A Scholar of Magics

A Scholar of Magics Glasscastle University on the surface one of the most peaceful places in England But underneath its magic is ancient and dangerous American Samuel Lambert sharpshooter adventurer late of the Wyom

  • Title: A Scholar of Magics
  • Author: Caroline Stevermer
  • ISBN: 9780765353467
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • Glasscastle University on the surface, one of the most peaceful places in England But underneath, its magic is ancient and dangerous American Samuel Lambert, sharpshooter, adventurer, late of the Wyoming plains and Kiowa Bob s Wild West Show, has been invited to Glasscastle University in England to contribute his phenomenally accurate shooting eye to the top secret AginGlasscastle University on the surface, one of the most peaceful places in England But underneath, its magic is ancient and dangerous American Samuel Lambert, sharpshooter, adventurer, late of the Wyoming plains and Kiowa Bob s Wild West Show, has been invited to Glasscastle University in England to contribute his phenomenally accurate shooting eye to the top secret Agincourt Project The only dangers he expects to face are British snobbery, heavy dinners, and tea with the Provost s pretty wife But when the Provost s stylish sister, Jane Brailsford, comes to town, things get much exciting.This sparkling sequel to A College of Magics is a whirlwind of secret weapons, motor cars, mysterious assaults and abductions, thugs in bowler hats, and a mild mannered don who is heir to a magical power greater than all of Glasscastle s.

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    1. I find it hard to articulate why certain books give me pleasure, without resorting to annoying superlatives (too much like the friend who, in trying to get you to love their favorite rock group, keeps turning up the volume, sure that that will suddenly convince you) or falling back on the helpless hand wave and "It's just, you know, like, really good."Has anyone else that sense with some books, that it is their book? I can admire a variety of books. Some I'll never read again—one experience wa [...]

    2. This book might well have been titled “Pride and Prejudice Goes to Hogwarts”. Set in Edwardian England, the action takes place mostly at Glasscastle University, a college of magic. Samuel Lambert, American lately of a Wild West show, is there temporarily as they do tests of accuracy with various guns as they develop a new weapon. Jane Brailsford (excuse me, *Miss* Jane Brailsford), graduate of Greenlaw university in France (which, gasp, is a magical school for women) is there, ostensibly vis [...]

    3. This is a sequel to College of Magics. However, there is only one major character in common between the the two books(Jane Brailsford) and instead of being set at Greenlaw (a college for women studying magic) it is set at Glasscastle University, which is apparently located at Glastonbury,the university's three colleges, Holythorn, St. Joseph's and Wearyall having names related to the legends aboutGlastonbury, though those legends do not play a significant role in the story. Supposedly this unive [...]

    4. This story took place in England and revolved around the further adventures of Jane Brailsford, Faris' classmate at Greenlaw and current mathematics professor at this same institution. She meets up with American gunslinger Samuel Lambert and adventure ensues. I actually think I liked this book better than the first one. Jane was my favorite character in the previous novel and I was glad that the story revolved around her this time. It's interesting how in both books the author obviously wanted t [...]

    5. Almost (but not quite) as much fun as A College of Magics. It may because, as much fun as Jane and Lambert are, they are quite as much fun (to me anyway) as Faris. Lambert was wonderful, but earnest almost to the point of painfulness, and his story arc was fairly predictably. (Enjoyably predictable, but predictable nonetheless.) Jane was fun and wonderful but, similarly, a bit bloodless. The story was enjoyable, but always a bit dry and remote, removed from immediacy and originality. That does s [...]

    6. Stevermer is all about the Edwardian novel with a dash of magic, and this precursor to Sorcery and Cecelia delivers if you like that sort of thing. This deserves a 3.5 star rating, really--it was less diffuse than A College of Magics and the magical set-up of her universe just made more sense to me here. Also, this book has inspired within me a raging desire for stem ginger cake and strong tea.

    7. Not quite as enjoyable as A College of Magics in my opinion -- mostly because of the lack of Faris. The book is still worth reading! I like Jane a lot, and Lambert was a good guy, but neither of them can fully make up for the lack of Faris. While Jane really shines and owns her starring role, Lambert, who takes Faris's place as the main POV character, just seemed flat somehow in comparison.Also it seemed kind of interesting to me how for the first solid two thirds of the book, Glasscastle seems [...]

