Juan Ramos Ramos itibaren Voznesenskiy, Tulskaya oblast', Rusya, 301982
The publishers and reviewers likened this to an adult Harry Potter but I don't agree. Other than the fact that both lead characters attend a magical school there are few similarities. This author managed to make magic seem dull and tedious. Harry Potter at it's heart is for the most part lighthearted and fun. Even when bad things were happening to the characters there was always a sense of hope and that good will prevail over evil. This book is neither lighthearted nor fun. This is a much darker novel and although it was a somewhat interesting read, it left me a feeling a little hollow. None of the characters were fully developed. I was unsatisfied with the ending and the lead character wasn't very likeable. I didn't understand or identify with his angst. I just found it annoying. The author spent two-thirds of the novel on the school but to me that was the least interesting part. The last part of the book was the most interesting but it felt a little rushed. After reading this I was left with the feeling that the author could have done a lot more with the premise. This book definitely falls under the category of read only if you really love books about magic and saw it in the used book store or in the remainder bin.
Unremarkable, but the cover was amusing.