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Have you ever wanted to go to magic school? To cast spells and brew potions and fly on broomsticks and--perhaps--battle threats both common and supernatural? Come with us into worlds of magic, where students become magicians and teachers do everything in their power to ensure the kids survive long enough to graduate. Welcome to ... Fantastic Schools. Follow a girl trying de Have you ever wanted to go to magic school? To cast spells and brew potions and fly on broomsticks and--perhaps--battle threats both common and supernatural? Come with us into worlds of magic, where students become magicians and teachers do everything in their power to ensure the kids survive long enough to graduate. Welcome to ... Fantastic Schools. Follow a girl trying desperately to find her place in a school of dark magic, a band of witches desperate to prove they can be as good as the wizards, a school of magical monsters standing between the evil one and ultimate power, a businesswoman discovering the secrets of darkest evil ... and what happens when a magical education goes badly wrong. Follow us into worlds different, magical ... ... And very human.


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Have you ever wanted to go to magic school? To cast spells and brew potions and fly on broomsticks and--perhaps--battle threats both common and supernatural? Come with us into worlds of magic, where students become magicians and teachers do everything in their power to ensure the kids survive long enough to graduate. Welcome to ... Fantastic Schools. Follow a girl trying de Have you ever wanted to go to magic school? To cast spells and brew potions and fly on broomsticks and--perhaps--battle threats both common and supernatural? Come with us into worlds of magic, where students become magicians and teachers do everything in their power to ensure the kids survive long enough to graduate. Welcome to ... Fantastic Schools. Follow a girl trying desperately to find her place in a school of dark magic, a band of witches desperate to prove they can be as good as the wizards, a school of magical monsters standing between the evil one and ultimate power, a businesswoman discovering the secrets of darkest evil ... and what happens when a magical education goes badly wrong. Follow us into worlds different, magical ... ... And very human.

30 review for Fantastic Schools: Volume One

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pat Patterson

    Find a bit more introductory material , at my blog I hate to use the word "charming" when speaking of magic, but some of these stories were just that. “A Note From The Editor,” Christopher G. Nuttall. Oh, hurrah, hurrah! Some things truly needed to be pointed out explicitly, particularly for those who think everything worthy was invented this morning around half-past ten. Discover these for yourself, but I must cheer the point that there is an extreme pathology of boarding schools that has NOTHI Find a bit more introductory material , at my blog I hate to use the word "charming" when speaking of magic, but some of these stories were just that. “A Note From The Editor,” Christopher G. Nuttall. Oh, hurrah, hurrah! Some things truly needed to be pointed out explicitly, particularly for those who think everything worthy was invented this morning around half-past ten. Discover these for yourself, but I must cheer the point that there is an extreme pathology of boarding schools that has NOTHING to do with magic. “Little Witches” by Mel Lee Newmin. Anyone who has ever been affiliated with an educational institution knows the EXTREME importance of The Budget, and schools which are not supported by the state often must close their doors. Institutions of magic are not excepted. Loved it (but romance doesn't happen that fast). “Path of the Phoenix” by Emily Martha Sorensen. I have heard that in some matters, if you aren’t cheating, you don’t deserve to win. I can’t testify to the truth of that statement, and whether or not Rulisa, our protagonist, deserves to win is up for discussion. However, she DID know what she was doing when she accepted enrollment in a school consequences are...intense. “A Firm Hand” by Aaron Van Treeck. Some schools welcome you with a reception, including food and handshakes. Not THIS school. Clearly, their school is modeled on basic training/boot camp for a uniformed service. As a graduate of D-7-2 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, I can say that the only significant inaccuracy is that harsh treatment at this magic school actually has a training goal in mind. “Asymptote at Three O’Clock” by Steven G. Johnson. For anyone who has EVER watched the clock, longing for release, this story will take that experience, and add another dimension. You see, time really does go slower, but not for the reason you think. “Practical Exercise” by George Phillies. I have found that education is a great leveler of differences. Well, that’s the way it appears, at least; those who maintain a fiction that their differences matter more, somehow manage to linger on for quite some time. A punch in the snoot would have done them some good, in their earlier years. “The Ascendant Cup” by Thomas K. Carpenter. High-stakes testing is something that seems to bother adults and educators more than it bothers students, at least initially. Perhaps that is because they don’t recognize just how high the stakes are. This test: it can kill you. Our protagonist knows this, but sometimes the win IS worth the risk. “Doom Garden” by Benjamin Wheeler. Warren G. Harding was a wizard. The gardener has a shotgun that never runs out of ammo. And both of those things are needed, because all gardens are not alike. I loved this one, particularly the fact that the point of view character is a......Methodist? No, that's not right... “Crucible” by Frank B. Luke. This is an intriguing world, in which those who work magic come in three flavors: Good, Neutral, and Evil. It’s not QUITE an accurate set of descriptors, though. The subtle differences matter, because this test can be lethal. “The Last Academy” by G. Scott Huggins. In the world of the mundanes, there is a huge drop-off between the number of people who enroll in the fall, and the number who eventually graduate. Why shouldn’t this be true with schools of magic as well? But, where would the drop-outs go? And what CONCEIVABLE use could they be? “Finals” by Bernadette Durbin. The only people who like finals are those who have over-prepared, and a few instructors who are looking for a break from classes. Even those don’t want the routine to be disturbed. But sometimes, outside events trump academics. “Metamorphosis” by Roger D. Strahan. Listen: just because your parents are monsters, and school is awful, that doesn’t mean that you get to go another way. That NEVER happens! Well, hardly ever. It would take a miracle. “How To Get Into Magic School” by Erin N.H. Furby. I spent 7+ years working in college admissions. I only was threatened a few times. But then, magic wasn’t a factor. This lad is a recruiter for a scholarship program. I think he needs to seek additional reimbursement. “Deep School Tuition” by Denton Salle. Private school tuition is outrageously high, but there ARE those who can afford it. Even so, defaulting on loans is a really bad idea. So: make SURE you understand the terms of the contract before you sign it. And if they want you to sign it in blood? Should be a clue. “Gennady’s Tale” by Christopher G. Nuttall. It’s rather an old tale: the fresh-faced idealist who toddles of to college, and returns as an obnoxious know-it-all. The rules at college are just DIFFERENT than the rules at home; everybody changes, one way or another.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tamara Wilhite

