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Summary

Elaine is an orphan girl who has grown up in a world where magical ability brings power. Her limited talent was enough to ensure a magical training, but she's very inexperienced and was lucky to get a position working in the Great Library. Now, the Grand Sorcerer - the most powerful magician of them all - is dying, although initially that makes little difference to Elaine; she certainly doesn't have the power to compete for higher status in the Golden City. But all that changes when she triggers a magical trap and ends up with all the knowledge from the Great Library stuffed inside her head. The knowledge locked away in the Great Library was meant to remain permanently sealed and letting it out could mean a repeat of the catastrophic Necromantic Wars of 500 years earlier. Elaine is forced to struggle with the terrors and temptations represented by her newfound knowledge, all the while trying to stay out of sight of those she fears.

But a darkly powerful figure has been drawing up a plan to take the power of the Grand Sorcerer for himself; and Elaine, unknowingly, is vital to his scheme. Unless she can unlock the mysteries behind her new knowledge, there is no hope for those she loves, the Golden City, or her entire world.

©2013 Christopher Nuttall (P)2017 Tantor

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Great story, shame about the tone of the narration

What did you like best about Bookworm? What did you like least?

Loved the story, and the way it unfolded, disliked the narrators tone

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator's tone was fine when doing the accents for the different characters, whoever when reading the main narration has a really affected distant tone that just grated from the start. Wish I had downloaded a sample first.

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Unusual magic

Very much enjoyed, narrator read beautifully
Bringing the story alive, wonderfully constructed
Story with some very good character s recommend

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  • Ethan
  • Hertfordshire
  • 02-07-18

Clever and inventive!

Elaine is a low powered magician, an unlikely hero and a librarian. I listened to this book and the other 3 in the series all in a row and thoroughly enjoyed them all! Dread is a great character and so is Lightspinner. My favourite series by Christopher Nutthall!

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hummmm

know its down to 'taste', but didn't like the narrator at all.........So much so, could only listen to the first couple of chapters and I've bought the sequel!! The author is a great writer, but listening to the reader, couldn't distinguish between characters or bring them to life for me.... It is my personal opinion..... Sorry guys

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 07-07-17

a decent stand-alone story, no fairy tale ending

Rated R for mild, pervasive, sex talk and scenes.

THIS is a totally different Nuttall tale. Everything seemed like a different author, which is great when the author changes genre directions. However, this could be Emily's world (Schooled in Magic) centuries after Emily. Elaine is another mildly magic girl who receives an infusion of power beyond her innate abilities, but she is more grounded than Emily and displays none of Emily's annoying waffling over love interests or what she wants to be.

The bookworm concept is wonderful! Elaine's acceptance of her situation, and then her willingness to sacrifice herself to save the world if necessary are good character development. The outcome of the story is believable and satisfying and not your typical fairy tale. This book stands alone or could have sequels.Not for children despite the genre.

The narration is very not-American, pleasant and easy to listen to.

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  • Sgcat
  • 26-07-17

could not stop listening!

great story line with many twists and turns. the narrator was fantastic. she change of tones made the book come alive!

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  • Trip Williams
  • 11-07-17

Finally! An Adult Version of the 'Schooled In Magic' Series!

Finally! A 'Non-Young Adult' series set in the future of the 'Schooled In Magic' universe! It's actually a relief to NOT have to suffer through the 'Young girl, should I? Dare I? NO! I can't' mentality.

LOVE Nuttall's Books, however, it was a surprisingly refreshing change to listen to a story from the magical universe, via the perspective of an early 20's Female Character.

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  • Stephanie Chastagner
  • 29-01-18

Not impressed

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Unknown

Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Nuttall again?

Yes I liked the Schooled in Magic serious.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Zehra Jane Naqvi?

YES. Listing to Ms Naqvi lisp through the entire book was brutal. I found myself totally zoning out and having to go back to see if I missed anything pertinent. The story could have been very good if it had been better edited and had a different narrator. .

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bookworm?

The portions where the character just dithers without any addition/point to the story. The “oral sex” references/conversations were also not necessary.

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  • Ross Clark
  • 04-10-17

Non fairytale, but satisfying conclusion.

It was slow to start, but worth reading to the end. Climactic, but not neat.

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  • Mary
  • 11-09-17

I wanted to love this book

What did you like best about Bookworm? What did you like least?

I loved the idea, i loved the voice actor. But half way through the book i had to make myself stay. the last 30 minutes were painful. The story just... dropped.
over use of "Existence" and having Elaine find strength she didn't know she had became cringe worthy.
The sexual experience seemed forced and Elaine's wondering about love afterwards was awkward. I believed her relationship to her tormentor more then the relation ship to Bee.

The voice actor was very good, but i will not be returning to this author.

Has Bookworm turned you off from other books in this genre?

i loved the idea, the idea was great and i would like to read another book LIKE this, but not by this author.

Was Bookworm worth the listening time?

no

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  • Aaron
  • 24-11-17

Not for teenagers

descriptive sexual encounters, I would not recommend this book to my nieces or nephews, the performer/Reader is easy to listen to, and the book has a good flow and their is enough intrigue to keep you listening to the story. and there were some unexpected twists in the story, that make me want to find out how the story turns out! but defiantly not for teens. Personally I do not think that the detailed descriptions of the main characters sexual encounters did any thing for the over all story, other then show her morally ambiguous nature. I Absolutely love the Schooled in Magic Series, which is easily Teen Worthy, which makes the first book in this Bookworm series some what disappointing as I was hoping it would be as good and at the same time be a book I could recommend to everyone including my Nieces and Nephews who also enjoy this Genre.

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  • Sallamae Johnson
  • 08-07-18

Good, but with briefly shown flaws.

The narrator is awesome. As much as I love reading his stories and imaginations, Christopher Nuttall seems to put pieces in his stories that trivialize and demean sexuality and make no sense. Some of his earliest works seem to be better according to my recollection.

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  • Eric
  • 26-03-18

Good feel to this story

This book was a pleasant surprise I believe that it had a great feel to it, the characters were engaging, and the story kept the listener’s interest, a must buy. If there was one criticism regarding this book, in my opinion I wish that the writer would stick to one designation when comes to magic users. Let’s put this way if there were different kinds of magic users I would understand the use of different kinds of names. However, in this book and in this genre, Christopher Nuttall tends to go from magician, to sorcerer, to wizard or even druid. Its so many names talking about the same thing, I think it just confuses the reader, however with that said still buy the book.

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  • David
  • 14-03-18

Didn't care for the sex scenes.

I like Nutall's books as they are fairly clean. This one started a sex scene while my just turned 11 great neice was riding in my truck with her grandparents. Very embarrassed. Will not be continuing this series. Hope his other series don't follow in the steps of this one. Premise of the book was good, just like books I can listen to without being concerned who else is around.