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Two families, alike in dignity...and armed with powerful magic. The Magical Families of Ashworth and Ashfall have been feuding for countless years, ever since something happened to split one family into two. Now, they have been invited to Cockatrice Faire... when no other magician would dare invite them both. And when it becomes clear that the Ashworth Heir and the Ashfal Two families, alike in dignity...and armed with powerful magic. The Magical Families of Ashworth and Ashfall have been feuding for countless years, ever since something happened to split one family into two. Now, they have been invited to Cockatrice Faire... when no other magician would dare invite them both. And when it becomes clear that the Ashworth Heir and the Ashfall Heir have fallen in love with one another, Emily finds herself caught in the middle between two powerful families, each one capable of destroying her once and for all...


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Two families, alike in dignity...and armed with powerful magic. The Magical Families of Ashworth and Ashfall have been feuding for countless years, ever since something happened to split one family into two. Now, they have been invited to Cockatrice Faire... when no other magician would dare invite them both. And when it becomes clear that the Ashworth Heir and the Ashfal Two families, alike in dignity...and armed with powerful magic. The Magical Families of Ashworth and Ashfall have been feuding for countless years, ever since something happened to split one family into two. Now, they have been invited to Cockatrice Faire... when no other magician would dare invite them both. And when it becomes clear that the Ashworth Heir and the Ashfall Heir have fallen in love with one another, Emily finds herself caught in the middle between two powerful families, each one capable of destroying her once and for all...

30 review for Love's Labor's Won

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    the weakest so far Nothing much happens until the end of the book, Emily spends a lot of time getting pushed around by almost everyone else, and there's this looming sense that things could go terribly wrong, but they don't really, at least not until the very end. So lots of potential drama, but not many real fireworks set off. Too many of the books in this series center on Emily's ignorance and the poor decisions she makes out of it. Everyone who is older and/or has authority over her feels quite the weakest so far Nothing much happens until the end of the book, Emily spends a lot of time getting pushed around by almost everyone else, and there's this looming sense that things could go terribly wrong, but they don't really, at least not until the very end. So lots of potential drama, but not many real fireworks set off. Too many of the books in this series center on Emily's ignorance and the poor decisions she makes out of it. Everyone who is older and/or has authority over her feels quite happy to point out her flaws and tell her "you're arrogant and ignorant and you're going to get people hurt" and yet none of these people, even those who do care about Emily, have ever taken the time to talk to her about her world or to discover what sorts of things she might not know/have trouble understanding/not believe. Lady Barb is the worst offender. She knows that Emily never had anyone she could rely on, no mother or father worthy of the name, and Lady Barb knows why Emily is ignorant...and yet Lady Barb is constantly saying scathing things about Emily's decisions, threatening to punish her for them and now is complaining that Emily acts 'like a child in a woman's body.' Haven't Lady Barb and the Grandmaster figured out yet that Emily needs some remedial education and training in the history, customs and mores of her new society? Many books ago, the Grandmaster told Emily that Lady Barb would talk to Emily, find out what she was missing or ignorant of, and fill in the blanks. Obviously Lady Barb didn't do it, or didn't do it enough, and Emily is still paying the price. Worse, Emily is being encouraged to blame herself for all her deficiencies, and she ricochets between resentment of other people's authority, grasping at straws during crises, and then blaming herself for making poor choices, all without any real sense of what else she could have done instead or getting any useful feedback from those people who claim to care for her. None of Emily's reactions will lead her to develop the self-confidence and ability to trust herself and others that Emily desperately needs in order to fulfill herself, discipline her powers and ameliorate the consequences of her actions. Lady Barb spent months helping Emily practice pocket dimension and warding spells, because she knows Emily needs to engage her magic responsibly, yet Barb seems to feel that Emily should just know how to be a baroness and how to carry out her legal, political and social obligations--Lady Barb acts like Emily just should be able to identify all the things that she doesn't know and no one else has thought to tell her, and feels it's Emily's fault if she doesn't know to ask even. It's unreasonable of Lady Barb to have done nothing to help/force Emily to come to grips with her responsibilities as a baroness. If the issue were her magic, Lady Barb wouldn't hesitate to make Emily practice and to punish her if she didn't, yet when the problem is her political/social power, Lady Barb feels entitled to stand back, watch her fail and scold her for it. No, Emily has not been adult in the way she approaches her barony, but then again, those who know how much help adjusting and learning Emily needs, and why, have not bothered to provide it for her, they have not identified her blind spots for themselves, nor have they made her take the opportunity to address them. Yes, she bears some blame here, but so do they and they seem happy to have her take the whole burden on herself. It's time for Nuttall to address this imbalance and do something about it. If Emily keeps to her pattern of allowing herself to make desperate decisions in the moment, something will eventually go so wrong that she won't be able to fix or ignore it. At that point, Lady Barb, the Grandmaster and Sergeant Miles all can stand around heaping blame on Emily's shoulders all they like, but their actions won't help their world either.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Per Gunnar

