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School of the Ages: The Ghost in the Crystal (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Matt Posner , Mike Cohen

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America's greatest magic school is New York City's School of the Ages. Simon is a teen from Queens, New York. When he answers an advertisement in a magazine, the South Wind shows up at his door to introduce him to a world of adventure, power, and tragedy that feels both strange and right: ghosts, elementals, time travel, magic duels, teen romance, sacrifice, and ultimate loss. The evil spirit of a bitter and scheming heretic from ancient Alexandria attacks him and forces him to risk everything in order to save his soul. Kids and adults won't stop reading -- The Ghost in the Crystal.

Editorial Reviews:
"There is a strong Jewish and biblical current, but it's about magic rather than religion, and the magic is impressive. I got the feeling I was attending the school by correspondence, and that the magic was authentic. A seemingly dull curriculum turns out to be otherwise. Simon has friends and enemies and aspires to romance as he struggles to make his way. This is good reading." -- Piers Anthony, world-famous fantasy author

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 510 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 328 Seiten
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0047GMH5E
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Review of "School of the Ages: The Ghost in the Crystal" 17. Oktober 2010
Von James Rogauskas - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a stunning, original book...I read it in two sittings, and was severely annoyed at being pulled away. The characters were well-drawn, engaging, and diverse--the plot enthralling and fresh...pleasantly unpredictable, and masterfully portrayed. It also presents magic from several different cultural traditions, not as a gimmick but with scholarly accuracy--Mr. Posner shows a comprehension and sensitivity to diverse traditions that are rooted in history and still in practice today. This is perhaps the most educational work of "fiction" I've read since "The Bordeaux Narrative." This is a very rich book, best read slowly and enjoyed more than once...there is pleasure to be found in additional readings. I found myself reflecting fondly upon the characters and remembering episodes from the book for weeks after my reading. The book is meticulously plotted, and I look eagerly forward to reading future installments! Mr. Posner is a gifted author, and his future works will be worth seeking out.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely Delightful Book 29. März 2014
Von Paula A. Howard - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
School of the Ages: The Ghost in the Crystal is the 1st book in a series about a magic school in New York. Simon is from Queens and answers an ad for a school of magic. The school has combined with a Jewish Cabala School. I loved that the readers learns a little about Jewish Cabala and the difference between Orthodox and Chasidic Jews. Simon's nemsis is a Chasidic Jew named Mermelstein.
Simon from the begininng of arriving finds that a spirit has attached himself to Simon. Simon gathers friends and even Mermelstein to help him free himself.
The Ghost in the Crystal has obviously, magic but also overtones of religion, friendship, loyalty, a fieldtrip to ancient Alexandria, love found and lost.
Great book and look forward to the rest of the series. My middle school kids will love this book. Going to try to get is as part of the Renaissance Excellerated Reading program.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Masterpiece in Every Sense of the Word 13. November 2010
Von John Beck - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
This book is one of those rare gems, that once you read it, you realize you want it on your bookcase forever. It is one of those books that can be read at many levels and appreciated by many different kinds of audiences. Mr. Posner creates an engaging story written by a master craftsman. As an adult, I am amazed at his prowess of creating such a masterpiece as his first published book. His language, style, dialogue and plot combined with his descriptive abilities draw you quickly into the book and suddenly you are immersed into a world where magic exists in a real world. This is quite a novel concept that Mr. Posner exploits to great advantage. When my young son is of age, I will encourage him to read this book, because he will be enthralled with it also and I look forward to sharing the life lessons Mr. Posner has based his book on. Mr. Posner is a classic writer who has turned his skills to give his audience an enjoyable and valuable book that will be treasured for many years to come. And I understand there is a sequel in the works which can't be released soon enough.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen JK Rowling? No. Srsly Rowling. 1. Juli 2013
Von Mike Reeves-McMillan - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I went in deliberate search of indie urban fantasy on Google and Amazon, and found a number of possibilities. This was the first one I tried, and it was excellent.

Any book about a magic school will inevitably be compared to Harry Potter, so let's get that out of the way first. The difference between the two is that Harry Potter is built on the basis of whimsy. Apart from about half the magical creatures, it doesn't draw on much prior art from myth, legend, history, literature or historical people who believed they were practicing magic. It makes it all up out of whimsical whole cloth. This is a strength as well as a weakness, and probably helped its widespread appeal, but it introduces a note of silliness that's hard to ignore, even among the very dark material.

School of the Ages is not whimsical. The magic is based on medieval and renaissance beliefs about magic, including the Jewish practice of cabala. The school is in New York, and is combined with a Jewish cabala school, and the initial antagonist, the Malfoy character, if you like, is a Chasidic Jew with the wonderful name of Mermelstein.

The tone is serious, and so are the characters. The quarter-Indian, quarter-Jewish, quarter-Hispanic, quarter-English first-person protagonist is a very serious young man. He's a young man who wants to fight his own battles, even when he probably shouldn't, and his mentor, while annoyed at this, puts up with it. I think this is because he has enough experience teaching young people to know when they won't be talked out of something. Of course, that leads to problems, which the main character confronts with the help of his friends, well-drawn characters with their own quirks and motivations.

It doesn't all go well. In fact, it goes tragically. That's all I'll say, because more would be a spoiler. There's hope amid the tragedy, though, and it's the kind of tragedy that matures the people who go through it.

Early on, one of the teachers says, "To master the skills we teach here requires great mental and emotional stability." This is something that's missing from a lot of "young wizards" stories, including Harry Potter, who never did concentrate properly on his occlumency. In far too many fantasy stories, kids develop powers not by practice and training and mental discipline, but suddenly and spontaneously in a crisis (because they're the Chosen One, usually). This leaves them free to be angsty, erratic and explosive all the rest of the time. This isn't how you gain skills in real life. Training and mental discipline, and emotional stability, are also a big emphasis in traditions like cabala, so this gives the magic an authentic feel that's often missing in this kind of story. It also means that, while the main character certainly feels powerful emotion, he's not an emotional loose cannon like so many young heroes. He can't afford to be.

The writing is competent. I found eleven errors in the whole book, and all of them were the kind that I would have blamed on the typesetter back in my professional editing days, when typesetters still roamed the earth. Someone's done a find-and-replace and messed it up, resulting in quotations that end like this:

,". Tinker

instead of:

," said Tinker

That accounts for five out of the eleven typos I found, and the remainder were even more minor.

When I finished this book, somewhat shocked by the emotional power of the ending, I immediately bought the next one, and even though I have other books I've committed to review, I'm reading it because I really want to know what happens next.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I. Loved. This. Book. 7. Juli 2012
Von Laurie Laliberte - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
From page one, I was hooked. The pace was fast enough to draw me in, but slow enough to hold my attention and allow me to lose myself. It doesn't surprise me that there isn't a single bad review posted.

I originally wanted to read it because I knew it was about a group of students who attend a magic school. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and I honestly wouldn't have minded if The Ghost in the Crystal turned out to be a Potterclone. Let me tell you right now: it is not.

You will find the similarities to the Harry Potter world simply because of the subject matter, but this book stands on its own as a great story that is worth telling. The storyline is solid. The dialogue is natural. You feel the events as you read them.

The only frustration I have right now is that I can't go directly into reading the second volume because I'm too busy with other projects at this moment. Rest assured, SoTA2 is at the top of my list the second I have a minute to breathe.

Are you still here? What are you waiting for? Buy the book already!
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