    8. Disappointing after the much more delightful A College of Magics. This story loosely follows the Jane character from A College, though is told from the perspective of a travelling American show-sharpshooter. Lacking is the witty banter from Stevermer's earlier installment, though assorted quotable lines and insights still (delightfully) punctuate the prose. Most disappointing is the rather predictable way in which the main character falls into trap after obvious trap. The love interest was simil [...]

    9. American Samuel Lambert has been hired to use his skills as a sharpshooter to aid Glasscastle University in the development of a magical weapon for the defense of United Kingdom.Jane Brailsford, a teacher at Greenlaw, visits Glasscastle to encourage the new Warden of the West, Nicholas Fell, to take his position and help balance the magical world.As strange thing start to occur around Glasscastle, Fell seems to be the common denominator. As Fell's roommate, Lambert notices earlier than anyone el [...]

    10. This story picks up a few months after A College of Magics left off. In an alternate England of 1908 (Titanic beat her own trans-Atlantic record), Samuel Lambert, an American sharpshooter from the Wild West has been recruited by Glasscastle University, a top college of magic in England. The fellows of Glasscastle want to test Lambert's accuracy of aim in order prepare a top-secret project. Lambert feels at home there. He loves the calm and peace of Glasscastle, especially the evening chanting of [...]

    11. Jane Brailsford has been sent by her friend Faris Nallaneen to investigate one of the professors at Glasscastle University in England - Dr. Fell. Fell is supposed to be the new Warden of the West – a powerful magical caretaker of the world – but he has, for some reason, neglected to take up his power and duties. When she arrives at Glasscastle, she meets a most interesting American – Samuel Lambert. Lambert is an expert marksman who has been retained at Glasscastle as a participant in a se [...]

    12. Jane Brailsford is one of my favorite characters in Caroline Stevermer’s A College of Magics. In A Scholar of Magics, Jane returns, bringing her cool sense of logic and fashion to Glasscastle University when more than magical studies are underway.A full witch of Greenlaw and friend to Faris Nallaneen, warden of the north, Jane is no helpless female. Set in an alternate Edwardian England, Jane is no stranger to motorcars, magic, and intrigue. When the warden of the North sends Jane on a quest t [...]

    13. I’ve been enjoying Stevermer’s Kate and Cecy books, which she wrote with Patricia C. Wrede, for several years. These two are quite similar in the mix of magic and a world that’s mostly like ours at an earlier time period. I have to say that, while I liked the characters and the story, the world building seemed a little odd to me. I felt very disoriented in the first book because the main character is from a country that doesn’t exist in our world but does in this world and then England s [...]

    14. Although this is the sequel to A College of Magics, I don’t think you necessarily need to read them in order. However, I would advise it so that you have some of the concepts of the world explained in depth before you hit A Scholar of Magics.The draw of A Scholar of Magics is certainly the characters. The cast is different from the first book (except for Jane, who’s allowed to take center stage), but all of the characters are fun, likable, and enjoyable to spend time with. Jane continues to [...]

    15. Who doesn't love a good fish out of water story?Take one prototypical American westerner, and drop him in Victorian academia. It's the story equivalent of Diet Coke and Mentos. The result is explosive, fizzy, and impossible not to giggle at.Samuel and Jane are an excellent combination, and together, you believe they can do anything. Jane brings all the suave, and Samuel brings a surprising array of talents.Although set in the same universe as A College of Magics, the magical structure is both si [...]

    16. I didn't realize until I just now logged on to that this book is the second in a two-book series. I haven't read book one and my local library does not have it. The way this book ended, I had supposed there would be a book following it. I thought the story moved so slowly that even by the mid-point in the book it seemed to me that nothing had happened yet. I think I could even say that two-thirds of the way through the book, nothing had happened. Even when there was trouble to resolve in the la [...]

    17. A relaxed, almost low-key alternate history fantasy set in an Oxford-esque college in an Edwardian England with just a hint of magic, this book was a nice diversion (particularly when read with a pot of hot tea). Throughout the novel a leisurely atmosphere was presented, a “green and pleasant” land that seemed real yet with an edge of the mythical. A sequel to “A College of Magics” (which I also enjoyed), like its predecessor “A Scholar of Magics” includes well defined characters and [...]