    This is another a very good book in the Schooled in Magic series although I have to say that I am somewhat concerned about the direction the stories in this universe seems to be going. I quite like this world and I would like to continue to read about Emily’s adventures in this magical world. I do not mind the archaic way the world is governed or the outdated way women sometimes are looked at. It is part of the charm of these book and it is fiction after all. Therefore I am not too happy reading This is another a very good book in the Schooled in Magic series although I have to say that I am somewhat concerned about the direction the stories in this universe seems to be going. I quite like this world and I would like to continue to read about Emily’s adventures in this magical world. I do not mind the archaic way the world is governed or the outdated way women sometimes are looked at. It is part of the charm of these book and it is fiction after all. Therefore I am not too happy reading about trends where magic appears to be replaced by science. I was even less happy when dissidents where introduced and Emily made references to Karl Marx. Please Mr. Nuttall, do not destroy this lovely magical world! Now when that is over with as I wrote above this is a very good book. Emily embarks on yet another learning experience and we see some interesting developments of her magical ideas. The base story for this book is not really about fighting magical monsters or necromancers but more of social interactions, family feuds and marriages which normally would put it outside of my comfort zone. However, once again Mr. Nuttall manages to not only keep my interest throughout the entire book but also to make me really like it. Emily’s friends are present of course as well as a few enemies. Of course Emily manages to make a few new ones along the way although some of the old ones might have turned from foe to friend. The new enemies are more than likely to have quite an impact on future books though. As usual it is a rocky road for Emily and she stumbles more than once, usually due to her naïve attitude to a great many things. I know that she is young but still, sometimes I wonder what she is thinking. She does manage to resolve her problems though although I am a bit irked by everyone telling her how stupid and reckless she has been and she just sucks it up. I think she did a pretty good job in the end and I quite liked the display of force she made. The last book ended in somewhat of a cliffhanger or at least a very intriguing mystery involving a hooded man. I had some hopes that this would be picked up on in this book but it appears that Mr. Nuttall decided to “suck on that piece of candy for a while longer” as is the saying is in Sweden. He also added another open thread at the end of this one. I would say that life is about to become even more complicated for Emily in the future. As usual I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abi

    Emily's mistakes are very frustrating for me as a reader. I feel like she's not really growing as a person. Also, I get a "tell" vibe not a "show" vibe from her emotions. That being said (for the whole series) I really loved this book's plot line but I feel like the books are being published faster than I can read them, which is annoying for obvious reasons. Edit: I'm rereading this book because of Caleb, whom I really like. :) Emily's mistakes are very frustrating for me as a reader. I feel like she's not really growing as a person. Also, I get a "tell" vibe not a "show" vibe from her emotions. That being said (for the whole series) I really loved this book's plot line but I feel like the books are being published faster than I can read them, which is annoying for obvious reasons. Edit: I'm rereading this book because of Caleb, whom I really like. :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kjirstin

