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Their past is not what they think it is... Thrown back in time after the spells binding Whitehall School together nearly collapsed, Emily finds herself in the days of Lord Whitehall. But everything she knows about the past is a lie. The Whitehall Commune is in hiding from a great and terrible foe, while some of the legendary founders bicker like children and others call o Their past is not what they think it is... Thrown back in time after the spells binding Whitehall School together nearly collapsed, Emily finds herself in the days of Lord Whitehall. But everything she knows about the past is a lie. The Whitehall Commune is in hiding from a great and terrible foe, while some of the legendary founders bicker like children and others call on deadly and untrustworthy entities with agendas of their own. Desperately seeking a way back to her own time, her mere presence a boon and a curse to established history, Emily is drawn into a conflict against both rogue wizards and a mysterious force intent on exterminating all magicians before the future school can take shape. But as deadly powers converge on the castle, her time is running out... ...And, deep beneath Old Whitehall, something dark and dangerous is about to be born. Note: Discounted for a limited time as consideration for those readers who have been patiently awaiting publication of this book.


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Their past is not what they think it is... Thrown back in time after the spells binding Whitehall School together nearly collapsed, Emily finds herself in the days of Lord Whitehall. But everything she knows about the past is a lie. The Whitehall Commune is in hiding from a great and terrible foe, while some of the legendary founders bicker like children and others call o Their past is not what they think it is... Thrown back in time after the spells binding Whitehall School together nearly collapsed, Emily finds herself in the days of Lord Whitehall. But everything she knows about the past is a lie. The Whitehall Commune is in hiding from a great and terrible foe, while some of the legendary founders bicker like children and others call on deadly and untrustworthy entities with agendas of their own. Desperately seeking a way back to her own time, her mere presence a boon and a curse to established history, Emily is drawn into a conflict against both rogue wizards and a mysterious force intent on exterminating all magicians before the future school can take shape. But as deadly powers converge on the castle, her time is running out... ...And, deep beneath Old Whitehall, something dark and dangerous is about to be born. Note: Discounted for a limited time as consideration for those readers who have been patiently awaiting publication of this book.

30 review for Past Tense

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cassie James

    After reading this book, all I could say was WOW!!!. This is definitely the most entrancing book in the series, every book in this series just keeps surpassing its predecessor. The storyline of Emily being in the past was written carefully and so well constructed that I was fully immersed in it. The thing about Christopher Nuttall's books is that from the very first pages, it grabs your attention unwilling to let go and this book is no different. Things I loved about Past Tense. - Time Travel. It After reading this book, all I could say was WOW!!!. This is definitely the most entrancing book in the series, every book in this series just keeps surpassing its predecessor. The storyline of Emily being in the past was written carefully and so well constructed that I was fully immersed in it. The thing about Christopher Nuttall's books is that from the very first pages, it grabs your attention unwilling to let go and this book is no different. Things I loved about Past Tense. - Time Travel. It was very entertaining to read the well weaved plot, It was pulled off perfectly with every single detail in place. - Magic. As usual I thoroughly enjoyed the vivid description of magic in this book, I could clearly have a picture of every magical act performed in my mind. - The Writing. I am always amazed by the way Christopher Nuttall's books capture my attention. I always find myself unable to do anything else but read his book until the very end and that is exactly what happened again. - Action and Adventure. This book is an endless entertaining ride of adventure and non stop action with a little bit of mystery. Without spoiling it, I assure that Emily has some adventures that are quite interesting. - Monsters. YES!!! I especially love this series because of the monsters in it and Past Tense doesn't fail to deliver. From weird magic sucking spider thingies to equally weird demons this makes me really obsessed with this book. - Everything Else. Every single word, detail and simply everything else in this book makes it an awesome ride. If you haven't got this series, I am advising you to jump on the wagon.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Per Gunnar

