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In a world where magic is a science, Siobhan Naught is a genius. But even geniuses need schooling. Siobhan has just been banned from the country's only magical university. As the unwitting accomplice to the theft of a priceless magical artifact, she has suddenly become a wanted criminal. There are fates worse than death, and if caught, she will face them. Unwilling to give u In a world where magic is a science, Siobhan Naught is a genius. But even geniuses need schooling. Siobhan has just been banned from the country's only magical university. As the unwitting accomplice to the theft of a priceless magical artifact, she has suddenly become a wanted criminal. There are fates worse than death, and if caught, she will face them. Unwilling to give up on her dream of becoming the world's most powerful sorcerer, she resolves to do whatever it takes to change her fate. Even if it means magically disguising herself as a boy and indebting herself to a gang of criminals to pay for University tuition. With the coppers after her, the pressure of trying to keep her spot in the devilishly competitive magic classes, and the gang calling in favors to repay her debts, Siobhan will need every drop of magic she can channel.


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In a world where magic is a science, Siobhan Naught is a genius. But even geniuses need schooling. Siobhan has just been banned from the country's only magical university. As the unwitting accomplice to the theft of a priceless magical artifact, she has suddenly become a wanted criminal. There are fates worse than death, and if caught, she will face them. Unwilling to give u In a world where magic is a science, Siobhan Naught is a genius. But even geniuses need schooling. Siobhan has just been banned from the country's only magical university. As the unwitting accomplice to the theft of a priceless magical artifact, she has suddenly become a wanted criminal. There are fates worse than death, and if caught, she will face them. Unwilling to give up on her dream of becoming the world's most powerful sorcerer, she resolves to do whatever it takes to change her fate. Even if it means magically disguising herself as a boy and indebting herself to a gang of criminals to pay for University tuition. With the coppers after her, the pressure of trying to keep her spot in the devilishly competitive magic classes, and the gang calling in favors to repay her debts, Siobhan will need every drop of magic she can channel.

30 review for A Conjuring of Ravens: A Magepunk Progression Fantasy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ozsaur

    Yes, there are flaws, but I enjoyed this book so much, I'm not going to pick it apart. I'll leave it to other reviewers to do that. Or you can read the book and decide for yourself. The book spent a lot of time describing the magic system, and actually showing magical spells. I loved it! Like the main character, Siobhan, the more I found out, the more I wanted to know. Some readers might have found those parts boring, but I didn't. Siobhan wants nothing more than to go to the University, and learn Yes, there are flaws, but I enjoyed this book so much, I'm not going to pick it apart. I'll leave it to other reviewers to do that. Or you can read the book and decide for yourself. The book spent a lot of time describing the magic system, and actually showing magical spells. I loved it! Like the main character, Siobhan, the more I found out, the more I wanted to know. Some readers might have found those parts boring, but I didn't. Siobhan wants nothing more than to go to the University, and learn magic. She already has some training and natural talent, but without an education, she'll never achieve her dream of being the greatest sorceress she can be. But her good-for-nothing father steals a valuable grimoire, and Siobhan has to flee from the law. She still has one chance to grab her dream, but she has to make an expensive deal that puts her in just as much danger as the stolen book. I liked Siobhan a lot! She was arrogant, judgmental, smart, ambitious, and a whole lot of other things you rarely see in fantasy novels. She's not exactly nice, but she's not hateful or cruel either. She just has a lot of confidence in herself, and her abilities. With good reason - part of the magic system relies on Will, and if you don't have the confidence to make magic work, then tough luck. The universe was dark, and dystopian. Those who have, have almost everything. The oppressed are kept in poverty. A group of people are trying to change that, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.

