Trials of Magic

Trials of Magic

by Thomas K. Carpenter

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There are exactly one hundred halls of magic to choose from. Ever since our parents were killed I knew exactly which hall was for me.

Aurelia "Aurie" Silverthorn is one of the best and brightest to ever apply to the Hundred Halls, the only magical university in the world. To be accepted, she must pass grueling trials that claim the lives of aspirants every year.

But more than her desire to practice magic is at stake.

Aurie's little sister has been courting powerful forces in hopes of protecting herself from the beings that killed their parents, but alliances come with complications. As things spiral out of control, and dangerous foes arise at every turn, Aurie knows the only way to protect her sister is to pass the trials--even if it means making a terrible sacrifice.

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BN ID: 2940158866722
Publisher: Black Moon Books
Publication date: 12/25/2017
Series: The Hundred Halls , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 154,202
File size: 978 KB

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Trials of Magic 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Seven days had went by and no one had died that was the longest stretch Aurie had seen since working as an orderly at on the children's floor for The Irrevocable Cursed Magical Ailing and Supernatural Virology Golden Clinic for The Sick And Infirm. Emily was a sweet patient and was dying. The nurse was out of spells to treat her. Emily had been cursed by a vengeful air element. Emily was so near to weightlessness she was connected with all kinds of wires to secure her. Emily was wasting away. Aurie was taking her Merlins the next day. Aurie had been having a rough time as there was only her and her sister Pi now. Then Aurie got fired from her job thinking she was protecting emily. Pi needed a summoning focus as she needed to summon a faez demon. The dealer wanted her soul for three days to give her the focus. That met for three days he could make Pi do just about anything he wanted and Pi couldn’t refuse. Pi had to summon a faez demon to impress a Coterie mage enough to become Pi’s sponsor. Pi wants the Cabal - a coterie of mages. Pi worked at Arcanium Games. Aurie wanted to go to Arcanium Hall- it was the hall of her dreams.There was only one magical university in the world. Aurie was one of the brightest girls and very powerful but she didn’t know how to control her power but she had to pass grueling trials that could claim her life as many aspirants died each year during these trials. There were hundreds Halls of magic with a hundred groups of magicians who specialized in different things. Pi had summoned Pazuzu the demon of storms. He got free from Pi’s circle and that was not good at all. Pi is chased by powerful being trying to corrupt her. Violet was who Aurie had pushed down trying to protect Emily and lost her job for and Violet is trying to ruin Aurie’s chances of getting into a hall. Both Pi and Aurie make it into their chosen halls and as Aurie battles her way through the first year she starts finding clues to what her parents had been looking for when they were killed. Piu also helps Aurie to find and follow the clues. I really loved this story and all that Pi and Aurie went through. Even though Pi and Aurie selected different Halls of Magic Pi and Aurie stayed close. They never let go of being sisters and the love they had for each other as they faced the next challenge before them. This was a little different then most stories but it worked and worked in a great way at least for me and i loved it. This story was well written and had a great plot. I found myself cheering Pi and and Aurie on. This caught my interest right away and kept it right until the end of the story. There was a lot of trials, magic, action, suspense, a soul hold. Demons. Spells, intrigue, life threatening situations, bad guys, sisterly relationship, Halls of magic and so much more to this story. I loved the magic, the plot, and the characters. I also loved the ins and outs of this story and I highly recommend.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Trials of Magic" is a Harry Potter-esque story of two sisters, Aurelia (Aurie) and Pythia (Pi). Their parents died when they were young and they have been trying to make their way in the world as best they can. They both have the ultimate goal of joining the Hundred Halls of Magic, which is 100 groups of magicians who have specializatons. While Aurie is most interested in joining Arcanium (think Ravenclaw- they are the book nerd mages), Pi wants to join Coterie (think Slytherin, all about wealth, family name, and power). Both of the girls will have to pass the Merlins, which is a three day magical exam after which you are scored and the halls can choose you (if you have them on your list). Pi also has a special condition of needing a sponsor for Coterie, because of course, you have to know the right people to get in. The very beginning of the book establishes a rivalry with Violet, who seeks to ruin Aurie's chances at matching with a hall. I am not sure I bought why the hatred was so omnipotent between them, as all Aurie did was knock her out of the way before she accidentally killed a sensitive patient with her perfume. Violet wasn't hurt by it or anything but immediately hates Aurie with a deep deep passion for this faux pas, not only getting her fired and banned from the hospital but also trying to sabotage her success constantly. I am not sure I bought this antagonistic relationship or the hospital's reactions to these events. The author sets it up as a rich vs. poor thing, which also remains a theme throughout the book. I am not sure that I think rich people are without humanity, as is suggested, or that they can act with impunity. Regardless, the best part of this book is the relationship between the two sisters, which is really amazing and supportive. Despite their teenage moments, they are with each other first and everyone else second. Think an even better version of "Frozen." I was cheering for them the whole way through. I won't say much else about the storyline because there are many twists and turns, and I certainly could not predict the way it would all play out (so let's not have any spoilers!). However, I will say that the ending wraps everything up very nicely, so there are no cliffhangers, and it makes for a complete story (you don't have to worry about continuing with the series to get closure). Since I see this is a series-to-be, I am curious where they will go from here, as it does seem to be wrapped up so nicely for all characters involved. Overall, I think it's a pretty strong and engaging story about sisters with the bonus elements of magic. Please note that I received this e-book through netgalley. All opinions are my own.