    I was actually somewhat hesitant concerning this book. I generally despise time travel in books, movies and TV-shows. It generally ruins the story and worse, is often used as a shortcut to cover up holes in the story. I am happy to write that I was totally wrong. This book is definitely one of the rare books that I rate at 10 out of 10 stars. As was hinted already in the cliffhanger at the end of the previous book Emily has, somehow, been transported back in time to the age of Lord Whitehall hims I was actually somewhat hesitant concerning this book. I generally despise time travel in books, movies and TV-shows. It generally ruins the story and worse, is often used as a shortcut to cover up holes in the story. I am happy to write that I was totally wrong. This book is definitely one of the rare books that I rate at 10 out of 10 stars. As was hinted already in the cliffhanger at the end of the previous book Emily has, somehow, been transported back in time to the age of Lord Whitehall himself. As I wrote above I am wary of time travel but in this book it was really a genial move. It allowed the author to create a new fresh environment for the story and yet keep some of familiar surroundings. Emily is still at Whitehall even though it is not, yet, a school. At the beginning of the book Emily has no idea what world changing events she is about to bring about. There are plenty of elements in the story that took me quite buy surprise although once the path had been set (and having read the previous book) the ending was somewhat less of a surprise. I really liked that the book felt “new” in that Emily had to again explore a new environment that was much different from the Whitehall she knew. As an additional little twist the magicians in this time are vastly powerful just like the rumors told but she also discovers that they are equally vastly unskilled in that they lack the technique and vaste their magic using brute force instead of skill. Something that gives Emily the upper hand on most occasions. Naturally she manages to get herself into more than a few troublesome spots despite this. As usual the writing, the characters and the story that Mr. Nuttall put together was very, very good. I have to confess that I read the entire book in one day since I simply could not put it down. Something that wrecked havoc with my original plans to do some cleaning and other work in my apartment. Well…c’est la vie!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Iori

    Mister Nuttall, this is one of the best book you wrote. The events in book 10 seamlessly click with those of book 9. Emily, I can feel she truly grown up in what happened. Now I hope nothing is gonna bite her in the ass, the cliffhanger kinda make want to hate you though. I need my next fix, damn.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Douglas

    The best of the "Schooled in Magic" series yet, in my opinion. I will admit I am a sucker for time-travel books, and Emily's ability to think through the implications of her fall into the distant past, and to work out the clues she has as to how to regain her own time is, frankly, a relief. I thought Emily's behaviour was more consistent in this book than in some of the others (sometimes I have felt she veered wildly between heedlessness and over-caution, and also sometimes she seems scarily str The best of the "Schooled in Magic" series yet, in my opinion. I will admit I am a sucker for time-travel books, and Emily's ability to think through the implications of her fall into the distant past, and to work out the clues she has as to how to regain her own time is, frankly, a relief. I thought Emily's behaviour was more consistent in this book than in some of the others (sometimes I have felt she veered wildly between heedlessness and over-caution, and also sometimes she seems scarily strong while at others she seems surprisingly weak ... but I didn't feel that way in this volume.) I would recommend that any reader at least start with the book just before this one (Infinite Regress), and for preference begin at the beginning of the whole series. All the same, I would recommend this book, and this series. On the whole, they are most enjoyable, and raise many intriguing questions (just what does happen when different systems of knowledge collide?)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Charles van Buren

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Which came first?, August 7, 2016 Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Past Tense (Schooled in Magic Book 10) (Kindle Edition) This volume concludes the story which began in book 9. We see more detail of how Emily saved Whitehaven. There are two Emily's. A present Emily and a past/future Emily. The story is told from the viewpoint of the time traveling Emily who helps Lord Whitehaven defeat the demon masters and establish the school. Throughout she worries about what is and is not m Which came first?, August 7, 2016 Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Past Tense (Schooled in Magic Book 10) (Kindle Edition) This volume concludes the story which began in book 9. We see more detail of how Emily saved Whitehaven. There are two Emily's. A present Emily and a past/future Emily. The story is told from the viewpoint of the time traveling Emily who helps Lord Whitehaven defeat the demon masters and establish the school. Throughout she worries about what is and is not meant to happen. No word on who or what means things to happen or not happen. Mr. Nuttall's handling of religion in this series continues to be weak. Even so, his exploration of time travel conundrums is entertaining. If you are one who wants a series to eventually end, this volume is a good conclusion to the previous 9 books even if Nuttall writes more.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy Stoll

