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?
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.
Red Madrassa presents the reader with a fairly straightforward fantasy. The reader is introduced to several main characters, of whom Allorna seems to be the predominant. When Allorna and her friend, Sidomo rescue Maride from prison they set off a chain of events as unexpected as it is impulsive. Along the way they meet up with Sitara and Vedaris. I enjoyed meeting the different characters and their various races and backgrounds. Vedaris especially added a snarky feel to the story. I would have appreciated more detail about the world and the characters, I like lots of details in my fantasies, especially when they take place in a different world. The plot centers around Allorna's efforts to help Maride clear his name of the crime of which he has been accused, but when the teenagers end up at Red Madrassa, a school where children learn to harness and use their various powers. The book has plenty of magic with some interesting plot developments. I look forward to reading the coming sequel.
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