The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin

Books of Unexpected Enlightenment Book 1

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The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin
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Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts – A magic school like no other!

Nestled amidst the beauty of New York’s Hudson Highlands and hidden from the eyes of the Unwary, Roanoke Academy is a place of magic and wonder. It offers everything a young sorceress could desire—enchantments, flying brooms, and the promise of new friendships.

On her first day of school, Rachel Griffin discovers her perfect memory gives her an unexpected advantage. With it, she can see through the spell sorcerers use to hide their secrets. Very soon, she discovers that there is a far-vaster secret world hiding from the Wise, precisely the same way that the magical folk hide from the mundane folk.

When someone tries to kill a fellow student, she investigates. Rushing forward where others fear to tread, Rachel bravely faces wraiths, embarrassing magical pranks, mysterious older boys, a Raven that brings the doom of worlds, and at least one fire-breathing teacher.

Described by fans as: “Lovecraft meets Narnia at Hogwarts”, The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin is a tale of wonder and danger, romance and heartbreak, and, most of all, of magic and of a girl who refuses to be daunted.

Curiosity may kill a cat, but nothing stops Rachel Griffin!

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Book Author

L. Jagi Lamplighter


Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts – A magic school like no other!

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  1. Johnemery Konecsni (verified owner)

    Imagine the end of Harry Potter — you know, where the school is under full assault, things are blowing up, students are fighting, and great beasts are tramping around? — only as the prologue. There’s a dragon, and possession, and hordes of the possessed out to slaughter the school. There’s even an evil math tutor (Moriarty, anyone?). I was expecting a few lines from Maleficent, but not this time.

    Rachel Griffen is 13 years old, in Roanoke Academy for magic, in New York, English royalty in a new world, with classmates from all over the world. This alone puts it head and shoulders above the next nearest competitor, which treated America as a nonexistent land in the world of magic.

    Chief among her new acquaintances is Sigfried Smith, who comes with a background of a Dickens character, and all the psychology that should come with it. (Oliver Twist is less fiction and more fantasy, orphans in the system aren’t that cute.) Siggy is an acquired taste. But he grows on you. Then there’s the magical princess of magical Australia.

    And then we’re off to the races.

    The easiest way to review this is to compare it to Harry Potter. It’s not fair … to Harry Potter. Don’t get me wrong, while I did enjoy the books, the world of Harry Potter was so narrow and confined, you never really got the sense of the larger world. What did it look like?

    The nice thing about this is that we get the perspective of someone who lives in the world of magic, excluding the Stranger in a Strange Land effect.

    That’s right, unlike Rowling, who relied on the tried and true “Alice in Wonderland” variety of dropping an outsider into a new world, make them the primary narrator, and explain it to the narrator and the audience, Jagi has managed to make a complete world, encompassing every question one might have about how things work. We haven’t gotten to the economic system yet, but I suspect that that’s soon.

    And instead of three primary characters, excluding almost all others (let’s face it, Neville Longbottom was a punching bag until he became a sword swinging badass out of nowhere), there are friends and acquaintances all over the place. There are mean girls, certainly, but nothing fits into the nice, neat little boxes that Rowling jammed her characters into. There is no one house of “obviously villainy” here.

    Sure, there are plenty of ominous characters. There’s a Victor von Dread, who I expect to talk in all caps about Latveria. There’s a Salome Iscariot, who worried the heck out of me from the moment she was introduced. The characters are vividly drawn, and deeper than you’d expect.

    The short version is that this book is awesome, and you need to buy it and read it today. Just click here. You won’t regret it.

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  2. Ruth Johnston (verified owner)

    I’m not a typical reader of this genre—that is, not a Harry Potter fan, nor into reading about magic or magic schools. But after I tried this first Rachel Griffin book, I went on to read the next four in the series. The stories and people are just so intelligent—so clever, and at the same time, gradually revealing more depth. It’s a large world, one that can be shown only as “a keyhole looking into Versailles,” and one that seems to grow with each story. As Rachel’s and her friends’ powers grow, she is confronted by increasingly complicated moral questions to solve. It’s a rewarding series with a lot of fun along the way!

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  3. Erin Furby (verified owner)

    This book is a fun introduction to a rich and complex member of the Magic School subgenre. The Unexpected Enlightenment series is great for precocious tweens/early teens and those who remember what it felt like to be young. This first installment is a quick adventure into the beginning of a new school year where magic is everywhere and the most extraordinary young members of the magical world all attend Roanoke Academy, the place to educate heroes and villains.

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  4. Ginger G (verified owner)

    Fun book for middle school or high school aged kids, but also fun for adults who enjoy YA stories. Good world building, a fun magic system, and characters that grow throughout the story. The author has a sense of humor. The whole series is good. There is a website associated with this series that is interesting, especially if you enjoy role playing games.

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  5. Timothy Pelham (verified owner)

    An excellent read, drawing on the best of fiction, legend and myth to bring together a story with engaging, lovable characters, and a narrative and wholesome themes that just leap from the pages.

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  6. Mark Whipple (verified owner)

    A fantastic book with a great main character. The world is complex and the magic some of the coolest I’ve read.

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  7. James Flax (verified owner)

    A charming and delightful book, reminiscent of C.S. Lewis at his best. L. Jagi has created a wonderful world with hints of a hidden darkness that leaves the reader eager for more. She is one of the best new voices in fantasy and I eagerly await future releases. Give yourself a touch of joy and read this book.

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