    My favorite book so far in this series! The step-into-the-past-and-back-to-the-future details made my head spin. In a good way. I really enjoyed the author's view of how magic had evolved in the Nameless World from the time of Whitehall until present day. So fun! My favorite book so far in this series! The step-into-the-past-and-back-to-the-future details made my head spin. In a good way. I really enjoyed the author's view of how magic had evolved in the Nameless World from the time of Whitehall until present day. So fun!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    In Book Ten Past Tense, Emily suddenly finds herself thrown one thousand years into the Nameless World's past and given a front-row view to Whitehall's founding! Dr. Locke would be so jealous! Emily arrives just as Lord Whitehall and his friends are first attempting to tame Whitehall's nexus point. Emily finds that in Lord Whitehall's time women were not only not taught magic but it was widely believed that magic is a curse for women, leaving them unable to bear children. Emily also finds that Lo In Book Ten Past Tense, Emily suddenly finds herself thrown one thousand years into the Nameless World's past and given a front-row view to Whitehall's founding! Dr. Locke would be so jealous! Emily arrives just as Lord Whitehall and his friends are first attempting to tame Whitehall's nexus point. Emily finds that in Lord Whitehall's time women were not only not taught magic but it was widely believed that magic is a curse for women, leaving them unable to bear children. Emily also finds that Lord Whitehall and his contemporaries have a much more brute force approach to magic, rather than the "use only as much magic as you really need" attitude regarding spells in Emily's own time. Needless to say, Lord Whitehall and his friends were not prepared to meet a Whitehall Fifth Year sorceress-in-training, whose magical skills Emily desperately tries to downplay or hide because her training had been so advanced compared to the training available in the past! Emily's chief problem, of course, is she's stranded 1,000 years in the past without a return ticket to her own time unless, of course, she can come up with one on her own! Even worse, she knows she knows that she dare not damage the timeline. Was she supposed to be here? What if she DID get back and the world she knew (with Caleb and her other friends) was no longer there? Emily had read a number of Whitehall history books during her years at Whitehall. Unfortunately, she's meeting people not included in the official histories or people barely mentioned. She is aware, of course, of her reputation as the Necromancer's Bane and how many tales about her were wildly inaccurate or had only a few crumbs of truth to them. Another highly satisfying Schooled in Magic series read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shereen Lang

    The best of the "Schooled in Magic" series yet, in my opinion. I will admit I am a sucker for time-travel books, and Emily's ability to think through the implications of her fall into the distant past, and to work out the clues she has as to how to regain her own time is, frankly, a relief. I thought Emily's behaviour was more consistent in this book than in some of the others (sometimes I have felt she veered wildly between heedlessness and over-caution, and also sometimes she seems scarily str The best of the "Schooled in Magic" series yet, in my opinion. I will admit I am a sucker for time-travel books, and Emily's ability to think through the implications of her fall into the distant past, and to work out the clues she has as to how to regain her own time is, frankly, a relief. I thought Emily's behaviour was more consistent in this book than in some of the others (sometimes I have felt she veered wildly between heedlessness and over-caution, and also sometimes she seems scarily strong while at others she seems surprisingly weak ... but I didn't feel that way in this volume.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jay Collins

    Okay, so this is the first book that I am okay with giving a 4-star rating. I did not find any real plagiarism from other books or at least nothing out of the ordinary. I did/do like this series but have some major hang-ups on the taking of others ideas and writing them in your own book as if they are your own. With that said I can't help but like the story and the characters and will more than likely finish this series. Okay, so this is the first book that I am okay with giving a 4-star rating. I did not find any real plagiarism from other books or at least nothing out of the ordinary. I did/do like this series but have some major hang-ups on the taking of others ideas and writing them in your own book as if they are your own. With that said I can't help but like the story and the characters and will more than likely finish this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Macmartin

