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Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Nuttall
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Book Description

Not every ugly duckling becomes a swan ...
In the wake of the disastrous attack on the Golden City, Lady Light Spinner has become Grand Sorceress and Elaine, the Bookworm, has been settling into her positions as Head Librarian and Privy Councillor. But any hope of vanishing into her books is negated when a new magician of staggering power appears in the city, one whose abilities seem to defy the known laws of magic.
Johan is a Powerless, a person born to a magical family yet lacking powers of his own. His dreams of a better life are curbed by his family, who see him as a cripple at best and a burden at worst. But when a political protest goes horrifically wrong, Johan discovers that his true powers have merely been buried, waiting for their chance to explode into the world. As he comes to grips with his newfound talents, he discovers that he finally has a chance to realise his ambitions ...
... But for the Golden City, reeling after the devastation of six months earlier, he may be the greatest threat the city has ever seen. Elaine must unlock the mystery behind his powers before the political factions can kill him ... or use him to unleash a nightmare.

Returning to well-loved characters from Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling Bookworm and introducing new ones, Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling explores power – and the effect it has on the human mind.


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About the Author

Christopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learned to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author he has self-published a number of novels, but this is his fifth fantasy to be published by Elsewhen Press. Following on from the success of the bestselling Bookworm, The Very Ugly Duckling continues Elaine's story. Chris is currently living in Borneo with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1021 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Elsewhen Press (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HNIARLE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,727 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Christopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learned to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author, he has published ten novels (so far) through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. The Royal Sorceress is his first novel to be professionally published. Chris is currently living in Borneo with his partner, muse, and critic Aisha.

Christopher's novel, The Royal Sorceress, will be published by Elsewhen Press in paperback in Feb.

Chris has a blog where he published updates, snippets and world-building notes at http://chrishanger.wordpress.com/ and a website at http://www.chrishanger.net.

As a matter of principle, all of Chris's self-published Kindle books are DRM-free.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good follow up to the first book . 7 Feb. 2014
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As with all this authors work a good read with characters who are interesting and involving. I look forward to more of these books..
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 4 April 2014
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I enjoyed reading this so much I have now read the first and look forward to reading more of his novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read 3 Mar. 2014
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Once again I got total hooked to one of Christopher Nuttall's books. I just couldn't put it down. His ability to show why characters act the way they do allows you to empathize with each and every one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and interesting fantasy entertainment 31 Mar. 2014
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Christopher Nuttall's The Very Ugly Duckling is the second part of the Bookworm fantasy series. It's an entertaining and well written sequel to Bookworm.

Because I enjoyed reading Bookworm, I was eager to read The Very Ugly Duckling. I liked this novel very much, because it was good escapism and the author had come up with an interesting story. The story captured my attention immediately when I began to read it and I found myself reading it as fast as possible, because the story flowed effortlessly from start to finish.

Just like Bookworm, this novel is a combination of adult fantasy, young adult fantasy, traditonal fantasy and modern fantasy. This combination works well, because all the different elements complement each other and the story is good. I think it's good to mention that although there are a few young adult elements in this novel, it's mostly an adult novel, because there are politics and certain sexual references in it.

In Bookworm the author concentrated mostly on writing about Elaine and what had happened to her. In this novel he writes more about Elaine, but also concentrates on writing about Johan and his problems. He also writes about politics and how the Golden City is trying to recover from the devastating events that took place six months earlier. All these things add quite a lot of depth to the story.

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Elaine has become the Head Librarian and a Privy Councillor. She has settled well to her position as the Head Librarian. Johan Conidian is a Powerless and can't use magic. He's the shame of his family and his father keeps him mostly locked up in the house. During a political protest Johan suddenly creates a magical pulse and faints.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up 2 Feb. 2014
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This is rounding out the world occupied by the Bookworm. It leaves the story nicely balanced for a follow up. I find the style of writing satisfying with detail as well as balance and stays within the described world with limits without a K9 to help out

Good read I recommend it but read the first one first
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4.0 out of 5 stars More excellent Nuttall Magic 26 Jan. 2014
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Christopher Nuttall seems to have burst on the scene and produced a significant body of work very quickly. Good storytelling skills linked with good characters and plot lines. This book follows on from Bookworm 1 and builds on some of those characters such as Elaine and Dread but adds new ones.
One of Nuttall's interesting issues is that he does hard SF as well as Fantasy and his Magic series is split again into a number of different sub series. The magic in the Bookworm series bears little relation to those others such as the Royal Sorceress series. Not a complaint, but unusual nonetheless.
I'd have liked some of the characters to be more investigated. Dread has significant opportunity in this regard as does Lady Lightspinner. And what happened to the Princess from the first book that seemed to be getting a thing on for Dread. Maybe in a later book?
Are Elaine and Johan moving in the inexorable direction now that Jayne and Bee are out of the way?

Overall 4 starts enjoyable, fun, page turning.

More please Mr Nuttall.
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