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""
About the Author
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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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.
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.
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.
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"