morning). I still check this website quite regularly, I just have not had anything to post for awhile.

    First, the second body of the necromancer that Emily killed at Heart’s Eye, was actually a mirror image body that was brought into the real world somehow, and then was kept linked to the first body by the bilocation spell. Perhaps the necromancer drained the Nexus Point in order to create that mirror image body, so when the body of the Necromancer was thrown into the location of the inactive Nexus Point, that drained magic still in that body was what woke back up the Nexus Point.

    Second I wonder what would happen if someone looked at the Mirror Image of those really old unreadable books, scrolls, names on Pictures of old family members, etc., perhaps they could be read that way. The same could apply to the textbooks and/or spell diagrams in them being used at Heart’s Eye. Maybe the Mirror Image would give a different result than the normal image. So the students would NOT reading the normal textbook, they would be reading the mirror image of the textbook and any spell diagrams in them in order to learn how to cast a spell.

    Third, I wonder if the world that you see on the other side of a Mirror might actually exist in a way similar to a pocket dimension. So instead of casting a spell in the class room, you try to cast the spell to take place in the Mirror Image World. It also might be possible for a skilled magician of Mirror Magic to actually step into (or reach into) that Mirror Image World just Emily can step into a pocket dimension or reach into it to store something there. This could be the key to using Mirrors as a Portal, first you step into the Mirror World, then you step out of the Mirror World through a different mirror than the one you entered through. I also wonder how Wards around a building would interact with using the Mirror Images (or Mirror Image World) either for communication or as Portals.

    So possibly using the Mirror Image World might have lead to creating and using pocket dimensions, before it lead to the idea/spells for Portals. Or there could be close ties between pocket dimensions and the Mirror Worlds as forms of magic.

    As Chris has used in his Zero book series, sometimes the simplest things that get lost or not recorded in writing, are the things that keep distant descendants from getting results from old documents, books, spells, etc. In this case, it would be the idea of using or reading the mirror image that is the lost secret. It is so obvious to them and completely missed by us.

    Something else that we here on Earth and possibly Emily might know, is that many biologically active chemicals including our DNA, RNA, proteins, amino acids(that are used to make proteins) and particularly medicines are often either right handed or left handed. So mirror images of them can be effective in one form and inactive or even deadly in the mirror form (I think that this happened in our history back in the 1960s where the wrong mirror form of a medicine caused bad birth defects in babies whose mother used a certain drug). So Emily if she knows about it, she could teach them (the Healers in her new world) something important that they might not know. So medicines that made in a Mirror Image might have different properties and effects from medicines made in the normal world.

    • G May 17, 2019 at 4:48 am #

      In the Sergeant’s Apprentice, one of the sorcerer’s told a legend about the founder of Heartseye being betrayed by his students–could he have been trapped/escaped into an alternate mirrored universe–or the nexus point–and the re-ignited nexus point freed him? Void may have also created an access method to the wards when Emily created them, so the observer may also have been him. I don’t know who else could have penetrated the wards… I also think if Chris plans to wrap up the series in six more books, he needs to start seriously ramping up Emily’s power/capabilities–otherwise, if it happens massively in the last book, it’s not believable…

      • Brian G May 17, 2019 at 5:23 pm #

        It could be fewer books even. I honestly think Mirror Image and Cursed could have been one book. So much of Cursed had to do with Hearts Eye and setting it up. Cursed was more a short story. I was surprised by how quickly I read it, and how much filler there was.

    • G May 17, 2019 at 5:14 am #

      I also still wonder about that spell scroll to create the mimic/god that was written in Master Wolf’s handwriting in Fists of Justice…could Wolf have survived to have founded Void’s tower? And been his Master’s/Master’s/Master?

      • William Ameling May 17, 2019 at 9:01 am #

        I think Wolf became a Mimic, so he was quite likely the Mimic that Emily had to fight against in Book 3. How did Whitehall and fellow surviving Masters and students deal with the Mimic/Wolf after Emily left them? Since they had Wolf’s documents for the Mimic Spell,they might have been able to reverse it, or he wrote the scroll (in Fists of Justice) after the events of Past Tense (Book 10) either in Mimic form or in a restored human form.