  2. 4 out of 5

    William Howe

    immature world building The writing is good. Clean prose, good dialogue. But the world building is inconsistent and attempts to add modern concepts to a fantasy medieval setting without considering the impact of said concepts. For instance, the economy. First, gold is stated to be valuable, and useable in magic spells. Then, gold coins struck by the state have a spell preventing them from being counterfeited (?), and *to preserve their value* (!!?!). Then the MC borrows 1,000 gold for a single sem immature world building The writing is good. Clean prose, good dialogue. But the world building is inconsistent and attempts to add modern concepts to a fantasy medieval setting without considering the impact of said concepts. For instance, the economy. First, gold is stated to be valuable, and useable in magic spells. Then, gold coins struck by the state have a spell preventing them from being counterfeited (?), and *to preserve their value* (!!?!). Then the MC borrows 1,000 gold for a single semester at the magic college (!). Then the MC notes that a “common laborer” makes 100 gold in 4 months…so the financial portion of the world is not well understood and far too present (this all happens in the first 1/4 of the book). There is also the fact that entry to the magic college is expensive, difficult, and largely only achievable by nobles and the wealthy. But she uses a magic chamber pot and a magic bathtub. And there are several magic devices in the hands of common thugs. But you have to graduate the magic college to be licensed to practice magic, and there are strict laws. But I can’t conceive of a noble or wealthy person making a chamber pot… Essentially, rules for the world are broken almost as soon as they are established. Or simple, inescapable logic is ignored because narrative (one character is worried about being followed so he turns *his horse* into an alley and changes his cloak and puts on a mask. Meanwhile, he is *riding a horse through a poor area of town*!!!). Yeah, so…I stopped reading. I get ‘magic’, and ‘things work different’, and ‘fantasy’. But the story lacks *internal* consistency. Suspension of disbelief only works so long as I can then believe things *in the story*. DNF

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Not as interesting as I wanted it to be

  4. 4 out of 5

    Timi B

    I am not continuing with this eventual series (Vol.2 due 2022) because the plot points are going to be spread over prolly 8 books with the bulk of the pages filled with magic system minutiae. I'm used to melodrama being used a filler so I only recognized the pages and pages of magic details for what it was upon reaching the book's ending, which was like an Episode ending of a Netflix Limited Series. I asked myself what use was all that detail? The bulk of it wasn't essential to appreciate the mag I am not continuing with this eventual series (Vol.2 due 2022) because the plot points are going to be spread over prolly 8 books with the bulk of the pages filled with magic system minutiae. I'm used to melodrama being used a filler so I only recognized the pages and pages of magic details for what it was upon reaching the book's ending, which was like an Episode ending of a Netflix Limited Series. I asked myself what use was all that detail? The bulk of it wasn't essential to appreciate the magic that actually was deployed. And, while I like the magic and the MC and the Main Sorcerous Professor, clearly the author's going to tease the hell out of it, so, no, I'll enjoy imagining for myself various resolutions instead.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Scott

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wasn’t what I hoped it would be. It spends a lot of time describing the magic system which I thought was going to be enjoyable. Unfortunately, it falls short and just becomes a chore to read through every little detail of each spell. I spent a lot of time waiting for something exciting to happen since the first adrenaline rush in the beginning and wasn’t satiated until the last quarter of the book (and even that was lackluster). I appreciate Azalea’s hard work in writing this book and I don’t wan Wasn’t what I hoped it would be. It spends a lot of time describing the magic system which I thought was going to be enjoyable. Unfortunately, it falls short and just becomes a chore to read through every little detail of each spell. I spent a lot of time waiting for something exciting to happen since the first adrenaline rush in the beginning and wasn’t satiated until the last quarter of the book (and even that was lackluster). I appreciate Azalea’s hard work in writing this book and I don’t want to completely crap all over it, but I honestly expected more from it. When 50% of the pages are all Siobhan’s classes and brewing potions, it becomes somewhat boring. The classes don’t really add much to the world. The few moments of the book where you get “lore dumps” are mostly, “we don’t know much” then proceeds to list a bunch of “what if’s” and “maybes”. All that being said, I have purchased the second book and would like to see where it goes from here. I’m hoping the series picks up because this first book was not anything I thought it would be. Let’s hope I’m not disappointed again.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan May

