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?
I received Red Madrassa as part of the tour hosted by Kathy@ Book Blast and Blog Tours in return for an honest review.. Five very different people are tossed together as they all arrive at the Madrassa for the last day of recruitment. All are given a unique test specific to who they are. They all pass their tests, and then assigned to live together at the Gatehouse because they weren’t expected. Allorna is a guardian in training but with the help of her best friend Sidimo they free Maride whose accused murder. They also are rooming with Vedaris who’s a dragon but without a dragon form who’s been outcast from his kind. Then there is Sitara whose a water being with a connection to the wind who’s had her own issues.
They all have their own class lists to choose from each catered to their own craft. I found Sitara’s adventures in school the most interesting, learning about the air, she even is assigned to a pegasi who’s a bit of a diva but who wouldn’t want to work with a pegasi. My heart went out to Vedaris for his story before arriving at the Madrassa he’s not had an easy life being a dragon without a dragon form can’t be easy. As the group live together they start to form friendships even connecting. They all are looking for something more, even hiding from the past, and sometimes the past catches up with you.
Red Madrassa reminds me a lot of Harry Potter but with a lord of the rings twist which makes the story unique and entertaining. I love how the author created a little group of characters who we get to know really well, even connecting with several of them. It’s almost as if the characters are created so that everyone would be able to connect with at least one of them. I really enjoyed reading about all their adventures at school, and the mystery that surrounds the characters. I found the concept captivating it was hard to put down, I had to know what was going to happen next. I like that it’s a clean book that teens as well as adults will enjoy plus the foundation isn't about typical YA romance. The Red Madrassa is a true fantasy book in every meaning of the word. I look forward to reading more in the series it’s a great start to what I see will be fantastic series.
4 out of 5 Stars
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.
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