        An interesting question that we may see in the future, if Emily uses the Mimic Spell to defeat a Necromancer (as in one of her Demon visions of the future (Book 5)), can she (if she prepares for it in advance) find a way to reverse the Mimic Spell and return to human form ( or make a copy (Mirror Image) of herself that is used to turn into the Mimic). A Mimic linked to a Nexus Point might be able to retain its memories for a very long time (indefinitely) without having to drain other people (and copy them in the process) on a regular basis.

        I once wondered about Whitehall, through his daughter’s children, who might have been connected to Void’s Tower and it’s original master. Although I think that it was located fairly far away, it took the dragon quite awhile to fly from Void’s Tower to Whitehall. Or possibly they might be related to Void’s bloodline. (I think Void has no or very few surviving relatives that he wished to acknowledge, when Emily asked him about it (book 8 I think) when Void gave Emily the ring linking/adopting her to his family). (I have sometimes wondered if Void could be Emily’s true father, but I think that has been denied by Chris).

        I know that Chris keeps dropping hints that could be telling us that Nanette’s Master is Void, but authors, including Chris, love to mislead us with hints that could be read one way, and then surprise us when we really find out what the hints meant.

        I think that the observer Emily sometimes senses (on various occasions) is the embodyment of Fate or Destiny in some greater than human form, who can see more of the other dimensions and other worlds as well as into the past and possible futures (like the demons), than normal humans.

      • G May 19, 2019 at 5:52 pm #

        What if Wolf as a mimic is still around? (ie. he wasn’t the mimic Emily killed at Whitehall?) What if Void is Wolf the mimic?

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 19, 2019 at 6:06 pm #

        IIRC Chris has said that Master Wolfe wasn’t the Mimic killed at Whitehall.

        Chris hasn’t said if Master Wolfe is still around.

        As for Void, Tum, te, tum, te, tum . . . . 😉

  10. William Ameling May 16, 2019 at 6:45 pm #

    Or moving a patient into the Mirror World could change the effects of medicines and spells. It also might be bad for your health or even deadly to stay in the Mirror Image for long periods of time. I think that mirror image handedness can even affect your blood and hemoglobin which carries the oxygen in your blood. I remember a Science Fiction story that used this (It was in the Venus Equilateral series of stories which are pretty old nowadays, I think that some of them date back into the the 1930s or 1940s).

  11. William Ameling May 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm #

    So Mirror Images might be very important to making advances in Alchemy as well as medicine. Which Emily could teach them, along with some basic chemistry from our world.

  12. William Ameling May 17, 2019 at 9:19 am #

    I still wonder about that long ride on Dragonback back in Book 1. Maybe that long and close exposure to the dragon strengthened Emily’s abilities to do magic a lot. We know that other forms of exposure to strong magic have given others (or their children) the ability to do magic. A favor owed to him (Void) by a dragon is not something that Void would expend lightly.

    • Wazman May 19, 2019 at 2:21 am #

      Don’t forget the warning the Dragon gave Emily about her master’s (Void) Dangerous Game when it had delivered her to Whitehall. Small note for Chris will there be a chance to Emily to encounter the same Dragon or perhaps a different one at some point in the series again I know it will annoy Alassa

  13. William Ameling May 17, 2019 at 9:34 am #

    Another interesting point, I think that NO ONE, not even (probably) VOID (except for Demons and other super(non) human, extra dimensional traveling creatures) knows Emily’s full true name from Earth, and that has Never been spoken aloud in that World. Melissa with her soul magic link to Emily’s mind (in year 5 or year 6) when Emily was being given some training in soul Magic, would be the only other possible exception (amongst normal humans).

    • Wazman May 19, 2019 at 2:23 am #

      Emily did leave her clothes and other articles (ie purse) in his tower I wouldn’t put it past him that he might of looked at her ID.

  14. William Ameling May 17, 2019 at 9:40 am #

    One last interesting question, could a Mimic (e.g. Emily) use the Necromancer spell without being turned into a Necromancer by the effects of the huge power surge through her mind?