    I was so pleased to see that this latest had been released! This is another "summer vacation" book after Emily's third year of magic school. This time she goes home to her castle to host the magical fair that she visited the summer before. And pretty much everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. I liked the idea of following a Romeo and Juliet romance from the outside, and considering all the implications of that romance as it would have affected the people who weren't the couple in the midd I was so pleased to see that this latest had been released! This is another "summer vacation" book after Emily's third year of magic school. This time she goes home to her castle to host the magical fair that she visited the summer before. And pretty much everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. I liked the idea of following a Romeo and Juliet romance from the outside, and considering all the implications of that romance as it would have affected the people who weren't the couple in the middle of it. And the idea of "Romeo as villain" captured my imagination for a bit as well (it was mentioned in the novel). Emily is still clueless and careless, but in this story, those particular character flaws end up causing her -- and the people around her -- a lot of trouble. She finally appears to grasp some of the nuances of who she needs to be, in order to effectively inhabit this world and use the power that she's been graced with, but the lessons do not come easily. I like that this story gives Emily a chance to learn and grow in character, but I do wish that it had been alluded to previously -- maybe a hint that she wasn't planning for the fair, or that someone thought she should be organizing for it -- because reading along, I had no idea that she'd been neglectful at all. (I would have liked to have worried about it for her at the end of the last book, for instance.) Anyhow, a fun story and I'm excited to see what happens next. "Trial by Fire" sounds ominous -- and exciting!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Henry Lazarus

    I found myself jumping in on Christopher Nuttall’s latest Schooled in Magic (ebook) tale, moving it to the top of the pile.. Emily was kidnaped from our world to the no-named lands by a necromancer looking for a child of destiny (Emily’s mother was named Destiny) and rescued by Void, a powerful mage, who sends her to Whitehall for training. In the previous book she finished her third year. She also, with the help of the industrious family of a friend, has been introducing Earth technology like t I found myself jumping in on Christopher Nuttall’s latest Schooled in Magic (ebook) tale, moving it to the top of the pile.. Emily was kidnaped from our world to the no-named lands by a necromancer looking for a child of destiny (Emily’s mother was named Destiny) and rescued by Void, a powerful mage, who sends her to Whitehall for training. In the previous book she finished her third year. She also, with the help of the industrious family of a friend, has been introducing Earth technology like the printing press, steam power, and dynamite to this world and it is making massive changes. She has neglected the Duchy of Cockatrice she was given because she saved the princess heir to the local kingdom and unfortunately agreed to host the Magical Faire this year, leaving her steward in charge. He invited all the magical families, including Ashworth and Ashfall, families who have been feuding for generations and who are never invited to the same event. It’s a case of Love's Labor's Won (ebook from Twilight Times Books) when the heir of one family falls for the heir of the other. Mr. Nuttall is very aware of Romeo and Juliet, so that a far better result occurs. The stage is set for the fourth year in which she has to work on a project with another student. I don’t know where this mixture of Connecticut Yankee and Harry Potter. Is going, but I’ve been enjoying the ride and glad that each book has a solid ending.Review printed by Philadelphia Weekly Press

  6. 4 out of 5

    william Goodrow

    Love's Labour's Won This is very good in the content of the storyline. Emily continues with trials and tribulations as she gets older and more aware of her duties and magical power. The next installment should be totally mind shattering. I can't wait! Love's Labour's Won This is very good in the content of the storyline. Emily continues with trials and tribulations as she gets older and more aware of her duties and magical power. The next installment should be totally mind shattering. I can't wait!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ben Premack

    A good read, but it doesn't hold a candle to the earlier books in the Schooled in Magic series and feels more like young adult fiction. A good read, but it doesn't hold a candle to the earlier books in the Schooled in Magic series and feels more like young adult fiction.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Megan G

