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A School for Sorcery Mass Market Paperback – 29 Aug 2003

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[A] most enjoyable book! "Joan Aiken" This is a most enjoyable book! It belongs to a genre of stories I adored when I was young; books such as" A Girl of Limberlost "and "Anne of Green Gables." Tria, the heroine of "A School for Sorcery," is faced with an outsized tussle: her elegant, spiteful roommate has a habit of turning into a black panther at times of stress, a hostile male student summons fearsome entities known as the Dire Women, and the whole sorcery course looks as if it will come to a cataclysmic end until Tria manages to call upon unexpected reserves of power. This is an elegant, complicated story, at times running into parallel action to perplex the pursuing reader. E. Rose Sabin is a writer to look out for. "Joan Aiken, author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase" J. K. Rowling introduced us to the charms and secrets of Hogwarts; now E. Rose Sabin opens up a school for teens who posses equal talents. "A School for Sorcery" is an excellent study of teens and magic in a very unusual school. "Andre Norton, SFWA Grand Master""

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E. Rose Sabin is a former teacher who now devotes her time to writing fantasy and science fiction. Her stories have won many awards and "A School for Sorcery" her first novel won the Andre Norton Gryphon award.She lives in Pinellas County, Florida, with her two dogs, B'Elana and Dax."

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x960607c8) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96ff59cc) out of 5 stars An entertaing new fantasy novel 8 Oct. 2002
By Nancy E. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It seems that ever since JK Rowling's fantastic Harry Potter series hit the shelves, we have received book after book of child and teen fantasy novels. It seems that everyone is trying to out-Potter each other. In some cases these "novels" can turn out to be embarrassingly bad. Fortunately this is not the case. A School for Sorcery by E. Rose Sabin is a thrilling novel about what happened if Harry Potter was female, a few years older, and in a completely different world.
Tria Tesserell is a 16-year-old farmer's daughter who has always known that she had had some magic gifts. Unfortunately, because of her close minded father, she has been forced to keep her powers hidden. But when she gets accepted to the Lesley Simonton School for the Magically Gifted she is thrilled. She won't have to keep her powers hidden any longer. But her enthusiasm is diminished when she actually gets to the campus. The buildings are crumbling, the hallway seems to be covered in a thick layer of dust and grime, and the food is old and stale. Tria gets in trouble right away when one of her powers she never knew she possessed works without her even knowing it. To top it off Tria's new roommate is a witch in more ways than one. Tria feels as if she can never learn to love this school. And just when she start's getting used to it and things start looking up a darker more sinister evil takes into play. Oryon, a second year student, has summoned an evil source that has kidnapped two of Tria's fellow students and friends. It looks like Tria is the only one that can save them, but she doesn't even know how.
I was unsure whether to give this book 4 stars of 5. There were many good qualities. The author manages to take a familiar scene (a magic school) and take it in a completely different direction. The characters are amusing and sometimes scary. And the emphasis in this book is more on ethical magic than breaking the rules for the greater good (like in Harry Potter). Still there are a few plot holes. Because there are so many characters many of them get introduced and seem like they will become large parts in the books. Instead they merely vanish about halfway through the book. But beyond that this book is great. I hope to see more works of fantasy from E. Rose Sabin, maybe in this world. I recommend it to fans of JK Rowling and Diane Wynne Jones.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96ff5aa4) out of 5 stars Better Plotted than HP books! 31 Aug. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
With the protagonist being a teenager, this book is obviously aimed at the teens that first cut their teeth on HP but now need more meat. And they get it! The twists (plot twists & twists of objects in the book) is just grand. The best part is you don't see the end coming, yet it fits perfectly.
The various types of magic ability are much more thought out and well developed (and believable) than HP's, it impacts the plot and characters more. Because of their own ethics characters use and misuse magic and learn lessons from their mistakes.
And it is also a very rare story these days: a GIRL'S coming of age.
Well done.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96ff5bc4) out of 5 stars Read it twice! 30 April 2008
By Athena R. Anderson - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought this book was fantastic. I have read it twice not and this will be the few that I have read twice. It is a fast read and I got through it quickly. I would have liked to see Sabin write more books on the characters that played in the three that she has written, such as a bit more about Veronica Crowell background and what her "gift" is and how she is got caught up in the beginning of everything. I also think that events happen so fast that I need to read the books more than one time to absorb all the information in. I would like to see more written about the school, students and faculty with adventures, love and background. There are infinite possibilities that could be written and explored. I believe that she could take this to the next level and be comparable to David Eddings or Anthony Piers Anthony in the 9-12 age reading level.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d837018) out of 5 stars Sort of like Harry Potter meets Anne of Green Gables... 4 Jan. 2004
By TAHINAZ - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A Hogwarts-type school at the turn of the century! What an intruiging idea!
Though this book starts out a little campy, with the main character gathering eggs on a small farm, and continues with some very pegan-like philosophy about magic, I found myself thoroughly enjoying "A School for Sorcery." Sabin's style is simple and lyrical, and her story has just enough unusual aspects to carry the reader through untill you begin to realize that the seemingly predictable plot is not what it seems!
I finished this book in two days. It was excellant.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9679cd20) out of 5 stars I give it 4.5---> Very Good Book 21 July 2004
By Madi - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was about a coming of age fantasy. Tria has just entered into The school for sorcery and nothing is as she expected. The teachers are dull, just like the school and the students are strange especially a mysterious boy - Oryon, who wants to be the most powerful one, he kidnaps her boyfriend and her and her troublesome roommate Lina must rescue him in a year or they'll never be seen again.........
It's a very good book, It's hard to put down, I can't wait to read the other book by this author "A Perilous Power"
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