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A School for Sorcery [Mass Market Paperback]

E. Rose Sabin
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Aug. 18 2003 School for Sorcery (Book 1)
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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The teenage heroine of Sabin's 1992 Gryphon Award winner, Tria Tesserell, a country-mouse first-year student at the Lesley Simonton School for the Magically Gifted, is faced with three onerous tasks: befriending her unprincipled and talented roommate, Lina, learning to tame and use her own considerable magical powers and rescuing her love interest from the clutches of second-years Oryon and Kress and their demonic thralls. To make things worse, the faculty have made a deal to stay out of the conflict with Oryon and Kress, leaving Tria armed only with a few tentative friendships and what little she can remember from her sleep-inducing classes. As she and her fellow students-most of whom are little more than plot points with names-go from classroom to school dance to interdimensional corridor, they encounter a number of genuinely interesting concepts and creatures; but Sabin seems determined to fit everything into one book (in a break from recent trends, she ties off every possible loose end, leaving no room for sequels) and the most intriguing aspects of the school end up sadly undeveloped. The story has its charms, but it's so easy to follow and predict that the plot twists don't and the surprise ending isn't. The 12-and-under set will appreciate the uncomplicated tale, snippets of magical boarding-school life and happy ending, but only if they've yet to encounter J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, which outclass this one by a substantial margin.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


A “most enjoyable book!”--Joan Aiken

"This is a most enjoyable book! It belongs to a genre of stories I adored when I was young; books such as A Girl of Limberlost and Anne of Green Gables. Tria, the heroine of A School for Sorcery, is faced with an outsized tussle: her elegant, spiteful roommate has a habit of turning into a black panther at times of stress, a hostile male student summons fearsome entities known as the Dire Women, and the whole sorcery course looks as if it will come to a cataclysmic end until Tria manages to call upon unexpected reserves of power. This is an elegant, complicated story, at times running into parallel action to perplex the pursuing reader. E. Rose Sabin is a writer to look out for."— Joan Aiken, author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

“J. K. Rowling introduced us to the charms and secrets of Hogwarts; now E. Rose Sabin opens up a school for teens who posses equal talents. A School for Sorcery is an excellent study of teens and magic in a very unusual school.”—Andre Norton, SFWA Grand Master

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4.0 out of 5 stars I give it 4.5---> Very Good Book July 20 2004
By Madi
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was about a coming of age fantasy. Tria has just entered into The school for sorcery and nothing is as she expected. The teachers are dull, just like the school and the students are strange especially a mysterious boy - Oryon, who wants to be the most powerful one, he kidnaps her boyfriend and her and her troublesome roommate Lina must rescue him in a year or they'll never be seen again.........
It's a very good book, It's hard to put down, I can't wait to read the other book by this author "A Perilous Power"
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1.0 out of 5 stars No Creativity and Lack of Beef April 11 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the worst book that I have read for this kind of gender. It is clearly inspired by Harry Potter but not in a good way. I guess it could be good for kids but for adults and young adults, who are hoping to fine something magical like Harry. Please skip this book.
The vocabulary and way of showing things are also horribly done. If you want to get this book, please get it at the library, and don't waste your money like I did.,
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3.0 out of 5 stars This School gets a "C" in my book Feb. 2 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The title is quick to draw eager Harry Potter fans to its place on a bookshelf, and the whimsical cover may appear quirky and magical, but for fans of other "schools of sorcery", this novel may be disapointing.
A School for Sorcery focuses on an alternate universe based on late 19th century Europe where magic is common. Sabin's characters are original enough, but somewhat undefined; their pasts, though hinted at, are never discussed. Going in depth into an exciting magical world, what Rowling did so well with Harry Potter, Sabin fails to do with School; the reader is left completely in the dark mysterious land.
It begins as Tria and her mother secretly send Tria to Simonton School for the Magically Gifted, for Tria's rare magic to be trained. Her father scorns her gift, and Tria's mother is forced to spend all her savings to pay for tuition. When Tria arrives, the school appears to be in disrepair; everything is dusty and old, and much different than the broshure. The food is bad, her vain roommate randomly turns into a panther, and mysterious students Oryan and Kress have a deadly scheme. Now she must save her love Wilce from the clutches of the Dire Women within a year or Oryan will take over the school and all the students will suffer.
This book teaches an artful lesson about looking beyond the obvious and what's on the inside. Sabin should be acknowledged for her beautiful use of imagery and symbolism, however, the book contained flaws as well. Tria is a strong heroine, but younger readers will not be able to appreciate the intricate plot that brings out these qualities. The plot is both thrilling and darkly brilliant, as Tria discovers herself and her magical powers.
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A Hogwarts-type school at the turn of the century! What an intruiging idea!
Though this book starts out a little campy, with the main character gathering eggs on a small farm, and continues with some very pegan-like philosophy about magic, I found myself thoroughly enjoying "A School for Sorcery." Sabin's style is simple and lyrical, and her story has just enough unusual aspects to carry the reader through untill you begin to realize that the seemingly predictable plot is not what it seems!
I finished this book in two days. It was excellant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Page Turning Read! Nov. 5 2002
I met Ms. Sabin at a signing and couldn't resist buying this book. I also found that I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. A wonderful tale, one that in the beginning sent me back in time, of tales I recalled as a young girl, from Cinderella to Dirty Dancing. What a great coming of age story with bewitching twists. Danger, power, mirror reflections, teen-love, and some pretty scary stuff as well. A truly enjoyable read.
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