Wedding Hells (Schooled in Magic #8) by Christopher Nuttall
My rating: 6 out of 10 stars
After her victory over Master Grey, Emily wants nothing more than to relax and give herself time to recover from the duel. Her magic, pushed to the limits, is no longer reliable, forcing her to learn to control it from scratch. Every time she delays using her magic, she risks headaches … or worse. But she must return to Whitehall to complete her fourth-year exams and bid farewell to those of her friends who are not returning for fifth year. And then, she must return to Zangaria to play her role in Princess Alassa’s wedding to Jade. It seems, if nothing else, a brief diversion before she goes off on a tour of the Allied Lands.
But all is not well in Zangaria and the kingdom is fast approaching a major crisis. Junior aristocrats are demanding their rights and titles from the king, while King Randor himself is dangerously unstable and hiding a secret that could spark off a civil war … and the peasants are threatening to revolt. Emily herself is isolated, unsure how to balance her obligations to her closest friends with her belief in freedom, justice and democracy.
I have somewhat dreaded to write this review. This is not at all a bad book from a literary point of view. It is however not at all my kind of story and since this is a personal review I am afraid that I cannot give it such a high rating as I normally give books from this author.
Almost all of the book is dedicated to the wedding mentioned in the book blurb and interpersonal relations between Emily and her friends as well as some people not so much being her friends. When she is not engaged in these matters the book delves into various intrigues and political machinations, including people uprising and revolutions, to overthrow the kingdom.
Also, Mr. Nuttall has once again gone down the path of tearing down the wonderful magical world that he has built.
None of this is exactly my cup of tea. Far from it.
At the very end when things heat up quite a lot the outcome is, as far as I am concerned, rather tragic. At least for Emily but I dare say the outlook for Zangaria as a whole looks rather bleak.
I am afraid that this book, although having the same quality as Mr. Nuttall’s other books as far as writing, characters etc. goes, did not give me the same enjoyment as his books usually do.