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She survived a trial year at the Academy of Magic, but that was the easy part…
Now sixteen-year-old Ryiah is an apprentice of Combat, her school’s most notorious faction. When she finishes, she will be a war mage, but in order to do so, she has to survive four years traveling across Jerar, training with a master she hates, her old nemesis, Priscilla, and Prince Darren, her sometimes-rival sometimes… more?
Ry’s new apprenticeship is nothing like what she prepared for. War is on the horizon and her lessons aren’t just for practice anymore.
It’s time to fight.
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About the book:
Author: Rachel E. Carter
Book length: 390 pages
Published: February 17, 2015
Series: The Black Mage #2
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Magic, Romance, War, High Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction,
Rating: 5 out of 5 quills
Started reading: February 16, 2017
Finished reading: February 18, 2017
“I don’t need another ‘adversity builds character’ speech, Darren. That man is a chauvinistic pig. Where’s your adversity?”
Darren raised a brow. “I’m looking at it.”
What did I think about the book?
This was a really good book. Even better than First Year, and that’s rare. Because most sequels don’t outshine the first book in a series. But Apprentice outshone First Year big time!! This series is becoming better and better, I LOVE IT =]
I had to get used to the fast foward timing in this story. As this book is about the years after the First Year at the Mages School. The story follows Ryiah’s journey into becoming a Combat Mage. If you thought First Year was hard on Ryiah, please read on in this series. She keeps growing and keeps fighting her battles, physically and mentally. We see the low-born girl evolving into a strong, physically and mentally, woman. But there’s one battle she can’t seem to win or lose. The battle isn’t over just yet. The battle I’m talking about is a certain non-heir… Let’s call him Darren for now ;]
That battle was just an emotional roller-coaster, and not just for Ryiah… I felt her emotions, her happiness, her sorrow, her pain from betrayal and her butterflies.. Rachel wrote a really good romance in this series. But she didn’t keep it with Ryiah and Darren. Introducing –> Ian.. The sweet boy who was easy on the eyes as well… But that’s when the battle gets more serious and difficult to handle for Ryiah. The boy who is good for her, but she doesn’t feel the fire with, or the boy who betrays her, kisses her and then pushes her away and bullies her, but sets her body, mind and soul on fire??? I get her struggle. Wanting the unreachable and not feeling the fire with the second choice…. Ryiah is so strong, her heart keeps getting shattered and put back together, over and over again… Respect for her!!
I’m also amazed in how Rachel introduced us to Jerar in this book. We’ve gotten a tiny glimpse in First Year, but Apprentice was like WELCOME TO JERAR. We’ve got to see the nature, the cities, the people, the royals and the politics. The beautiful and the ugly parts of it. It’s written so realistically, it’s amazing!! She can write so detailed and vividly, you are there..
I can only finish with I LOVE IT AND IF YOU LIKE FANTASY WITH ROMANCE GO READ THIS SERIES!!!!!!
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