    What is it like to attend a magical school? A dozen authors provide their own take on the subject, and most of them do amazingly well. Then again, contributors like Chris Nuttall and Emily Martha Sorensen have written entire series of books centered around magical schools, though none of them are as famous as "Harry Potter". And no, not everyone is trying to rip off the Potterverse. One author actually mocks that trope in a story that stands on its own, "The Last Academy". What if the chosen one What is it like to attend a magical school? A dozen authors provide their own take on the subject, and most of them do amazingly well. Then again, contributors like Chris Nuttall and Emily Martha Sorensen have written entire series of books centered around magical schools, though none of them are as famous as "Harry Potter". And no, not everyone is trying to rip off the Potterverse. One author actually mocks that trope in a story that stands on its own, "The Last Academy". What if the chosen one decided to chuck it and join the dark one? It is so much simpler ... and the only kids left to fight back are the misfits at the "monsters" school. There is at least one LitRPG story. There are two different Christian fantasy stories (respectful, no less), and a classic "sell your soul to the devil" story. Then there are several set on magical college campuses plus a boot camp for new magic users. All in all, the works are well above average. Why isn't it five stars? The first story is so trope it is painful to read. Fortunately, everything else was much better. The last story by Chris Nuttall is set in his "Zero Blessing" universe, but it goes on too long. TLDR: Stories mostly good to great, with a few having unique concepts or quirky humor. Four stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carbonel

    Fantastic - But not for young folk. Despite the cover art, and the sense that "fantastic schools" means Hogwarts and Enid Blyton, these are not stories for the kidlets. It's a mixed bag. One story "Why Misogynists Really Are Right" (Not it's actual name: but you'll spot it) put me off reading the book for a while. Which was a mistake, because the collection contains several real gems. Clever world-building;Twilight Zone twists; the kind of thoroughly satisfying adventures that make one go hunting Fantastic - But not for young folk. Despite the cover art, and the sense that "fantastic schools" means Hogwarts and Enid Blyton, these are not stories for the kidlets. It's a mixed bag. One story "Why Misogynists Really Are Right" (Not it's actual name: but you'll spot it) put me off reading the book for a while. Which was a mistake, because the collection contains several real gems. Clever world-building;Twilight Zone twists; the kind of thoroughly satisfying adventures that make one go hunting up the author: More please! Recommended for adults and older teens.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wilbur G. Lloyd, Jr.

    1 fantastic & the rest are good to great Truth is I only bought this for 1 story which probably should have been added to the the story in Schooled in Magic dealing with Shadey. But that probably would have ment an update for that book. The other stories are good to great and some are very funny.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Walt Dunn

    Here's the thing you need to really appreciate the many realms of magical education! An excellent collection of intriguing stories! The reader will find many new characters and situations that allow one to feel the different world's you might find. Here's the thing you need to really appreciate the many realms of magical education! An excellent collection of intriguing stories! The reader will find many new characters and situations that allow one to feel the different world's you might find.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joan Lloyd

    As with any collection, some are great, some not.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen Kersley

    Unfortunately I really only enjoyed 3 of the stories. The others were just too short and really didn't inspire me to read those authors. Some of the concepts of a school were hard to understand. Unfortunately I really only enjoyed 3 of the stories. The others were just too short and really didn't inspire me to read those authors. Some of the concepts of a school were hard to understand.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jared McIntyre

    A great collection This is a wonderful collection of stories that add to their respective worlds. I Definitely recommend you buy this book. Especially, if you follow these authors.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Roxie

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda Kutner

  11. 4 out of 5

    William Wallace

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paul Berg

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sun

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dr Gary P Simpson

  15. 4 out of 5

    daniel g krause

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jon Redgrove-Morris

  17. 5 out of 5

    Frederick S Stover

  18. 4 out of 5

    Grant Lambert

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  20. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Rodgers

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erma Nieves

  22. 4 out of 5

    ALEXANDER WASILIEW

  23. 5 out of 5

    Scott Hillier

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily Ellis

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joe Strickland

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ross Waters

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maurizio

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mark McCarter

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mrs L Cox

  30. 4 out of 5

    M.Thomas

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