  15. Bryce May 17, 2019 at 9:45 am #

    lets all go and sit on Chris till he writs the book and publishes it so we can get it sooner and not have to guess….lol. I also did not know he was wrapping this series up in 6 more books.

    On a side note I do not think Emily is using here full potential of magic it has been suggested that she still does not have a lot of self esteem and that could effect her casting and seeing all her potential in pawer.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 17, 2019 at 2:03 pm #

      Chris has made it clear that Magicians grow in power as they grow older so Emily won’t reach her “peak power” until she’s much older.

      • Callum G May 20, 2019 at 4:12 am #

        I wonder how old the average sorcerer is when they decide/are forced to become a Lone Power. Someone who is already touching on becoming a Lone Power in her twenties must be absolutely terrifying to the White Council.

      • G May 21, 2019 at 3:38 am #

        I’m not sure Emily is yet touching on “Lone Power” power levels–she’s just unusually powerful for her age–as powerful as Cat or Jade (4 or 5 years older)–at 22. It’s her possible future trajectory that’s scary…

      • Wazman May 21, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

        I wonder if her life and death battle with Randor also expanded her power levels much like what occurred with Master Grey. Another resulting sideeffect of the curse could have increased her levels as well. The mana she was building up had to be doing something. Speaking of Lone powers is Emily going to start encountering them in the Nameless world.

      • G May 21, 2019 at 4:34 pm #

        I believe it did–Cursed says in the final fight she was having difficulty controlling her power and she overpowered the teleport spell so badly the ground shook…

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 21, 2019 at 4:57 pm #

        I think it was more of a matter that the Curse prevented her from using her magic thus her magic “reserve” had been building up plus her skill at using magic had gotten rusty.

        Of course, I could be mistaken. 😉

  16. William Ameling May 17, 2019 at 4:18 pm #

    Another interesting question, what about Mirror Images of Mimics and the spell that Makes Mimics, either in the normal World or the Mirror World?

    I do think that we are going to see the Mirror World as a place similar to Pocket Dimensions that can be entered and manipulated and possibly the normal World be manipulated from the Mirror World. Could Emily (and others) attack or spy on the Necromancers from the Mirror World? Possibly the Necromancer that attacked Heart’s Eye used the Mirror World as part of his attack on it (maybe he was a former student at Heart’s Eye). One more interesting question is the Mirror Image/Mirror World of a (the) Nexus Point.

    So Mirror Magic and Images, plus Heart’s Eye and the University (including a Technology side to the University that even the Magician friends of Emily are not expecting (except Caleb maybe)) may have a profound affect on the future of this book series and that World, in many ways. I expect that we will see (at some point fairly soon) Portal(s) (railroads through Portals?) established that link Heart’s Eye to Cockatrix, Alexis and/or Benefience, as well as the White City, just to transport the sheer volume of goods and people needed to Heart’s Eye as it rebuilds (Emily is the only person who would have the resources/money and contacts to support this)(and then farther in the future to stage an attack on the Necromancers).

    Even after Emily and others influenced by her and technology deal with the Necromancer Threat, they are going to have to deal with the threat from the Faerie World, most likely with a major stronghold on the 3rd Continent. So it hard to see this series ending in 6 Books, although maybe the Necromancer Threat might be finished by then.

  17. William Ameling May 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

    I think that Emily will be the first true Master of Nexus Points (as a form/branch) of Magic that World will have seen. I wonder if Emily will ever reach the point of being able make a new Nexus Point (when she is a LOT older and experienced)?

    • G May 18, 2019 at 1:51 am #

      If Emily can control nexus points, can she also tap into/use ley lines (a nexus point is two or more crossed ley lines)? If so, she could easily cast spells impacting all of the allied lands as ley lines cross all over…even possibly control other nexus points hidden behind other schools or families wards…I also hope Emily will eventually return to Whitehall and covertly seize back control of the school’s wards (she’s still a founder, and I don’t think Gordian can eliminate that entirely, although he’s trying to work around it…

  18. Brian May 18, 2019 at 12:15 am #

    Vader is your father Luke.
    Time travel is possible.
    Dimensional travel is possible.
    Demons and other beings that she has been exposed to can power the travel.
    Not sure which role he will play, but her birth/conception father will be there.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 18, 2019 at 12:23 am #

      From what Chris has said before, Emily’s father won’t appear in these stories. And yes, according to Chris Void isn’t Emily’s father.

