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Sorcery and Scholarships Paperback – March 6, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. The pacing is expertly done; the chapter lengths are perfect, and each one leaves you wanting to start the next to find out what happens. The characters are all believable and don't come across as flat, and though there are a couple minor editing errors, they are infrequent, and you can understand what is meant without difficulty.
It's hard to talk about books involving schools and magic without making a comparison to Harry Potter, but the two have almost nothing in common, which is not a bad thing. It feels like a fresh and unique take on the concept, rather than a rehash of something that's been done before. Actually, very little of the book is devoted to the classes or magic itself. More of the plot centers around the characters as they get involved with a mystery that surrounds the school.
The only negative thing I have to say about it is that some of the referential humor is a little obscure, but none of it is integral to the understanding of the story, so it's easy to overlook them.
As the three have their lives interwoven by the struggle between LIght and Dark we see a bond form. One of friendship and trust. They start to care for each other and with this comes a questioning of who they are and what they are destined for. Keisha doesn't see just black and white anymore especially after meeting Dylan. Blake doesn't see himself as evil and horrid anymore but begins to get a conscience. Aki is neutral but is the fabric that helps everyone see themselves for what they can be and the world for all its possibilities.
As the battle begins the world will change for them hopefully they will still draw on each others strengths and friendship to survive. A fun read that will have you captured to the end.
I appreciate that the protagonists aren't the most powerful or the best at what they do and go through a believable amount of study and training to progress their skills. They are still learning, along with the reader, what their world is about and about their place in it.
The story reads quickly as Aki, Keisha and Blake get to know the students and lecturers at Axis University; some friendly, some hostile and some just downright insane.
Keisha seems like the token "goodie-two-shoes" with her good grades and Light essence, but is very much her own person. She has good reason not to trust the Axis authorities, but is determined to get the most she can out of her unexpected enrolment. She knows that the things she will accomplish will be through her hard work alone.
Aki is the glue that keeps the trio together. Although she is sometimes not as sure about herself as her friends, she's always game for anything and stays positive in sticky situations.
Blake is probably my favourite character, although the girls are not far behind. I have a soft spot for sarcasm and his sense of humour resonates with mine. He starts at Axis with an unknown, but somewhat sinister agenda and I look forward to finding out exactly what he is up to and especially how his plans will affect his friendship with Aki and Keisha.
The magic system in the book can be a little confusing at first but this doesn't make the story any less enjoyable. I discovered that Mr Isaro actually provides a quick guide in his blog's FAQ section found here: [...], which is worth checking out.
This novel presents us with a lot of questions and not as many answers as I would like, but as the first in a series it also conveys a sense of the magically environment that we have only glimpsed so far. Dashes of pop culture references and a healthy amount of self-awareness keeps the novel light hearted and, like I mentioned, makes the characters and setting very real and almost personal as we explore the mysteries of Axis University with them.
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