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The Zero Blessing Audiobook

The Zero Blessing: The Zero Enigma, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Caitlyn Aguirre should have been a magician. Her family certainly expected her to be a magician. But by the time she reached her 12th birthday, Caitlyn hadn't even managed to cast a single spell! In desperation, her parents send her - and her magical sisters - to Jude's Sorcerous Academy, her last best chance to discover her powers.

But as she struggles to survive her classes without a single spell to her name, Caitlyn starts to uncover an ancient mystery that may prove the key to her true powers.... If she lives long enough to find it.

©2017 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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  • Jas P
    Adelaide
    26/10/17
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    "In a world of Magic, One Girl has Zero"

    This is a world in which everyone has magic, every person can do some form of spell, from the full on Magic Users that create magical items and study magic full time, to cleaners who use simple spells to help them with their daily tasks. The world is kind of like an old world England, with villages, Lords etc, but prestige is not determined by Magical talent rather than sheer wealth.
    The story starts with us being introduced to the Aquirre family, the Father is a powerful Mage, able to craft items of true power, and do other amazing feats of magic. His wife is a world renowned Potion Master, able to craft, brew and generate potions of amazing magical power like no other. In the Magical world, twins are a great gift, making a family extremely powerful, so when the Aquirre family are blessed with triplets, their power and place amongst the Elite is practically guaranteed for generations. That is, right up until Caitlyn, the 3rd of the triplets is found to be a Zero, someone with absolutely NO magical ability at all.
    Her two sisters Alana and Bella of course have it, Alana is the standard precocious, horrendous, snobby person absolutely full of herself that you would expect in such a family. Bella is kind of lazy with her magic, knowing that she is the 2nd child.
    There are going to be obvious comparisons to Harry Potter here, but this is much better. For starters, Caitlyn doesn’t have all the answers, she has to work for things, she isn't handed them, and Nuttall has actually written his story, rather than re-writing a lot of well-known mythology, and having a fairly predictable story.
    Secondly, having the main character with no magic in an entire world of magic users is a lot of fun. Yes, I know, it has been done before (Such as Weis & Hickman’s Darksword Trilogy for example), but this is a fantastically written story.
    Nuttall has created a beautiful world for the characters to play in and this story to unfold, and it adds a sensational depth to the book. With the upper class magical element, and the peasantry all wrapped around magic through, rather than money, it creates a unique perspective of things. There are also references to this ancient ‘Empire’ that existed previously that fell, and how knowledge was lost, and those of today are trying to re-create some elements of the new world based on this old Empire. It adds an element of mystery, gives the story some extra depth, and allows Nuttall to add various storylines that provide his story with some actual substance.
    The main character herself is brilliant, both for a younger audience (which to be honest, I think this book might be aimed at, but, we’re all big kids at heart), but this is also a great listen for anybody who likes a good fantasy story.
    Caitlyn is obviously a troubled girl, struggling in a world where she is not only expected to have the gift of magic, but without it, she may well damage the reputation of her family. And even worse, without it, she becomes the target of everyone who sees her as easy prey. However, she is a wonderful role model as well, in a current real world full of news of bullying, Caitlyn shows that you can stand up for yourself, using your intelligence, courage, and your wits. Without giving too much away, she finds things to counter her ‘disability’ as such, making her creativity and intuitiveness part of the real fascination of this book as she has to deal with not just her sisters, but Judes school of Magic, a place where she should be eaten alive with no magical ability.
    There are some other wonderful characters as well, Rose, the commoner who was lucky enough to get into the school and becomes Caitlyn’s friend, Caitlyn’s two sisters obviously, the twins of a rival family, as well as those of Caitlyn’s Dorm. All come together to make this an exceptional book. (I was going to write a ‘magical book’ but it I just couldn’t bring myself to do it…)
    Whether you are new to Fantasy or Christopher Nuttall’s work, this is a great place to start.
    As for the Narration Saskia Maarleveld has such a beautiful voice it is such a joy to listen to regardless of the story she is telling, so when she has material of this standard, it is a true blessing to get to listen to. Maarleveld captivates with a wonderful array of voices, both male and female, using her exquisite tones to bring life and magic to the characters so you can thoroughly enjoy Nuttall's wonderful story.
    This is a perfect match of an outstanding Author and an Exceptional Narrator, and anything this pair does is going to be worth listening to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John C.
    South Dakota
    17/11/17
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    "A New And Exciting Magical World"

    This is the 3rd different series by Nuttall featuring a magical society and a strong female lead. While it's not necessarily better than the other series, it is full of its own creativity and characters that make it distinct and in some ways more interesting. It has elements of Sanderson's Mistborn series, as well as Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles. Good company, indeed.

    The narration is first-rate, and I was pleasantly surprised that the book is less predictable than it appears at first. Sure there's a magical school, kids that can be cruel, and occasional duels, but if that's to your liking, you won't be disappointed with this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    03/11/17
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    "My two sentence review"

    I honestly doubted I'd enjoy the book as much as I did. Chris has easily become my favorite author with this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joel
    sioux falls, sd, United States
    14/12/17
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    "Another enjoyable tale"

    This is the start of yet another series that I shall have to experience. The heroin has shown remarkable courage while overcoming the trials that life keeps throwing at her. I am looking forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greg
    Chester, MD, United States
    21/11/17
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    "Worth a credit, but does have some annoying flaws"

    The book has a nice story line, but it is long and drawn out. The writer has a tendency to repeat the same mantra every few paragraphs...after reaching 3/4 of the book, I just started to skip chapters. The events that occurred in the middle of the book had little impact on the ending...so, honestly, I think you could read the first 1/4 and then skip to the last quarter and not miss much of anything. It is for that reason that I dropped a couple stars.

    The storyline itself is kinda interesting and you do want to see where things go. I also thought Maarleveld did a good job with the voices of the various characters. So, I can recommend this for using a credit, or maybe wait for a sale....but if you are scrapping by for credits or cash, hold off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Josie
    Australia
    27/10/17
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    "Once more Chrisopher Nuttall gives us great story"

    I have loved C G Nuttall's other series and this one looks just as good. As this is the first and only one so far I can only review It. The Zero Enigma is almost the opposite of his other series because, in this one it, is the lack of magic that the protagonist has to overcome. I can honestly say I cannot wait for the next book to come to Audible, to find out how this will be a real "blessing".So go on Mr Nuttall and show us all how it is done. What ever happens I will hold my breath until it arrives. In the meantime I encourage you to try this first book and you will be as keen as I am!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beverley
    Lancaster, California, United States
    18/09/17
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    "Great book"

    I must say that this book was totally captivating. I am looking forward to the sequel in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ross Clark
    Kenosha
    25/09/17
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    "Enjoyed thoroughly. "

    App barely gives a tweet worth of text, so I can't say anything more helpful.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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