A School for Sorcery (A School for Sorcery #1)

 
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A School for Sorcery (A School for Sorcery #1)
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August 18, 2003
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Winner of the Andre Norton Gryphon Award

Welcome to the Leslie Simonton School for the Magically Gifted. A school where students can expect the unexpected. But be careful. At this school the final exam could be a real...killer.

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So many choices...will Tria make the right ones?
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Inevitably, this book has received many Harry Potter comparisons (not least of which from Andre Norton, who awarded the author the Gryphon Award for this book in 1992). With a name like A School for Sorcery and teens sent away to a magical boarding school, you would have to consciously ignore the effect of Harry Potter in the YA fiction world to not mention it.

However, beyond those simple facts, Sabins book has little in common with Rowlings popular boy wizard. A School for Sorcery features a female heroine faced with tough choices as soon as she enters the school. Her roommate Lana is a self-serving shape changer that flaunts and breaks the school rules at all times. Tria herself breaks rules (sometimes without knowing it), but has the decency to try to do so only when forced, unlike others.

Lanas machinations start a vicious cycle of retribution that culminates in a dangerous bid for power from Oryon, one of the other students. He summons Dire Women who spirit away Trias love interest and another boy from the school. Oryon then proposes a deal whereby the Headmistress must bring back the two boys within a years time or he will wrest control from her. The Headmistress, in turn, pushes this task onto Tria, Lana, and another girl from the school.

Tria must make many choices, many of which could lead her to the darker side of power. When one of Lanas plans backfires and the shape changer is spirited away, Tria feels alone. The adults in the book offer little, if any, assistance, having pledged to stay out of Oryons terrible bargain. This section of the book is the most interesting and detailed, as one of Trias bids for greater power works out in ways she would have never imagined. You must read carefully (and I would almost recommend re-reading this part) to catch all of what occurs. This is where Sabin shines.

Ultimately, Tria is successful in her quest. Not only that, she has grown in power (or rather, her understanding and control of her power) to the point that she is now an Adept. However, one has the feeling that doubts will always plague her and she will always wonder about the choices she has made.

The other characters in the book are not as fleshed out as Tria, though I was not overly bothered by this, as I would have been in some other books. This story is really Trias. I would have liked to have seen more detail (such as in the authors pre-quel, A Perilous Power), but I think Ill find my answers in forthcoming books set in this same world.

Fantasy readers will enjoy this one and will do well to consider the price of power and of the choices that we make. I recommend this book for readers ages 12 and up.
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Reader reviewed by Eve

This book starts off interesting although I think that it does get confusing after a while. It involves a world in which some people have magical powers. This differs depeding on the person. Basically a girl gets invited to this school but makes some enemies.

It's a fair book and I really liked the ending but the content wasn't that great.
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Reader reviewed by Malia

It was kind of boring in the beginning and the middle... but the end was creative. Still, I give credit to the author for creating a book this well written!
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