    I'm settling into my acceptance of what these books are: quick, enjoyable reads with a main character who is brilliant but simultaneously very stupid. I am frustrated, yet entertained and enjoying myself. The part that I find most aggravating is the focus on the introduction of dangerous new technologies, something everyone in the story agrees and specifically states as being a no-good, bad, bad, terrible idea. Not just the guns, cannons, and explosives, but also the "Nuke" spell, a profoundly r I'm settling into my acceptance of what these books are: quick, enjoyable reads with a main character who is brilliant but simultaneously very stupid. I am frustrated, yet entertained and enjoying myself. The part that I find most aggravating is the focus on the introduction of dangerous new technologies, something everyone in the story agrees and specifically states as being a no-good, bad, bad, terrible idea. Not just the guns, cannons, and explosives, but also the "Nuke" spell, a profoundly rotten idea, in terms of introducing ideas to an already dangerous world. Emily's continued infantile blundering is so frustrating to sit behind and try to watch the story unfold. At least this book goes to the trouble of pointing it out at the end, and chiding her for her ignorance. I just hope she will LISTEN!!! In the past, she has not grown up from her experiences, even when they create disastrous consequences. The intermittent references to pop-culture are infrequent, though still eye-roll inducing. Perhaps I would prefer a straight-up fantasy, but these are good enough that I can't stop reading them. All my criticisms withstanding, I love the world-building enough to keep coming back. The spectacular set pieces at the end are worth coming back for (generally). This one was a good show of power with a weird, flop conclusion. The possibility of that outcome was so well addressed and talked over, it was kind of a let down when it just... did. No twist, no third choice, just... as predicted. I will still come back and read the next one. It's already on my Kindle.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Analiese