      • Wazman May 24, 2019 at 5:16 am #

        Well what about her mother?

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 24, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

        You do know that Emily’s mother is an alcoholic and in Emily’s opinion a failure as a mother?

        I really doubt that she would be an interesting person to read about.

      • Wazman May 24, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

        I know Drak I was just having fun. I’ve noticed that people are always asking that question. Still could you imagine what it would be like if at some point a portal pulled Emily’s drunkard mother into the nameless world. I think once she found out her daughter was a very powerful person (magical and as a Baroness) she would try to capitalize on that supposed familial bond.

      • chrishanger July 10, 2019 at 11:43 am #

        Things won’t go that way . Probably.


  19. William Ameling May 18, 2019 at 2:40 am #

    A rebuilt(ing) Heart’s Eye with no existing government and Aristocratic/Magical Houses will also give Emily a chance to establish (or start establishing) a society (at Heart’s Eye and linked to Cockatrix and Benefience) where Monarchy, the Aristocratic Houses, and even the Magical Houses do not dominate and control everything like in the old Societies on that World, and instead establish a more modern (as we on Earth would see it) Society and Government where an educated middle class, merchant class, and technology and industrial development have a lot more say in things; as an example to the rest of that World. (I need to learn to write smaller sentences!).

    • G May 18, 2019 at 5:03 am #

      Expect to see the great houses and magical society push back hard–and try to hem her in on the board or even vote her out and grab control–the nameless world’s first hostile takeover, anyone??

  20. William Ameling May 18, 2019 at 10:44 am #

    I agree about problems with the old ways trying to take (or keep, as they would see it) control in Heart’s Eye as it is rebuilt. That gives us potential stories. Emily is going to have to be very careful in who she let’s have power on the school board and other projects. It helps to choose young people like Cabiria, who have already been exposed to some of the new ideas and possibly acquanted with/friends of Emily, instead of older generations like her father and uncle.

    I am also referring not just to the School/University at Heart’s Eye but the City and other infrastructure and possibly industry that gets built up around it, as well as farms etc. if they can reverse the Desert of Death, now that the Nexus Point is active again. Imaiquah’s relatives could become involved in the technology side of the School/University/City, as well others from Cockatrice and Benefience. As well as Markus’s Bank (and the other Banks) for funding.

    I think that in the long run, Heart’s Eye will (have to) be the staging point for the effort to defeat the Necromancers and reclaim those devastated areas.

  21. William Ameling May 18, 2019 at 10:47 am #

    So learning how to reverse the Desert of Death will be useful when it comes time reclaim the areas that Necromancers control.

  22. William Ameling May 18, 2019 at 10:56 am #

    I am not advocating total overthrow of the old order in Heart’s Eye (i.e. the Levelers, etc.), but a much more equal sharing of power with those who do not have it in the old order, and deserve it as technology, education, and middle classes spread.

  23. Wazman May 19, 2019 at 2:08 am #

    Can’t wait to read it and I hope that your starting to feel better

  24. William Ameling May 19, 2019 at 3:21 am #

    Hopefully a Portal Point(s) can be set up and operate from within the Wards at Heart’s Eye and (Wards) powered by the Nexus Point, because there will be a lot of danger from attack by the Necromancers.

    Personally, I think that the very dangerous project (that the Dragon referred to) of Void’s was that he (Void) decided to make Emily into a true Child of Destiny instead of the (delibrate) mistake of the demon, which meant that he had to make her into a strong magician, which explains the long trip and exposure to the Dragon to boost her magical power, plus the training at WhiteHall and the delibrate spreading of rumors that she was a Child of Destiny. At that point Void would have never expected or understood what Emily would do by introducing ideas from Earth, he would have been only thinking of her as a Child of Destiny only as a powerful magician. In fact, I think Void still thinks of Emily only in magical terms as a Child of Destiny, and does not value or understand what she has done in a non magical sense.

    The reason that it was very dangerous was that it could have gone either way to defeat the Necromancers or ensure their win as Shadye almost pulled off in the attack on the school in Book 1, or if Emily failed to defeat the Necromancer’s on various occasions or became a Necromancer herself.

  25. Gordon May 20, 2019 at 5:47 am #

    First off, thank you for another great story in SIM! I really enjoyed the new family and I hope you can weave them into future installments.

    I also got the impression Master was Void. As a Void fan, I hope that, in the end, he is not a “bad guy”. Now that is not to say I am against some conflict with Emily. After all what father doesn’t clash with his daughter sometimes, especially one as strong willed as Emily? I just do not want to see Emily’s fatherly feelings crushed because he turns out bad. Looking forward to the nest installment as always!

  26. William Ameling May 21, 2019 at 8:21 pm #

    A tricky question of logistics is the capacity of a Portal. We have seen carriages with Emily and others onboard go through a portal. I am not sure if you you could run a railroad through one, and if so, the size of the railcars and engine and rates/speed of the train. I suspect that there may be some significant limits, I think Emily has had some classes in Martial Magic about supply for military units and possibly about Portal limits, that she thought about but did not give us the details of in The Sergeant’s Apprentice.

    I expect to see Emily have a railroad built connecting Heart’s Eye with Farrakhan, and possibly to the Kingdom nearby to Farrakhan. If rail capacity through a Portal has a lot of limits, she might also try to connect a Railroad to the nearest seaport (the one she went through to get Casper’s “body” (empty casket) home in Fists of Justice, which we did not see in the book) and ship large quantities of goods and people in via sea and then railroad. They could be built during her apprenticeship period with Void, along with building up the buildings and infrastructure of the University and the City. It will take a long time (probably longer than her apprenticeship), considering the total devastation of Heart’s Eye and the area around it under the Necromancer. A much bigger and more long term effort would be to link Swanhaven (which is linked by Rail to Beneficence) by railroad to that seaport.

    I am looking forward to what we learn about Mirror Magic in Mirror Image (Book 18) before she starts her apprenticeship.

  27. William Ameling May 21, 2019 at 9:16 pm #

    She also might try to setup Heart’s Eye as a Free City similar to Farrakhan and Beneficence. See my comments above about keeping the Aristocratic and Magical Houses from dominating and controlling Heart’s Eye, but with more explicit arrangements for middle class participation in local city government.

  28. William Ameling May 21, 2019 at 9:52 pm #

    Depending on the Map and geography, a railroad from Swanhaven could have several routes: to the Seaport and then to Heart’s Eye, or directly to Heart’s Eye, or more likely to the Kingdom near Farrakhan then to Farrakhan and finally to Heart’s Eye. But no matter the route it will be a major effort. Even just the Seaport to Heart’e Eye route may have problems, otherwise the Necromancer would conquered it (the Seaport) long before The Sergeant’s Apprentice.

    I suspect that Portals will be limited as far as large scale movement of goods, with or without Railroads.

  29. William Ameling May 21, 2019 at 10:50 pm #

    I wonder how soon we will see steamboats on the major rivers? They are lot easier to build than railroads, if there are large rivers.

  30. William Ameling May 23, 2019 at 3:42 am #

    I did a little (actually a lot) rereading of Fists of Justice (and The Sergeant’s Apprentice). Emily and General Pollack (Casper’s and Caleb’s Father) teleported from Heart’s Eye/Farrakhan to the seaport (no name given) where they boarded the ship to go to Beneficence with Casper’s (empty) casket, so that Seaport may not actually be all that close to Heart’s Eye to serve as a transfer point for ocean borne cargo to rail borne cargo to Heart’e Eye, or there could be a lot of bad/rough terrain in the way.

  31. Duane May 23, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

    Anybody remember Emily’s meeting the Lone Power “Fatty?” What was up with that? lol

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 23, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

      I suspect “Fatty” (using a more formal name) will show up again.

      I also suspect he is a Lone Power in the sense that he’s powerful and not allied with any of the magic families or other Powers-That-Be (besides the White Council) of the Nameless World.

      He’s just a Lone Power more sociable than Void.

