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Faculty of Fire by [Kosh, Alex]
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  • File Size: 1082 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Alex Kosh; 1 edition (February 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BELW39A
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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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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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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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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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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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This was an enjoyable read, along the veins of a Harry Potter type of book, but more for Young Adults. The setting is a magical world, not Earth, but not necessarily apart from Earth, where magic is practiced or at least familiar to all. Mystical creatures like Vampires and Trolls and Dragons exist, though for the most part the story focuses on humans, and particularly those adept at magic. This is the story of the first year in magic school, but also did a decent job of hinting at a much larger world, with much greater conflict potential than that which is developed in this first book. I am interested to learn more about this world, and in the greater conflict that exists between the kingdoms. It will also be interesting to see if it is ever tied in to Earth, as it is intimated that travel between worlds may be possible. All in all, a very interesting concept.

I didn't realize until after I read it that this book had been translated, but there were numerous editing errors, missing words, repeated words, switched pronouns, little foibles that can be kind of annoying, and sometimes require a little extra effort to interpret. This may also have impacted the prose in some way, which might mean its an even better book in its original language, but I can't make that call so I'm going with four stars on this one. A good fun read if you're in to the magical genre of fiction, particularly for Young Adults (this ain't no George RR Martin...practically Disney by comparison).
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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 overcoming all obstacles , thereby proving yourself to the teachers, other students and of course the pretty girl. In this case the pretty girl is a vampire. To add to the self fulfillment fantasy it turns out you are truly royalty and should be next in line to lead the country. Unfortunately your magic powers preclude this as magic welders are not allowed to lead. To leave this option to lead open your aunt attempts to mask your powers, even from you. But they break free at a critical time and you start down the path of magical learning. When your school of magic is attacked it is a good thing you were enrolled to protect your school and your country.

Slightly simplistic, maybe geared for young adults but fun for all ages
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