    Stock time travel where past and future depends on the observer. What makes this book charming is the difference between the romanticized history vs. the fact. So many fantasy novels have the overpowered characters in the past when magic was at its peak. The assumption that the past was overpowered is neatly shattered.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rodger Nelson

    Now this book explains a few things and gives you reasons for some of the things that happened to Emily in previous books. Sure does explain a thing of too. Was not expecting that ending though. So there has only ever been 1 mimic. No wonder it always looked at Emily with hate.. For its first victim to be that guy is a surprise but at least he didn't live long. Now this book explains a few things and gives you reasons for some of the things that happened to Emily in previous books. Sure does explain a thing of too. Was not expecting that ending though. So there has only ever been 1 mimic. No wonder it always looked at Emily with hate.. For its first victim to be that guy is a surprise but at least he didn't live long.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    This book expands the lore of the history of the Nameless World a great deal. It still leaves a lot of questions unanswered and kind of introduces new questions, but that's all part of the journey. It's another great read by Nuttall. This book expands the lore of the history of the Nameless World a great deal. It still leaves a lot of questions unanswered and kind of introduces new questions, but that's all part of the journey. It's another great read by Nuttall.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ruby Ridge

    Christopher Nuttall's books are really helping me meet my Goodread's reading challenge target - I just can't put them down. Normally I will not pick up a time travel book but as I am loving this series I made an exception and I am glad I did. Loved the book and love the series - on to the net Christopher Nuttall's books are really helping me meet my Goodread's reading challenge target - I just can't put them down. Normally I will not pick up a time travel book but as I am loving this series I made an exception and I am glad I did. Loved the book and love the series - on to the net

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ronny

    Enjoyable book, turned out some of my predictions were quite off the mark, and some less so. I'm impressed with the speed this guy is writing, which is always nice with series you enjoy Enjoyable book, turned out some of my predictions were quite off the mark, and some less so. I'm impressed with the speed this guy is writing, which is always nice with series you enjoy

  15. 4 out of 5

    A M Steinbeck

    Carry on writing Well written. Characters likeable and interesting. Story line great. Please continue writing ,I'll continue reading. Emily is a great character. Carry on writing Well written. Characters likeable and interesting. Story line great. Please continue writing ,I'll continue reading. Emily is a great character.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Another great book Well thought out and keeps you interested in our heroine - and looking forward to the next book in the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hollyberye

    Another well-done entry in this highly absorbing series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rosina Rushen

    What! This series is getting better and better, i just couldn't put this one down, just hope that it continues forever. What! This series is getting better and better, i just couldn't put this one down, just hope that it continues forever.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Intricate and interesting.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Davis Emmanuel

    And this is the book where this series become one of my all time favorite.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    The absolute best book of the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christian Jeffress

    Fun read This was definitely another great addition to the series that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am looking forward to book 11.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    One of the best time travel stories I've read. One of the best time travel stories I've read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Well written, good character interactions, and an interesting plot premise.

  25. 5 out of 5

    David Murray

    Who needs a TARDIS to time travel, not Emily. This book sets a few nuggets in place that I ca see coming to haunt Emily in future books, I can't wait. Another great read. Who needs a TARDIS to time travel, not Emily. This book sets a few nuggets in place that I ca see coming to haunt Emily in future books, I can't wait. Another great read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lyssa Sue Shaffer

    Much better Ahh, that is more like it. While I still dislike the previous cliffhanger for the way it was draped, this volume tidies up nicely. Most time travel irritates me greatly. But the author did an excellent job of smoothing away the itchy bits. The differing viewpoints of the eras was fun. The paradoxes were dealt with and emotional growth occurred. The hooks were deftly placed to encourage the purchase of the next volume. I bought it, grin. I appreciate the post story explanations. Thank yo Much better Ahh, that is more like it. While I still dislike the previous cliffhanger for the way it was draped, this volume tidies up nicely. Most time travel irritates me greatly. But the author did an excellent job of smoothing away the itchy bits. The differing viewpoints of the eras was fun. The paradoxes were dealt with and emotional growth occurred. The hooks were deftly placed to encourage the purchase of the next volume. I bought it, grin. I appreciate the post story explanations. Thank you.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Justin Lambert

    Best Story of the buch I almost didn't purchase Book 10, but I saw 9, 10 and 11 at the same time and i thought why not a little tangent into the nameless world.... so I just finished 9 & 10 the past couple of days and I must say I was very impressed with "Past Tense" I think it was the most captivating of the series. I am certainly looking forward to next and I am looking forward to number twelve. Best Story of the buch I almost didn't purchase Book 10, but I saw 9, 10 and 11 at the same time and i thought why not a little tangent into the nameless world.... so I just finished 9 & 10 the past couple of days and I must say I was very impressed with "Past Tense" I think it was the most captivating of the series. I am certainly looking forward to next and I am looking forward to number twelve.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I appear to be at odds with the rest of the reviewers but I found the start of this book very odd. I don’t understand why Emily is so subservient; she is far more skilled, intelligent and knowledgeable than any of the original Whitehall commune. She immediately put herself in their power even though she was the one that saved everybody’s life. She then tells Lord Whitehall she has only studied Magic for 3 years, she works hard at producing poor spells. Why? She knows how male magicians can be ab I appear to be at odds with the rest of the reviewers but I found the start of this book very odd. I don’t understand why Emily is so subservient; she is far more skilled, intelligent and knowledgeable than any of the original Whitehall commune. She immediately put herself in their power even though she was the one that saved everybody’s life. She then tells Lord Whitehall she has only studied Magic for 3 years, she works hard at producing poor spells. Why? She knows how male magicians can be abusive when they think they have somebody under their thumb? I found this frustrating and a bit boring to read. It was a third of the way into the book before Emily started to show a bit of backbone but even then the author is playing games with her skill and power levels, she is far more capable them he is making her in this book. In previous books she has had ‘power to burn’. On several occasions she has to purposely dissipate excess raw magic, as she was producing so much. I find it annoying when the author isn’t consistent from one book to another. The only good thing about this book is the way it links into the previous book and explains some of the early history of Whitehall.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jason Hubbard

    I remember seeing one review for "Past Tense" that claimed that Emily became the Grandmaster of Whitehall in the past, but that doesn't happen. Maybe the reviewer jumped the gun and wrote a positive review before even reading? After the underwhelming "Infinite Regress," "Past Tense" is more successful in creating drama and suspense as we explore the founding the Whitehall magic school which readers have (potentially) been reading about for many installments. There are a few surprises, such as wit I remember seeing one review for "Past Tense" that claimed that Emily became the Grandmaster of Whitehall in the past, but that doesn't happen. Maybe the reviewer jumped the gun and wrote a positive review before even reading? After the underwhelming "Infinite Regress," "Past Tense" is more successful in creating drama and suspense as we explore the founding the Whitehall magic school which readers have (potentially) been reading about for many installments. There are a few surprises, such as with the statue (of which I had the wrong assumption of), but certain characters become bad guys to the surprise of no one. Still, it's interesting to see how assumptions made in "Infinite Regress" are bowled over in "Past Tense," and even though our main character, Emily, still comes across as super-competent, she at least she doesn't become the Master of the Universe or something like that.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susie Pyle

    Schooled in Magic Emily Rules! If you enjoyed Harry Potter then dive right into this series! I have enjoyed every book and watching Emily grow into her potential. This author has the ability to draw you into Emily’s world and entertain you with a great cast of characters. Emily is struggling to fit into a world that she loves but doesn’t really understand. Her magical powers are incredibly strong which is a blessing and a curse. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and it often gets her into Schooled in Magic Emily Rules! If you enjoyed Harry Potter then dive right into this series! I have enjoyed every book and watching Emily grow into her potential. This author has the ability to draw you into Emily’s world and entertain you with a great cast of characters. Emily is struggling to fit into a world that she loves but doesn’t really understand. Her magical powers are incredibly strong which is a blessing and a curse. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and it often gets her into big trouble—and the author makes sure to keep you turning pages to the end of every book! Best to start these books when you have plenty of time to read!!

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