Friday, June 9, 2017

Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood

Chantel is well on her way to being a powerful sorceress, exhibiting unusually strong summoning powers in particular, but she isn't as good at being quiet and submissive which is a requirement for the young ladies at Miss Ellicott's School for Magical Maidens.  When Miss Ellicott and all the other sorceresses who help protect the city disappear, Chantel and her friends set out to find them.  The first stop is to talk to the city's patriarchs who are expecting Chantel and have their own plan for what she ought to be doing.  The king is equally unhelpful and devious.  It becomes clear that Chantel must rely on her friends, a boy from outside the city walls, her newly-arrived dragon, and the memory of a queen she keeps summoning accidentally.

I had a tough time getting through this one.  It seems like it ought to be the type of thing I would enjoy but it was slow and the writing felt stilted and self-aware.  I enjoyed Chantel's conversations with the former queen but there were not enough of those to keep me very motivated.

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