    Drinking game idea! Take a drink every time the author says "Emily sighed inwardly", "Emily groaned inwardly", "Emily frowned inwardly". Just kidding don't do that you will be dead by chapter three. I wanted to enjoy this series. The magic system is good enough, it is very clear how it works and what its limitations are, unlike other magical series where it is very vague. The plot is semi-interesting and I'm intrigued to know what happens next for the characters. Unfortunately I don't think I ca Drinking game idea! Take a drink every time the author says "Emily sighed inwardly", "Emily groaned inwardly", "Emily frowned inwardly". Just kidding don't do that you will be dead by chapter three. I wanted to enjoy this series. The magic system is good enough, it is very clear how it works and what its limitations are, unlike other magical series where it is very vague. The plot is semi-interesting and I'm intrigued to know what happens next for the characters. Unfortunately I don't think I can get past the book's repetitive writing. I understand a writing style which is clear and free of flowery descriptions especially when there is a difficult plot to follow however the plot isn't all the complicated- interesting but certainly not complicated. The author has a serious case of tell not show and I found myself constantly "groaning inwardly" at his basic and boring descriptions. I also struggle to like Emily as a person. She showed up in this world not too long ago and is enforcing her beliefs on a whole world and expecting them to keep up. She is taking ideas from Earth and I guess passing them off as her own. Her reasoning is that she is morally right and we have to hear it over and over again in repetitive conversations. Also why is everything her fault?? I wanted to give this book 2 stars however I have gotten this far in it because I liked the story. It has some good aspects but there are better things to read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Summer break! Oh, good. Time to go to the Faire. Oops! Emily had agreed to host the Faire at the Barony of Cockatrice but she had left ALL of the arrangements to her steward Bryon, who unfortunately did the minimum possible. Magicians from all over the Allied Lands sent in payments for stalls. Emily thought she knew something about the Faire, having attended it after her Second Year. The Faire at Cockatrice, she finds out, will be some two to three times larger (at least) and BOTH of the famou Summer break! Oh, good. Time to go to the Faire. Oops! Emily had agreed to host the Faire at the Barony of Cockatrice but she had left ALL of the arrangements to her steward Bryon, who unfortunately did the minimum possible. Magicians from all over the Allied Lands sent in payments for stalls. Emily thought she knew something about the Faire, having attended it after her Second Year. The Faire at Cockatrice, she finds out, will be some two to three times larger (at least) and BOTH of the famously feuding magical families the Ashworths and the Ashfells plan to attend. (Think the Hatfields and the McCoys but with magic! Yes, THAT type of bloodfeud!) She finds out, much too late, that the families are used to hosts throwing a die and then inviting EITHER one, but never BOTH, to a given event. Plus, Emily gets to the Faire and discovers that the planners had expected her to hire the extra security which would be needed whereas she had expected the planners to provide security as well as all of the other expected details. Emily can't send half (or more) of the planned attendees home without grievous insult PLUS she would have to refund their stall fees (and who knows what else). Oh, well. It's not like Emily has had a quiet summer since she came to the Nameless World anyway!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Before I have my moan, I have to sway I really enjoyed this book, which was both exciting and interesting. I do continue to have problems with what I presume to be the author's views on political systems. We may no longer kneel or bow, but in many jobs, the boss might as well be an aristocrat, and as we are seeing from the "Me too" send other campaigns, bosses or others in authority like priests, have been demanding and taking sexual favours for a very long time. As for democracy, I don't believe Before I have my moan, I have to sway I really enjoyed this book, which was both exciting and interesting. I do continue to have problems with what I presume to be the author's views on political systems. We may no longer kneel or bow, but in many jobs, the boss might as well be an aristocrat, and as we are seeing from the "Me too" send other campaigns, bosses or others in authority like priests, have been demanding and taking sexual favours for a very long time. As for democracy, I don't believe it has ever existed. The inventors, the Ancient Greeks, certainly confined it to male citizens only - wives, sisters, daughters, slaves and foreigners had no say. In our current representative democracy, we seem to be governed by vested interests: coal mine owners, the NRA, or here in Australia the owners of gambling establishments. At least, most countries that still have a monarchy have got their monarch firmly under control, so we can only wonder how awful it must be to live under a truly powerful leader as in the US, Russia or China.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    How and why is everything her fault? I'm not Emily's fan however I love the series and even so I found int unfair that shes attacked every turn. Like I said I love the series but two thing that drives me crazy are: 1. Calling grown ass men and women, boys and girls. 2. All the times Emily and envy are in the same sentence. Another thing, I hate Master Grey he is annoying. not my favorite book from the series but always a good read. How and why is everything her fault? I'm not Emily's fan however I love the series and even so I found int unfair that shes attacked every turn. Like I said I love the series but two thing that drives me crazy are: 1. Calling grown ass men and women, boys and girls. 2. All the times Emily and envy are in the same sentence. Another thing, I hate Master Grey he is annoying. not my favorite book from the series but always a good read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    There weren't many actions in this book, I was actually expecting some epic battle but I guess I need to see if I can get any in the next book... I really like that Emily's starting to show more and more of her power and capabilities, I think it's necessary for her to show off a little... you know, although her reputations are so great without proof it's hard to believe one's reputations sometimes... PS: I wish for some romance for Emily, but I really hope it's not with Caleb... There weren't many actions in this book, I was actually expecting some epic battle but I guess I need to see if I can get any in the next book... I really like that Emily's starting to show more and more of her power and capabilities, I think it's necessary for her to show off a little... you know, although her reputations are so great without proof it's hard to believe one's reputations sometimes... PS: I wish for some romance for Emily, but I really hope it's not with Caleb...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jay Collins

    This one could be 3 -3.5 stars, Maybe fewer ideas from others in this one but maybe it is me and I am not looking for them anymore or just failed to notice them as much. I do like when a person takes over a kingdom and tries to rule it, changes laws and sees the consequences. I always like those types of scenarios in books. I will continue with the series as I still like it even with all of its problems.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hollyberye

