Although there were no wars or true fighting, this book laid the foundation for an interesting story. Rylaigh and her twin Alex are lowborn whom have decided to attend mage school. It is open to all, but only a select few are given positions as an apprentice. They are tested throughout, and if you fail you are sent home, and many quit asking the way too. This book details what hardships and training Rylaigh, Alex and their friends must suffer through in order to try to earn a place.
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Magic. Romance. Rivals. Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Falling Kingdoms, and Tamora Pierce.
Before the age of seventeen, the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice –pursue a trade or enroll in a trial year in one of the realm’s three war schools to study as a soldier, knight, or mage… For fifteen-year-old Ryiah, the choice has always been easy. Become a mage and train in Combat, the most prestigious faction of magic. Yet when she arrives, Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Everyone is rooting for her to fail–first and foremost among them is Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived.
The Black Mage: First Year is such a crowned jewel. Twins Ryiah and Alex both join the Academy in the hopes of becoming a full on Mage. The Academy has a grueling initiation process and the first year is meant to weed out any who don’t have the power, talent, or resilience to become a Mage. There are 3 different sets of study a Mage can pursue: Alchemy, Restoration, and the most popular, Combat. Ryiah is far from being the most talented. She stays at the bottom of her class, and always seems to just get by. Her brother isn’t that much better either. Both have the heart, and continue to pursue their dreams of becoming a Mage, despite all that stands before them.
Along the way they meet Ella, a daughter of a noble family, who is not too of their class, but is very talented. Ella is feisty and is extremely supportive. Ryiah runs into some trouble with those who were of noble birth, and feel as if low-borns like Ryiah and Alex don’t belong in the Academy. Priscilla is your classic mean girl, noble birth, and does absolutely EVERYTHING to dissuade Ryiah from becoming a Mage. The hazing gets very intense, and it was so commendable to see Ryiah be as resilient as she was. Even in her doubtful moments, as a reader, I found her resolve admirable.
Prince Darren, the younger son and “non-heir” as Ryiah calls him, attends the Academy despite the rule that Princes are not aloud to attend. However, due to immense power and talent, he’s allowed to attend. Darren is despicable for most of the book, and like Prescilla, who happens to be smitten with Darren, treats Ryiah like utter crap. But slowly, Darren begins to warm up to Ryiah’s sass, her unrelenting spirit to succeed, and her major potential as a Mage. Ryiah’s power continues to grow, despite not being the most talented, and it’s her teachers and Darren that truly notice the power that lies deep inside her.
Details For First Year (The Black Mage Book 1)
- File Size: 3771 KB ( Download PDF : )
- Publication Date: January 21, 2017
- Author : Rachel E. Carter
- Language: English
- Print Length: 276 pages
- Publisher: Rachel E. Carter (January 21, 2017)
- ASIN: B01MSA1LNA
About the Author
Rachel E. Carter is the USA Today bestselling author of The Black Mage, a YA fantasy series about magic, love, and war -with future projects to come. She hoards coffee and has a weakness for villain and Mr. Darcy love interests.