Reviews tagged "magic school"


Nightschool by Svetlana Chmakova

Alex is a shy but surly teenager who lives with her adult sister Sarah and — despite their lack of parents — is homeschooled. This is odder than you might think, because Alex is a Weirn, a type of magic user whose power manifests as a semi-sentient familiar. Most young Weirns — as well as […]


The Magicians by Lev Grossman

It is entirely apparent in reading The Magicians that the author is attempting to write a ‘Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia for grownups’. However, unfortunately, his conception of ‘grownup’ consists primarily of disaffected postmodernism with a generous side of alcoholism. In the beginning of the book, Quentin and a select group of his peers […]


Evernight by Claudia Grey

Bianca’s parents have taken jobs teaching at Evernight Academy, a very rich and very exclusive boarding school that most teenagers couldn’t even hope to attend. They think it’s a great opportunity for her to come along with them. But she hates it–the campus is miles away from civilization, the buildings are old and creepy, and […]


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This book is, in many ways, a typically clichéd high fantasy epic. It takes place in a pseudo-medieval setting; it features inns, and stew, and bandits, and demons, and traveling entertainers. (I kept thinking of The Tough Guide to Fantasyland.) It’s even the first book in a trilogy. Yet somehow it avoids becoming completely clichéd […]