    This is far and away my favorite of the "summer break" books, thus far. Superbly plotted, and very engaging or at least engrossing characters. I was annoyed with Emily a couple times, especially her reaction to one of the matches in the book, but at least she is a unique/distinctive character. I'm impressed with the author and the series. Really can't stop reading :). This is far and away my favorite of the "summer break" books, thus far. Superbly plotted, and very engaging or at least engrossing characters. I was annoyed with Emily a couple times, especially her reaction to one of the matches in the book, but at least she is a unique/distinctive character. I'm impressed with the author and the series. Really can't stop reading :).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Smith

    Excellent series! Schooled in Magic is an excellent example of really good 👍writing. This author, Christopher Burrell is on my top ten list! I hope you enjoy this author's work as much as I have. One of my pet peeves is bad grammar, the other is misspelled or using the wrong word in a sentence. You will not find that in this series. Excellent series! Schooled in Magic is an excellent example of really good 👍writing. This author, Christopher Burrell is on my top ten list! I hope you enjoy this author's work as much as I have. One of my pet peeves is bad grammar, the other is misspelled or using the wrong word in a sentence. You will not find that in this series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ruby Ridge

    This book is the poorest to date - and it really says something of the series that even the weakest is worthy of 4 stars. Ain't much happening until the end. Didn't really like Caleb and hope he is not going to become a regular feature - don't spoil the series with an unnecessary romance. Looking forward to reading the next in the hope that the pace stars picking up again. This book is the poorest to date - and it really says something of the series that even the weakest is worthy of 4 stars. Ain't much happening until the end. Didn't really like Caleb and hope he is not going to become a regular feature - don't spoil the series with an unnecessary romance. Looking forward to reading the next in the hope that the pace stars picking up again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wolkenfels

    gragl Romeo and Julia was never on my favorite story list -and actually that is the part i dislike the most on this book. On the other hand there is a lot of intrigue, plot and new different people. The series really founds its own style.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christian Jeffress

    Good read Another fun addition to the series that I thoroughly enjoyed. Emily went through her own struggles and pitfalls, but since she is lacking proper guidance at times, I think she did the best she could. Looking forward to the next book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Galen

    Solid fun plot Interesting retelling of Romeo and Juliet, with better a situation more relatable to most modern day audiences. Doesn't tie up any loose ends, though, and a bit too much angst from the main character Solid fun plot Interesting retelling of Romeo and Juliet, with better a situation more relatable to most modern day audiences. Doesn't tie up any loose ends, though, and a bit too much angst from the main character

  21. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Murphy

    Enjoyable Poor Emily. The harder she tries to make things better, the more things go awry. Continuing to be an interesting series. Everyone continues to grow and mature in believable fashion.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shereen Lang

    I did really enjoy this book. There were a few points about it that didn't flow as well, mostly the parts involving Lady Barb and Master Grey. Other than that, it was pretty entertaining. I did really enjoy this book. There were a few points about it that didn't flow as well, mostly the parts involving Lady Barb and Master Grey. Other than that, it was pretty entertaining.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ronny

    Nice read, much like the previous ones, a bit on the nose at times (also surprised she didn't take the whitehall heart warning from the previous book more to heart) Nice read, much like the previous ones, a bit on the nose at times (also surprised she didn't take the whitehall heart warning from the previous book more to heart)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rosina Rushen

    Great continuation Great book to continue the story. With a lot of unexpected twists. I really can't wait to read the next book. Great continuation Great book to continue the story. With a lot of unexpected twists. I really can't wait to read the next book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    A different kind of tension than a quest, and very well handled.

  26. 5 out of 5

    David Murray

    When you haven't grown up with magic the the social rules you're bound to make mistakes When you haven't grown up with magic the the social rules you're bound to make mistakes

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dan Melson

    All of a sudden writer's monomania. SPends the whole novel writing about various romantic entanglements. All of a sudden writer's monomania. SPends the whole novel writing about various romantic entanglements.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rick Stuckwisch

