I’m so excited to be a part of the mini blog blitz for Brittle’s Academy for the Magically Unstable organized by Rachel’s Random Resources!
Standalone but part of a series, each book in the series has a different main character.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age: Children/MG ages 6+
Publication date: January 10, 2020
Publisher: Crimson Cloak Publishing
It’s Charlie’s first day at high school, his blazer is too big and his shoes are too small, but that’s the least of his worries. He’s been missed off the class lists and is now enrolled in a new school called Brittle’s Academy with a magical and mysterious head teacher. But to stay at Brittle’s Charlie must pass one of the tests…otherwise he’ll be sent to Oblivion!
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What an enchanting, magical world the author has created!
Charlie sets foot nervously into secondary school in ill-fitting clothes, courtesy a penny-pinching and intimidating mother. But nothing is as it seems. Instead of regular classes, he is whisked off to Brittle’s Academy by the natty Professor Brittle where he finds that he must compete with several hundred other children to find a place in one of the Houses of the Academy.
The author has brilliantly captured the anxiety of stepping into a new school with all its terrifying unknowns. She has woven a captivating fantasy world of an alternate school where potential magicians are groomed. The focus of this book is on how the children are tested for their suitability for one of the many Houses of the Academy.
Charlie is the protagonist of the story and it is through his eyes that we get to the magical portals of the Academy and maneuver its various floors to discover their contents.
I tended to skim sections of the story where many ancillary characters were being introduced, but I guess they will appear in later books with more emphasis.
The illustrations were beautiful and helped augment the images being created in my head of the Academy, its teachers, and its quirky nature.
The ending was a complete surprise for me. I never saw it coming! It was a happy twist.
I am assuming Book Two takes the story forward and tells us how the students, who have now been assigned to various Houses, are taught to perform magic.
The author mentions 8 other titles in the series,which will be coming soon. Eight!
About the Author
Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series. She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books. Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local places and even her old school in her stories. Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.
Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.
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