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A College of Magics

por Caroline Stevermer

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Series: Scholarly Magics (1)

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Teenager Faris Nallaneen, heir to the small northern dukedom of Galazon, is still too young to claim her title, so her despotic Uncle Brinker insists she be sent to Greenlaw College, where all students major in magic.
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I liked this quite a lot; it misses 5 stars only because the ending was a bit on the down side. In some ways, it has a similar feel as Pamela Dean's [b:Tam Lin|51106|Tam Lin|Pamela Dean|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1309198667s/51106.jpg|49879], in terms of the immersion in and love of college/academic life. ( )
  VictoriaGaile | Oct 16, 2021 |
I picked this up to re-read, vaguely remembering not having liked it when I was in college myself.

I honestly don't know why not -- unless it was a lack of familiarity with the time period. I thoroughly enjoyed it this time around. ( )
  akaGingerK | Sep 30, 2018 |
I picked up this book for two reasons: (1) she’s half of the duo who wrote the Kate & Cecelia series; (2) she says she modeled the school after her alma mater, Bryn Mawr. Don’t be mistaken, the entire book does not take place at the college. Faris attends but has to leave, and her responsibilities and skills lead her to many places. This book has an element of found family that I adore, and a love story that I truly enjoyed (never mind what other people tell you about the ending). ( )
1 vota tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
This book was one of my favorites because one of the the characters (Eve-Marie) was closely based on a young woman I knew shortly after the time the author knew her. (The author was at college with her in 1975-77, and I was in graduate school with her immediately afterwards.) She really did glow the way the author describes, with an undeniable aura of magic. However on this book the original college (Bryn Mawr, I believe) is transmuted into Greenlaw, a "finishing school" in a magical version of the late nineteenth century located on the northern French coast, roughly equivalent to Mont Saint Michel, though the college is dedicated to St. Margaret as well as St. Michael. The heroine Faris is by rights duchess of Galazon (and arguably queen of Averill) but she is packed off to Greenlaw by the ambitious uncle who is ruling her duchy till she comes of age. She makes group of close friends, and one enemy. Menary Paganell, of the branch of the royal family currently ruling Averill. Eventually they have a showdown when Menary turns Faris's bodyguard into a cat, and Faris sets Menary's hair on fire. Students actually working magic in the college is forbidden, so both must leave, especially as Faris's uncle has summoned her home. From there the story plunges into magical intrigue. It turns out that her uncle is not as wicked as she thought, but Menary certainly is. Overall it is concluded neatly, but somehow not quite satisfactorily in terms of the condition of the man she loves. ( )
  antiquary | Feb 16, 2018 |
I have wanted to read A College of Magics ever since I read the companion novel-sequel, A Scholar of Magics, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. In hindsight, taking so long to find A College of Magics was actually a good thing, because I couldn’t remember anything remotely spoiler-ish from A Scholar of Magics. My expectations of this as a story about a magic university had also lessened with the passage of time, and I didn’t feel the disappointment that I might have once felt upon discovering that a lot of A College of Magics is actually about Faris after she leaves the college.

This is a mystery about magic and a coming-of-age story about responsibility. This is vivid and poignant and there’s something really lovely about it. I enjoyed the parts about college life, and Faris’ friend Jane is an utter delight. I’m so pleased I finally got to read this.

Her fellow students at first had given Faris the impression of high intelligence and strange intensity. Even slight familiarity taught her that this impression was, if not entirely mistaken, sadly incomplete. In fact, her fellow students were simply exhausted. Fatigue took strange forms.
One day in the dining hall, Faris sat across the table from a first-year student who stared blankly at the single artichoke on the plate before her.
“That looks good,” said Faris. The artichokes had vanished before she’d arrived and she cherished a faint hope that her classmate disliked them, perhaps enough to barter for it.
“Extremely good,” agreed the first-year, dashing Faris’s hopes. Wearily, she added, “if only I could remember how to eat one.”
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Nombre del autorRolTipo de autor¿Trabajo?Estado
Caroline Stevermerautor principaltodas las edicionescalculado
Grossman, HowardDiseñador de cubiertaautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Kidd, TomArtista de la Cubiertaautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Marcel, PatrickTraductorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado

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And time is not a gulf, nor space a bar;
Our hearts are loyal, even when we're far;
As once we were, again tonight we are.

- Georgina Goddard King
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Faris Nallaneen arrived at the gates of Greenlaw on the same day winter did.
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