    I enjoyed the book well enough, but I have to say that I was frankly disappointed in it. Although it does fit in with the rest of the series, which I have grown to enjoy very much, it didn't really move things forward very much. There wasn't really sufficient literary tension to sustain a full book, and it ended up feeling more like a stop-gap between things, or as setup and staging for the next installment. The characters remain interesting and compelling, but they simply didn't do a whole lot I enjoyed the book well enough, but I have to say that I was frankly disappointed in it. Although it does fit in with the rest of the series, which I have grown to enjoy very much, it didn't really move things forward very much. There wasn't really sufficient literary tension to sustain a full book, and it ended up feeling more like a stop-gap between things, or as setup and staging for the next installment. The characters remain interesting and compelling, but they simply didn't do a whole lot or grow very much in this case. The plot and storyline were thin, especially as compared to the previous three books in the series, and the feeling I got was that it had to be stretched and contrived in order to make it long enough. Various aspects seemed overdone, more blustering than substantial interaction. On the other hand, the several threads of plot were finally resolved in a rather abrupt manner, so that, in retrospect, it amounted to much ado about nothing. I enjoy Christopher Nuttall's intelligent world building and character development, and I admire and appreciate his significant imagination and creativity. Those skills were still on display, but not as consistently as I have come to expect in the course of this series. I hope that's a glitch, and I suspect it is. I'm certainly looking forward to the next installment, so he hasn't lost my interest; I hope it will not be too long a wait. I will add, however, that I did not care for the casual and condoning attitude toward fornication in the book. There was nothing lewd, graphic, or explicit, but simply a matter-of-fact acceptance of sexual relationships outside of marriage. I understand, of course, that this is the world's very common attitude, but it isn't right, and I don't care for it or approve of it. I'm grateful that the main character, at least, has not actually participated in any such behavior. Probably my favorite new development in the book was the introduction of a compelling new character, Caleb, and I do have high hopes for his future involvement in the ongoing storyline. I expect the next book will be stronger again.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Macmartin

    Some observations and distractions as I read: Chapter 2: nice reference to a quote in a previous book. Chapter 4: continuity error? Didn't Frieda drink wine in the previous book? Lady Barb had told her they'd be going through a portal: yes, she already knew this and so did we. Ok, Lady Barb has a watch too. And there was reference to a clock. I was wondering about those. Chapter 10: I think he learned the word gimlet last book. Done. Another good read. Some more look at the world and of a teenager from Some observations and distractions as I read: Chapter 2: nice reference to a quote in a previous book. Chapter 4: continuity error? Didn't Frieda drink wine in the previous book? Lady Barb had told her they'd be going through a portal: yes, she already knew this and so did we. Ok, Lady Barb has a watch too. And there was reference to a clock. I was wondering about those. Chapter 10: I think he learned the word gimlet last book. Done. Another good read. Some more look at the world and of a teenager from this world trying to grow up in theirs. Intrigued by Romeo and Juliette: maybe I'd actually like that play now (I'm currently reading the blurb at the end of the book on this). The biggest driver for me through the book was: what spell? Turned out to be a much better choice than I would have made. So, fun, compelling, but less compelling than the previous books. But this is the first one that had a YA vibe for me. Puts this at my rating for a typical fun beach read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Halseth

    I did really enjoy this book. There were a few points about it that didn't flow as well, mostly the parts involving Lady Barb and Master Grey. Other than that, it was pretty entertaining. The only real negative thing I have to say isn't about the so much as it is about the afterward, where the author discusses how he was taught Romeo and Juliet in school. He seems to assume we were all taught the way that he was but it appears that he was taught very differently from my own experience. He seems t I did really enjoy this book. There were a few points about it that didn't flow as well, mostly the parts involving Lady Barb and Master Grey. Other than that, it was pretty entertaining. The only real negative thing I have to say isn't about the so much as it is about the afterward, where the author discusses how he was taught Romeo and Juliet in school. He seems to assume we were all taught the way that he was but it appears that he was taught very differently from my own experience. He seems to thing people always view Romeo and Juliet as if they were adults. But I think that is incorrect. Skip the afterward and enjoy the story without his diatribe on on the story and his understanding of it.

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