    18. This is historical fiction in an alternate universe where magic works so fantasy, but historical in its setting.It helped me to think of it this way: if A College of Magics is set at Beauxbatons, A Scholar of Magics is set at Hogwarts. Accordingly we've moved from France to England, although Glasscastle is a school only for men.I liked Jane, Lambert and Fell well enough as characters, but the book just never gripped me like some other series have (including the series by Stevermer and Patricia W [...]

    19. very very good. exactly what i hoped it would be -- a good fantasy adventure story set partially in a university setting. but it's also got some things i didn't expect -- like a touch of the Wild West! it's a sequel to A College of Magics which i read aaaaaaaaaages ago and remember nothing about except that it also was a very good fantasy story set in a university. it would have been nice to have more vivid memories of what some characters had done in the past, but really, it didn't detract from [...]

    20. This book is a sequel to "A College of Magics" above and I liked it even better, though I recommend you read the first one first. I really loved seeing an American character in a magical English setting, and he was not portrayed as a boob or "ugly American" either. I did sympathize with his loathing of tea. (Trust me, I am getting sick of merely reading about tea. I may need to switch fantasy settings, soon.) My favorite part of the book was seeing two of the characters have a magical "advantage [...]

    21. A re-read. I like the idea that a strange place can turn out to be home, but in general, I think this is not as strong as its prequel, A College of Magics. It just doesn't hang together as well, somehow. I did enjoy the insect motif (they reappeared in apparently inconsequential ways throughout the story, but I may be reading too much into that), and I look forward to reading Sevenfold, the reportedly-in-progress next work in this series, whenever it appears.

    22. I much prefer A College of Magics (the first book in a two book series). A Scholar of Magics is a much lighter book, and lacks many of the elements that I enjoy so much about the first book. For some reason, Jane doesn't seem nearly so awesome or witty here. Samuel can be vaguely annoying in his desperate desire to get in to Glasscastle, although it doesn't seem that marvelous. I wish the story started at the end, and we followed him (view spoiler)[as he was a student at Glasscastle, since that [...]

    23. I read this book not having read the first in the series (A College of Magics) but that really didn't matter. The world is simple enough to understand quickly and the setup is fairly familiar for someone who reads fantasy. I liked this story and thought it was well-paced for the lightness of the book. This is a fun romp to read on a weekend afternoon with tea, not something heavy or involved. The characters were enjoyable and I liked the "Victorian-proper" flirtatiousness of Lambert and Jane. Th [...]

    24. I liked this one better than the first, A College of Magics. I liked the main character, Samuel Lambert, more than Farris in the first book. Really the two books are hardly related, except that they are both set in the same alternate world and they are faintly connected by both featuring Jane, a witch of Greenlaw who gets involved in this story by trying to help her friend Farris, the warden of the north, get in touch with the new warden of the east. Honestly, the whole warden stuff was kind of [...]

    25. I was disappointed by the first book in this series, A College of Magics, which I found poorly structured and disjointed. This book was not as original in terms of plot or ideas, but much more evenly structured and therefore much easier to read. I found the male main character unremarkable and a little stereotypical, but Stevermer writes her women very well-- and very strong.

    26. Not as good as A College of Magics, and a bit slow to draw me in (especially slow to create any interest in the male lead, an American sharpshooter falling in love with an English magical university), but great good fun. The love story (I mean, not the one between Man and College, one between two human characters) is sweet in a background-y, awkward-nice-people-digging-on-each-other sort of way.But seriously, are we not supposed to suspect the villain from, like, first sight? What are the other [...]

    27. This is lighter than the first one, which I liked better, but centered around the faculty of a men's college rather than the students of a women's college, so I enjoyed that a bit less. However, I did quite appreciate the importance of chant at Glasscastle.Jane Brailsford, who we met in book 1, is one of the viewpoint characters in this book, which I couldn't tell from the blurb; and I therefore liked the book better than I expected to from its description.

    28. (Fantasy 2004) This is a delightful sequel to "A College of Magics." The focus this time is on Jane Brailsford who was also in the first book, and Samuel Lambert, a sharpshooter from Wyoming. It is mostly set around the Glasscastle University (the mens' magic school). Their interactions are enjoyable and sharp. I couldn't decide if I wanted to hurry up to find out how it ended or drag it out so it wouldn't be over. Definitely have to check and see if there are any others in this series!

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