      • Brian G May 27, 2019 at 6:07 am #

        Which book was that from? I don’t remember that at all lol. How does anyone know when they’re at lone power, power level?

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 27, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

        “Fatty” showed up in Book Six “Love’s Labor’s Won” Chapter 31.


        “You’re a Lone Power,” she said, out loud. “Aren’t you?”

        “Something of the sort,” Fatty said. “I could never quite grasp the importance of being alone, you see, but yes, I am powerful enough to be counted as one.”

        He shrugged. “I enjoy magical society too much to exclude myself from it,” he added. “But your father prefers his own company.”

        End Quote

  32. William Ameling May 24, 2019 at 2:50 am #

    I think that we have seen Emily use Portals from inside a Ward at Whitehall, so that question is answered.

    Being a Lone Power is partly a question of sheer power and partly a sign that the Magican has very few remaining ties to the outside World, either because of age (almost everyone he had social ties to has died of old age), or because Magic is all he is interested in anymore.

    I keep trying to find the Map of the World, I remember seeing it, but I do not remember if it was in any of the books, or only here in the Blog. Does anyone remember where it is in the Blog (which month/year) or a Book?

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 24, 2019 at 4:09 am #

      On FaceBook

    • Wazman May 24, 2019 at 4:10 am #

      Will is this the drawing you were thinking about?

  33. William Ameling May 24, 2019 at 4:07 pm #

    Thank you, I am not sure it is in any of the Books.

    Forget any ideas about railroads (that I have suggested) from Zangaria to Heart’s Eye. It is a VERY long way away. They would have to go through the White City (capital of the now defunct 2nd Empire) to get there. Even Whitehall and Stronghold are a lot closer. The only thing that might help would be steamboats if there are suitable large rivers. A Railroad to Farrakhan from Heart’s Eye should be quite feasible, but that may not provide much logistics support. So they are going to be limited to Portal Capacity, until the area around Heart’s Eye gets restored to being productive farmland (which will take years and years) A railroad to the White City area may eventually happen but that could be a decade or two (easily). Can the lands around that large Lake/Sea south of Heart’s Eye and the Desert of Death be restored to be productive land? (not until at least some of the Necromancers get defeated and pushed back). The industrial Infrastructure in that World is just getting started in expansion, and that will be needed to support large scale railroad construction as well as military production to support a war against the Necromancers. Plus there will have substantial changes in the Societies and governments of the World to allow and support such efforts (instead of interfering with them) (3rd Empire restoration under Alassa might have to happen first). At least Emily is establishing good contacts with many of the Schools of Magic, and some of the Magical Houses (already, more will be needed). She is going to need all of it.

    I did have an interesting thought: Since Mountaintop has still not found a Nexus Point, (what happened with Laughter?), perhaps they could move move Mountaintop to the rebuilding Heart’s Eye. It could provide the existing lower level school structure for Magic education, possibly combined with the old Heart’s Eye facility. While Emily and others work on getting the University for advanced study and research going, which would be where some students could go after graduating from Mountaintop/Stronghold/Whitehall/Laughter.

    Another idea, if Emily and others can figure out how to use Mirrors as Portals, “Perhaps”, using Mirrors will not be as hard on Emily and other really strong Magicians as going through Portals.

    • G May 24, 2019 at 4:58 pm #

      I believe in the previous books, Zed had struck a deal to move Mountaintop to Red Rose (introduced in the second book) to use its nexus point. But the key point is the politics of the Allied Lands–Mountaintop is controlled by the Great Magical Families and serves their interests; Whitehall seems to educate children primarily from the smaller, independent magical houses, some independents, and a few noble families; while Heartseye also has its own alumni who want control of their own school back…each group has their own political factions and compete for power on the White Council…merging them wouldn’t work.

  34. William Ameling May 24, 2019 at 7:44 pm #

    I was thinking about that problem between Mountaintop and Heart’s Eye. While to us it might seem like it could be a good idea, they will see it a lot differently.

    I do hope that Emily through Sgt Miles and General Pollack will be able to establish a good working relationship with Stronghold. She can offer them better control over their Nexus Point, and they, at least, are well aware of the Necromancer Threat. If Heart’s Eye had stayed in Necromancer hands, Stronghold would have been threatened very soon. Chris may show Stronghold to Emily and us someday.

