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Summary

After completing her first year of learning magic at Whitehall School, Emily accepts an invitation from Princess Alassa to accompany her on her progress back to her home country of Zangaria, where the princess may meet her future husband. Alassa, who was a spoiled brat before she met Emily, wants to show off her friend - and impress potential suitors.

For Emily, it is a chance to relax and explore a world very different to Earth, meet new people and come to terms with her reputation in the Nameless World. After her defeat of Shadye, everyone wants to know her, to talk with her, to kill her or to marry her. For Emily, hardly a social butterfly, the experience is disconcerting. She was never seriously courted before, not on Earth.

And yet, as she sees more of the countries surrounding Whitehall, she feels more and more out of place. The locals come from a very different culture, one that is often strange and horrifying to her eyes. Even her friends seem different people in their homes.

But dark forces are at work, plotting to capture the princess, take power in Zangaria, and undo all of Emily's work. As all hell breaks loose, Emily may be all that stands between Zangaria and a return to the dark ages of brute force that threatened to lay the kingdom low once before. And if she fails, her friends will be just the first victims of a war that will rip the Allied Lands apart.

©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Author needs to learn write

As with book 1 this is a first person story written in 3rd person, which makes Emily's ramblings annoying. Emily's musings are constantly running back on themselves.

And at the beginning she says that the Princess is older than her yet says she's 17, which is Emily's age. Although, I thought that Emily was younger than that as I don't think the first book ever mentioned age.

The whole world building around marriage as nothing more than a mating ritual is off putting and even Emily never mentions marriage for love. Emily should have said to Jade that he was shite at trying to woo a girl and had to work for it with dates and all that crap and dating before he even considered asking her anything like it.

And the final boss had no actual foreshadowing. They just jumped out of nowhere and turned out to be crazy and stupid. At least leave clues to the big bad rather than just picking someone at random.

I like the overall plots, but too much of the story is Emily's thought, and re-thoughts about the same things constantly. It's just wasteful padding. I can tell that a lot of it is added after the story has been finished to pad it out as no one should ramble a 3rd person story between a conversation as that can make the reader forget what she's answering after a long winded mind-ramble.

Also, Emily is very anti-male. That was made clear in book 1. And even mentioned in this book. I would have expected some lesbian tendancies if she was to think about a lover.

Though, one of the worst things are some of the names, such as Jade? For a boy?

And the constant reminders of her previous adventure was completely unnecessary. And mocking Mary-Sues when Emily should be number 1 of Forbes top 10 list of Mary-Sues, and trying to pretend she's not.

Also, everything just moved much too fast. All her inventions and the fall of guilds. But I can overlook that.

I'm still interested. I don't mind a Mary-Sue with a good story when it's cheap, even when so full of filler. And this book was only £2.99 with the £0.99 Kindle book and book 3 is only £2.99 with the £1.49 Kindle book, so cheaper than a Credit.

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great

loved the book more action than the last one but as I am a bloke not to keen on the princess story but again well read and am downloading next one now keep writing

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Book 2 in a wonderful series!

I'm a harry potter fan and this series gives me life! If you aren't quite convinced... stick with it!!

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I just realized...

People do a lot of realizing stuff in this book, as well as the first one. Does the author not have a thesaurus? "Realized" is the most used word in this series so far as I can tell, kind of annoying..

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  • J.V. Cox
  • 28-04-17

Great series!!!! Book2 better than first!!!!!!

5 stars series!!!! A must read/ listen, can't wait to listen to the rest of the books!

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  • Steven
  • 01-05-17

Exciting

A nice magical world with interesting intriguing plot twist mixed with integumentary characters
New World meet old world

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-17

mediocre at best.

The author has great ideas but fails to put it into words. The writing style lacks any creativity. For example; If you bought this book on Kindle and did a word search for "Emily flushed" you would get over a hundred hits. He has no other description for his main character getting embarrassed!
The narrator is rather overrated. She, just like the characters she plays, is a mediocre mess. She can only do two voices; the highborn snobby lady voice and the confused lowborn servant. Oh, and she does the exact same voice for all men! Overall she's kinda annoying.
To recap.
This book is trying to be a Harry Potter set in a medieval world. It's wants to be a great classic fantasy hero story. It almost is! Yet the author struggles constantly with pacing, narrative and character development. It's simply mediocre and forgettable which is unfortunate considering the story's potential.
To end on a positive note... This is an improvement, written wise, over the first installment. And I will be buying the next book in the series because I hope he will continue to improve.

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  • Johan
  • 25-11-16

I got through the whole thing

struggled to get through. didn't really care for narration or story, but I don't really care for so much discussion about sexism in my books over and over and over again.

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  • A Texas Bibliomaniac
  • 09-02-17

decent series

This book seemed slow in areas. There were many repeated phrases or terms within the same paragraph and chapters (a pet peeve, makes my eyes twitch).

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  • Sallamae Johnson
  • 04-06-18

Thorough, Fantastic, and generally age appropriate

The first book was compared with Harry Potter, but this book seems to cut all strings to such thoughts and deepens the truly realistic perplexing developments in Emily and her life. Emily accomplishes about as much as in the first book, but without the glory of top of the world single combat heroism as her style. Again, wisdom and references to real history abound, making this a valuable learning resource comparable to it's entertainment quality.

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  • Tonya R Pagan
  • 04-05-18

love this series!

I really love this book series. If you liked Harry Potter this is so much better!

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  • Curtis L. Francisco
  • 20-04-18

better than the first

hook it was a little bit better and more entertaining and suspenseful than the first but first did set the background for it so it had its purpose

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  • SparkysGirl18
  • 14-04-18

Love it!

I loved this book as much as the first one. I can't wait to see what happens in the next one!

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  • Matt
  • 19-03-18

High schoolers having sex

Any additional comments?

Book 1 is okay, and maybe book 2. But usually someone will start a series with the intention of finishing it. Hence I've completely dropped the stars on my reviews of all books. Part way through the series the book changes from a light and fun series into an adult drama. Kids talking about having sex every few chapters. Comments about EVERY guy eventually becoming an adulterer, and have bastard sons. A bunch of junk that I would never want to read. This is normal for Chris Nuttall though, he's always putting sex in his books it turns out.