Red Madrassa by Terah Edun
A magical accident threw them together. But when Fate holds all the cards, it can be impossible to tell the difference between pure chance and Destiny...
The Madrassa, a magical school for mage practitioners, is the stuff of legend. With selective entrance exams and quotas for only the most advanced of mage children, it's almost impossible to attend.
When Allorna, a guardian trainee for the royal family, ends up on the doorstep of the citadel on the eve of the final day of a recruitment ceremony, she decides it must be fate.
She was sure she knew the path her life would take before she enrolled. But sometimes life has a way of throwing in magical curveballs and strange friends, just to see if you’ll trip up.
Oh, and one of those friends is a mage accused of murder, another is a slightly psychotic dragon, the third a healer facing an existential crisis, and the last is a female storm-caller with more hidden secrets than a thief lord.
Do they all belong at the new school they call home?
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Review: Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.
An enjoyable story of five people thrown together in an elite magical school with plenty of antics and adventure.
I'm always a sucker for a story involving a magic school. I blame Harry Potter the most. Who wouldn't want to be a wizard? I really liked how the Madrassa school was set up with eight schools or specialties and the ability to sub specialize or cross specialize in another area. The classes were well thought out and very detailed with a good dose of variety. I really liked how magic was explained, the different types, and all the myriad ways it could be used.
As much as I liked the classes, every class that each character went to was detailed. It could get a little repetitive at times. While I was glad that everyone was able to get in, I was still surprised that everyone wound up there and decided to go along with the idea that they were there to take entrance tests. How did they get there and why? Was there something or someone behind their meeting at the Madrassa school? Very little time passed in the book (perhaps a few days) and I am eager to see how everyone gets on for the rest of the year.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to fans of young adult fantasy, especially stories involving magic schools.
Author Terah Edun
Terah Edun is a young adult fantasy writer born and raised in the Atlanta metropolitan area, who transplanted to the Northeast region for college, and now lives in South Sudan. She writes the stories that she always loved to read as a young girl.
She prefers tales of adventure, magic, fellowship and courtship – in other words high fantasy. But she’s not adverse to the occasional contemporary fantasy coming her way. Sometimes you’ll see cloaks, daggers, independent and strong girls, independent and strong guys, sweet and soft spoken girls, sweet and soft spoken guys, markets, cute guys, sparkly magic and irritatingly know-it-all boys. The book she’s currently working on is SWORN TO RAISE, the first in the Courtlight series.
Outside of writing, she’s a international development professional with a penchant for Starbucks.
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