    If Emily has support from most of the Schools of Magic, that will help in dealing with the White Council. Plus several Magical Houses (Ashworth, Fellini, maybe Waterfall (Caleb’s Family), the Kingdom of Zangaria, and some Mediators and Lone Powers. Keeping their attention focused on the Necromancers instead of Emily will be a challenge. Rebuilding Heart’s Eye should increase her influence and friends (but it is going to take a lot of time).

    • G May 24, 2019 at 11:22 pm #

      In the last few novels, it has been noted that both Whitehall’s and Mountintop’s finances were precarious because of a drop off in the number of students (Mountaintop lost new bloods, Whitehall lost students scared away by necromancer and mimic attacks)–they may see any school at heartseye as competition for students and money (tution) and actively oppose it as competition…

  35. William Ameling May 25, 2019 at 7:31 pm #

    I happened to find where Emily thinks about what Sgt Miles taught (in the Martial Arts class) about Portals and supply. It was in Love’s Labor’s Won (Book 6) Chapter 27 location 3649 of 5657 (on my Kindle), where Emily was discussing steam engines (and technology) versus magic with Caleb and what they could do while they were at Cockatrice during the period of the Faire:

    They (Portals) were not easy to setup, and there were limits on how much could be stuffed through the spells (Portal) (without incurring any economic penalty) … and something that needed to be moved in bulk was often easier to move by land or sea rather than through Portal (but no specific amounts/quantities were given). (This is slightly condensed from the actual text/quote).

    I suspect that having a Nexus Point (like Heart’s Eye or Whitehall) to draw on for power will help increase capacity. (As well as power the Wards to protect the Portal from Necromancers, etc., which is a very serious threat for Heart’e Eye.)

  36. Patricia Barker May 30, 2019 at 8:09 pm #

    When will it be available on Audible.com?

  37. bubulala June 3, 2019 at 4:58 pm #

    now i have read cursed and a view questions just slap me in the face:
    so the war is over and was ist next? i meen a lot of people dyed and villages and city where distroyed. i think the only barony still intact ist cocatrice. so who pays for everything? the crown has lost most of the money. who pays for reconstruktion? who payed for everthing in the war? i never read that marcus answert the letter from emily? so the only one with money ist emily and cocatrice. do they pay more tax or is emily just: joar… i have money… go take it? and what about the future? it will be awail befor the others can pay much ….
    so… what happens?

    • G June 10, 2019 at 3:51 am #

      Actually,I think the monarchy and the aristocratic system is still very much alive and ruling the country–Alicia just extended the Cockatrice Charter to the whole country. What the charter does is guarantee basic rights–placing limits on arbitrary rule–and gives an elected legislature a voice in new laws. However, just as Emily still rules as Baroness of Cockatrice (and has Imaquaih as a regent), so Alassa as the new monarch and the surviving aristocracy still governs their territories (and Alassa will probably name loyalists as new nobles). Zangaria is moving into a political period similar to 19th century continental Europe–where monarchs and aristocrats were still the most powerful political players around…

  38. William Ameling June 3, 2019 at 7:20 pm #

    Assuming that I am correct that the Mirror World is a separate place like a pocket dimension, is it one giant completely connected together Mirror Image of the World or is it a bunch of (extremely) many disconnected Images, i.e. one for each mirror? The problem is that there can be many images of the same (or almost the same) location. Also mirror images can be distorted in many ways by distortions in the mirror surface(s). I am very interested to see how Chris developes this branch of magic.

    If the Mirror Images are usually/normally separate from each other, then perhaps advanced forms of Mirror Magic can be use to link them or connect them together for communication, travel, and storage, etc.

  39. George Phillies June 6, 2019 at 6:57 pm #

    Also, The Princess in the Tower, and the cover of The Broken Throne, have been nominated for N3F Neffy awards.

  40. William Ameling June 6, 2019 at 7:19 pm #

    to Bubulala: That World and the Kingdom of Zangaria are an economic mess by our standards. The changes that Emily started by introducing ideas from our Earth have a LONG way to go. Most of that World does not even have any real Banking System (except in the City of Beneficence and nearby, i.e. Cockatrice and perhaps Swanhaven, and only partially (if that) in the Kingdom Capital City of Alexis) and not particularly good currency systems.

    Rebuilding from the Civil War is not going to be easy, but peace and a stable (reasonably) Just government (if they can last) can do a lot. Getting rid of a lot of the economic parasites, i.e. most of the the old Aristocracy in the form of the old Barons, will do a lot of good as long as more violence does not break out. Reforming a lot of the Guild structures will help out a lot in the long run. (May you (them) live in VERY interesting times). The problem will be replacing the old ruling structure (the Barons) without triggering a lot more violence, since the Barons and the minor Nobility ARE the ONLY (pre) existing governing structures in large areas.

    • Wazman June 6, 2019 at 8:42 pm #

      As to regards of the existing barons . After the war only three of them remain. I could be mistaken but King Randor killed off the remaining Noblest title holders as well as anyone that may have inherited them. So Jade, Emily, and Alicia are the only three barons still alive.

      While Alyssa is the Queen I believe that Emily is the ultimate symbol of change throughout Zangaria.

  41. William Ameling June 8, 2019 at 2:37 am #

    There will still be heirs to a lot of those old now dead Barons. It is pretty difficult to eliminate ALL of the potential Heirs to any Aristocratic Title, although at some point those claims are pretty thin and mostly fabricated.

    But even if they appoint people who have no claims to those positions, the natural tendency of those new Barons, etc. will be to follow the old ways. Finding competent and reasonably honest people who will try to follow the new ways will NOT be easy (there will be a lot of backsliding into the old ways, unless Alassa and Emily keep a sharp eye out for it and can stop it.) It takes more than the top leaders, you also need a lot of competent and loyal followers for each of those new Barons/Leaders who will get things done.

    PS I think that Alassa is/was the Baron of Iron, so technically 4 of the old 12 Barons are still around.

    It has only been about 5 or so years from book 2 (end of 1st school year for Emily) until now (about the end of 6th school year for Emily) (and in that time we have seen at least 3 revolutions/coup attempts. They are extremely lucky that Zangaria has not been totally destroyed). That is an amazingly fast (and short) period for MAJOR change in the economic, social, and governmental structure of a mostly Medieval/somewhat Renaissance society. And much of the rest of the planet is behind Zangaria in changing. (Even the Free City of Beneficience is only little more than a year away from the events of Fists of Justice).

    PPS I still think that Alassa and Emily will someday found the the 3rd (human) Empire for that World. They will need it to defeat the Necromancers and the Fairies.

  42. William Ameling June 8, 2019 at 2:41 am #

    But NONE of the 12 Barons from more than 6 years ago are left in Zangaria.

  43. bubulala June 9, 2019 at 11:42 pm #

    @William i understand the social structure and the difficultie of rebuilding. i just have a problem with who got to pay for all this until then…
    the money needs to come from somewhere and i cant see the other kingdoms helping them without major favors
    Emily is still the only one with a intact barony, alot of working people and a somehow functionel sociel strukture
    and i am interesset to see how much is cost emily (money). i think she was the only one with money to pay for the goods/food/wapons that was used in the war on her site or not?

  44. Dan June 10, 2019 at 5:05 am #

    Chris gave us the titles of the remaining books in the series awhile back. I can’t seem to find the post. Anyone have that data?
    Iirc its Mirror Image, something apprentice, oaths fulfilled, lone power?

  45. William Ameling June 19, 2019 at 3:26 pm #

    I noticed while rereading Cursed, that Frieda was having her exams (end of 4th year) early in the Book. So that ties down the approximate time period for the start of the Book, i.e. what would have been the end of Emily’s 6th year of school if she had stayed in school.

    I am eagerly awaiting to read Mirror Image and find out about what Mirror Magic is.

  46. Danna Micoletti August 1, 2019 at 12:42 am #

    Theres still Emily’s obligation to the Faries. She swore an oath. There were mirrors in that city..

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard August 1, 2019 at 3:09 am #

      The fairies she swore an oath to are different than the Great Faerie who built that city she visited in the first book.

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