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The School of Hard Knocks Paperback – May 15, 2015
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In one sense this book gives a bit of an alternate view of magic schooling in the Allied Lands in the sense that the way Mountaintop goes about it is rather different from Whitehall. especially perhaps in terms of the social and authoritarian structures and ways at the two schools.
It was quite fun to read about Emily’s new experiences and how she struggled, adapted and made mistakes. As usual the book is full of interesting characters not to mention a mystery or two. As usual Emily’s curiosity, stubbornness and ignorance about a fair amount of things causes her to wander into quite some adventure and make a few mistakes along the way.
I have to say that I was somewhat split at the end since none of the bad guys were really that bad after all. There was a reason they where doing what they were doing and they seemed to rather firmly believe that it was for the best of the Allied Lands. Several of the characters that one would have expected to be some really bad individuals actually came across as rather reasonable a lot of the time. There are really no simple, stereotypic, bad guys (or god guys) in this book.
The ending was not really what I expected I have to say. The secret of Mountaintop was quite nasty indeed. However, at the very end of the book Mr. Nuttall performs some equally nasty cruelty towards the readers by dropping a last minute huge loose thread in the readers lap. Arrrgggghhhhhh !!!!!
Dammit, I would have bought the next one anyway. You just made the wait a lot more painful Mr. Nuttall :-)
Let me add to the above what may not be clear from the other reviews. This book is much better written than most of Nuttall's recent military Sci-Fi books. His latest works in that genre (and I am a longtime reader of them) have developed middle age spread. Not many new ideas, not many interesting plot twists. A whole manure pile of political cant.
By contrast, here we have a whole new school of magic with different ideas about how to develop young magicians. A few new characters. Emily continues to learn, develop as a young woman and make some mistakes.
However, the story here is small beans in terms of the overall crises afoot. I'm worried that, like his Corp saga, Nuttall will be tempted to string the Nameless World story out for another dozen books. Resolution of the crises with the necromancers and in the mundane world seem far off. I expect a plot will be set in her barony which will require a separate book. I hope I am wrong.
The little bits of British English that seep through the editors (wrong-footed) are a pleasant bonus.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well thought out plot with enough going on to keep things interesting. If you like his other books you should like this one.Published 2 months ago by J Jackson
not a bad read but the flow of the story isn't perfect and frankly while I would buy it again just to keep up with the story I liked the others betterPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of dips, turns and a few wtf moments like usual. I enjoy this series, its a good think along with a good read.Published 3 months ago by D. S. Northcote
Yet another story in the ongoing account of Emily the girl from our world transplanted to a world of magic. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer