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Faculty of Fire [Kindle Edition]

Alex Kosh
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Book Description

Zachary Nickers has lived his whole life in the home of an ungrateful guardian who never saw his true potential. But when he’s recruited to attend an elite boarding school called The Academy with a covert mission, his intelligence is about to be tested to the limit. This is a world where Craftsmen (skilled users of magic) are trained, and with this schooling, can alter the course of good and evil forces. There are faculties of Air, Water and Earth to master at hand. But rote memorization is the least of Zach’s worries with Alice, a tempting young vampiress, seducing his attentions at every turn, not to mention some pretty potent cocktails, which in this school run as freely as tap water. Just when all of Zach’s defenses hit rock bottom, the Academy is invaded via teleport by Stone Trolls working for the Empire’s greatest enemy, the Tabernacle Emirate, everyone at school is taken prisoner. With the help of a kindly old vampire (who is actually Alice’s great grandfather), Zach, and his crew manage to escape and to fight back. But their sighs of relief might be a little too premature…

Behind the stone tower of The Academy, things are not always as they appear. And upon closer inspection, Zach and his comrades are about to discover that the Tabernacle Emirate might actually be a front for a dangerous power that just might be closer than they think. And it’s up them to uncover what motives the esteemed faculty really possesses. Forget veritas and the golden rule. At this academy, it’s every captive for himself…and the teachers aren't necessarily as smart as they look.

About the Author:
Alex Kosh was recognized as Best Fiction Writer at the 2007 Silver Arrow science fiction and fantasy festival, where he also won in the category of Best Main Character for THE FACULTY OF FIRE’s Zachery Nickers. He is also a member of the Council for Fantasy and Adventure at the Writers' Union of Russia. Alex Kosh has over 500,000 copies of his books in print.

Product Details

  • File Size: 664 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Alex Kosh; 1 edition (February 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BELW39A
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Translation hurt an entertaining book March 7, 2013
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Faculty of Fire had a lot going for it, The setting was fairly interesting, the magic system interesting, and a likable protagonist. Unfortunately, I believe a lot was simply lost in the translation from Russian. The prose got extremely choppy in places, to the point that I had to re-read passages. There were also a depressing number of simple editing errors, i.e. missing words, confused pronouns (he and she got switched a lot)., extraneous or missing quotation marks, etc Lastly, with the notable exception of Kelnmiir, most of the attempts at humor just didn't work right. Again, I am going give the author the benefit of the doubt and blame the translation.

In short, a fun quick read, but hurt by technical flaws.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice light read! March 11, 2013
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I would give this book four stars, but in the translation more than a few errors happened. Mainly the errors were in areas of transition between characters speaking. This problem did make the book harder to read but it still held my intrest till the very end. I will buy the next book in the series if it is released in the US.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad April 14, 2013
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Not a bad first try. Not quite what I was expecting. Well thought out but horribly edited. Hopefully the next book will be a improvement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good premise, but flawed execution June 24, 2013
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This book had an interesting concept: a young man who enters a magic academy, the academy being ultimately responsible for the defense of the empire (and thus the biggest target). It was a light easy read, with straightforward action reminiscent of the pulp novels of old.

Unfortunately, both the translation and the Kindle formatting were very poorly done. There were many errors, ranging from simple typos to serious grammatical errors, and even a few places where the wrong character's name appeared! There were places where the errors were so severe that it took a little puzzling to figure out what Koch intended.

Also, this is the first book in a series, but the other books are (at least for now) only available in Russian. There's substantial time spent on details that I assume become relevant later in the series, but aren't particularly relevant to this first installment. I wouldn't complain about that if I had any confidence that the rest of the series would eventually be translated, but given that Огненный Факультет was originally published in 2005 and Faculty of Fire just came out in 2013, I'm not exactly holding my breath for the translation of book 2, Огненный Патруль, published in 2006.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry potter, in an alternate universe. May 14, 2013
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First things first. There were a lot of typos in here that broke immersion in the story, I don't know if that's because it was translated or what, but some better proofreading should be in order. That aside, I loved the story, it was interesting, great characters in an interesting world. The whole academy full of mages, closed off from the world with the headmaster and the one bad teacher, even the sibling rivalry between faculties.... It just set a tone that was ringing "Harry potter" in the back of my mind. The book ended like it was the first in a series, so I hope there's a follow up. If there is I will definitely read it, and if not then I feel the ending was a bit like being dropped off a cliff. Great book, and still vastly different from the potter series, that's just the feel of it in a way, but with more action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought! April 21, 2013
By Jacob
When I first bought the book I got it because there was really nothing else that caught my eye. This kept popping up in my recommendations so finally I broke down and gave it a shot. It is a very witty and fun story of a young man who gets excepted into the prestigious academy for magic/craft users after believing he never stood a chance. We walk through his time there and the plot starts to thicken along with getting introduced the our main character and the supporting cast.

