- Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: Paladin Timeless Books (August 15, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606192981
- ISBN-13: 978-1606192986
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 377 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,016,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It wasn't all bad though, I wanted to know what would happen the whole way through. I wasn't surprised by anything but neither was I bored. I found myself liking the concept of introducing the modern world to a magical but non-technological culture. I probably will not continue reading this series, but it is a decent enough pastime.
3 things really stand out in this novel: the magic system, the female lead, world building
I love the way that the magic system is developed in this book. It is very logical (barring alchemy), the main character is good at understanding it, and it is not so complex or so far out of reality that the reader cannot understand.
The female lead takes some time to realize that she has power, but there is no whining or internal drama when she does. THANK GOD. It always pisses me off when any character tries to feel guilty about having power. I don't know why, but most authors seem to think that having the power to choose is something to be guilty over, not the consequences of choosing. This is not the case. I prefer chaotic good characters and the female lead has a bit of this going on. (I also don't understand why a character would want to stay ignorant. Main character likes to learn)
Finally, the world building in this book is well done for an introductory novel. There are some hints, and brief descriptions of the surrounding world, but Mr. Nuttall leaves the majority of those descriptions for when those locations become relevant to the story.
A definite recommendation to read this book.
Emily gets flipped over from our universe to a different universe in about the first 3 pages and then its a lot of what the heck after that. The fun part of it is you can emphasize with her very quickly for the oddities as time goes on. And there are more than a few good Harry Potter jokes and references as well as Dr. Who. Which makes it even more interesting it its own way as Nuttall isn't trying to reinvent these huge bodies of other work to explain stuff as it goes on. Just a "Wow this place is bigger'n and more complex than the Tardis!" I'm not a Dr. Who fan but I know plenty and it made a lot of sense to me.
I've read all the Potter books long ago and the movies as well, so it does make it more immersive in its own way as well. There are quite a few comparisons that will come to mind between the two, thats normal. Whats more fun is that the main character is the one doing them as well. It doesn't break 4th wall but I certainly enjoyed the parts like that.