Red Madrassa by Terah Edun
A magical accident threw them together. But when Fate holds all the cards, it can be impossible to tell the difference between pure chance and Destiny...
The Madrassa, a magical school for mage practitioners, is the stuff of legend. With selective entrance exams and quotas for only the most advanced of mage children, it's almost impossible to attend.
When Allorna, a guardian trainee for the royal family, ends up on the doorstep of the citadel on the eve of the final day of a recruitment ceremony, she decides it must be fate.
She was sure she knew the path her life would take before she enrolled. But sometimes life has a way of throwing in magical curveballs and strange friends, just to see if you’ll trip up.
Oh, and one of those friends is a mage accused of murder, another is a slightly psychotic dragon, the third a healer facing an existential crisis, and the last is a female storm-caller with more hidden secrets than a thief lord.
Do they all belong at the new school they call home?
This was a very enjoyable read for me after I got into it a little bit. At first, it was a little iffy for me because I had a difficult time during the character introductions because I didn’t particularly care much about them until I began to know them better after arriving at the Madrassa. It didn’t help that some names seemed too similar to me. The author introduces the main characters upfront through short scenes. The scenes are well-written and interesting but each was different, seemingly unrelated to the others, and I didn’t see connections that later would become relevant.
Once the five arrive at their destination, whether by fate or chance, I began to really feel the love for this book. The story is sometimes humorous, but mostly just interesting because of the fantastic imagination and creativity that it took to keep it moving along quickly. Simultaneously, Ms. Edum is deftly building a setting, background and customs that are unique but seem believable given the world she is creating. I am very much looking forward to the next adventure.
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
Author Terah Edun
Terah Edun is a young adult fantasy writer born and raised in the Atlanta metropolitan area, who transplanted to the Northeast region for college, and now lives in South Sudan. She writes the stories that she always loved to read as a young girl.
She prefers tales of adventure, magic, fellowship and courtship – in other words high fantasy. But she’s not adverse to the occasional contemporary fantasy coming her way. Sometimes you’ll see cloaks, daggers, independent and strong girls, independent and strong guys, sweet and soft spoken girls, sweet and soft spoken guys, markets, cute guys, sparkly magic and irritatingly know-it-all boys. The book she’s currently working on is SWORN TO RAISE, the first in the Courtlight series.
Outside of writing, she’s a international development professional with a penchant for Starbucks.
Who is your favorite author?
What do you think makes a good story?
Action, Adventure, and Magic
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
At first a veterinarian – then a diplomat.
What are your favorite TV shows?
Scandal and Grimm
What are you passionate about these days?
Ensuring that people around the world have access to basic services and goods.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?
Night person; If I don’t get a cup of coffee and at least a good fifteen minutes to myself to check email I get cranky in the morning.
What makes you happy?
Reading and friendship.
You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you'll buy?
A condo in Washington D.C.
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