The characters banter and Zachary's inner monologues are really funny. The whole settingis really interesting as well with a lot of room for just about Anything to happen. The only issues i had with the book was the editing which came up a little to frequently and sometimes you couldn't figure out what was suppose to be said. but besides that give this book a shot and I don't think you will be disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad they finally translated it! January 30, 2014
By Pola
To be honest with you I've never read this book in english translation, however in russian it is just great! It is funny, clever and optimistic at the same time. However "The Faculty of Fire" is just a start of wonderful series, there are 3 more books to go and each book is getting better and better (and further and further from Harry Potter).
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If your on the edge of deciding to buy this book or not I'll recommend you do give it a chance. I tried the sample a while back and it peeked my interest but it was the only book in the series so I held off until I rented it and I really did enjoy reading it. The main protagonist has this witty inner monologue that more often than not had me chuckling. Some books I read having trouble drawing the line between good humor and just childish humor, I am glad to say I don't find this book to have that problem at all and it does a very good job balancing the comedy and the seriousness of the story. I will say the way this story's ending leaves it open for more entries in the series and I do really hope the author continues it. So a quick summery of what my opinion is: good pacing (I never felt that it was dragging on after the story picked up after the first 50 or so pages), good characters that meshed well together, interesting lore, a solid story, and it left me want more. I did notice a few errors in the writing and spelling in the story but that's not a deal breaker for me. It scares me that this came out almost 2 years ago and still no sequel that's why I'm writing this review in hopes that it gets this story out there and it gets more positive feedback encouraging the author to continue this great world he made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the characters were easily related to
First off, for a translation of a book from Russian into English, it was remarkably well done. The subject matter was exceptional, the characters were easily related to, the plot... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jack Spade
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced as a juvenile magical student rescues his school when...
Fast paced slightly juvenile, but very attractively priced. Everyone dreams of going to magic school and when the school is attacked only you (the student) can save the day... Read more
Published 10 months ago by David G
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, Poorly edited though
This was an enjoyable read, along the veins of a Harry Potter type of book, but more for Young Adults. Read more
Published 12 months ago by mpb206
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it
A very different approach. I can,t wait to start on the next book. Will Zachary become the emperor? Or not?
Published 12 months ago by Barbara Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars Snore
wow..what a let down. Don't get me wrong there were some parts of it that were downright entertaining, but it was so slow. It was a drag to read this book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by S. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative,but flawed.
While I admire the author's world building, the whole book needs a lot of editing. (Frankly, he should fire his editor and demand a refund. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Steven K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic academy
Zach is trying to qualify for the Craftsman Academy . When he does. He has no idea of the adventures he and his friends will have.
Published 14 months ago by Deborah Broome
1.0 out of 5 stars Just couldnt get into it
I tried a couple of time to read this book I just couldn't keep going. Both times I made it about 40 pages in and had absolutly no interest in continuing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bbates
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, entertaining book with a fast-paced plot
It was helpful to read in prior reviews that the English version was a translation from Russian, as I was able to compensate for the occasional error. Read more
Published 14 months ago by O. Cean
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Excellent book, well-written characters, new approach to Fantasy while preserving its spirit. I am looking forward to the following books, and I really hope we will see its world... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ciprian Dumea
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next book
Next book is already written and released in Russian. If the info I found and translated with google is correct.

Could not find any info about a planned english release.
Jun 10, 2013 by David M. Liik Jr. |  See all 3 posts
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