    This was a wonderful read. The author did a great job with the characters & there is plenty of magic. This is a new author for me & I do believe I have another series to read. Siobhan and her father steal a magical book. Her father is caught & goes to jail. Meanwhile Siobhan has nothing with her so she has to return to their room for her things. She knows the coppers will be watching for her so she has to break in. Of course as she is preparing to leave the coppers realize she's there and she goe This was a wonderful read. The author did a great job with the characters & there is plenty of magic. This is a new author for me & I do believe I have another series to read. Siobhan and her father steal a magical book. Her father is caught & goes to jail. Meanwhile Siobhan has nothing with her so she has to return to their room for her things. She knows the coppers will be watching for her so she has to break in. Of course as she is preparing to leave the coppers realize she's there and she goes out a window and runs. She gets help from a stranger but still thinks she will get caught. She didn't know the capabilities of a magical medallion in the book. It turned her into a boy so she was able to hide in plain sight. Siobhan has dreams of becoming a great Sorcerer and she won't let anything stop her/him. As she struggles to pay for school & learn she will face many obstacles a long the way. She also learns that her father does not have her best interests in mind. A great read & the narrator was fabulous. Can't wait for book 2.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ace

    Have you heard of Gaslamp Fantasy? Gaslamp fantasy, also called gaslight fantasy, is Steampunk's more magically-inclined cousin. It's a subgenre of fantasy (and more specifically of Historical Fantasy) with a setting that is clearly recognizable as the real-world 19th or very early 20th century (or a reasonable analogue thereof) This story is a remarkable tale that gives off such a vibe. The Era is reminiscent of what the 1800s would have looked like had they happened on a world quite unlike Earth Have you heard of Gaslamp Fantasy? Gaslamp fantasy, also called gaslight fantasy, is Steampunk's more magically-inclined cousin. It's a subgenre of fantasy (and more specifically of Historical Fantasy) with a setting that is clearly recognizable as the real-world 19th or very early 20th century (or a reasonable analogue thereof) This story is a remarkable tale that gives off such a vibe. The Era is reminiscent of what the 1800s would have looked like had they happened on a world quite unlike Earth, with a solidly fleshed out system of magic that I define as hard magic. Of course this story is not set on Earth. Or at least it’s implied. It could indeed be set on Earth in the far future or past with a changed name. We simply don’t know. Anyways, it’s a good read. If you liked what I described above. Give it a shot.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Macmartin

    A different magic school story. Large divide between rich and poor. People who live on the boundary between law and criminal. Interesting takes on the difference between how people perceive themselves vs how others perceive them. Minor flaw that a significant aspect of her transformation was never explored. Takes the time to explore magic, the society, characters, and her gradually changing perception of the world. Clearly first book of a series. Some might think an arbitrary stopping point, but A different magic school story. Large divide between rich and poor. People who live on the boundary between law and criminal. Interesting takes on the difference between how people perceive themselves vs how others perceive them. Minor flaw that a significant aspect of her transformation was never explored. Takes the time to explore magic, the society, characters, and her gradually changing perception of the world. Clearly first book of a series. Some might think an arbitrary stopping point, but it’s when she’s made a mental shift. Moving on to the next book now, even though I have another book already lined up in my queue.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cali

    4.5. A fun and interesting magic system ,a creative twist on gender swap, cool science ideas like the spontaneous generation experiments from the 1600’s, and all the humor that arises from imperfect information in an investigation. (I.e. the bad guy must be super powerful and dangerous and who knows what they’re doing next because they’re so scary and impressive vs said bad guy freaking out because they don’t know anything, didn’t mean to do anything in the first place, and everything is spirali 4.5. A fun and interesting magic system ,a creative twist on gender swap, cool science ideas like the spontaneous generation experiments from the 1600’s, and all the humor that arises from imperfect information in an investigation. (I.e. the bad guy must be super powerful and dangerous and who knows what they’re doing next because they’re so scary and impressive vs said bad guy freaking out because they don’t know anything, didn’t mean to do anything in the first place, and everything is spiraling out of control) I also really like a lot of the ideas brought up in and about education. They’re fun to think about.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angela Roberts

    This is the story I wanted! Someone here made several good points about the ways this book is a truly refreshing change from Harry Potter. Ill add this, in addition to the serious world building and time spent on science, there's the admonition to think for one's self and to question everything. Siobhan wants to study, revels in knowledge and gets excited by new and\or challenging ideas. She's invested (no pun intended). Want a good book that is less fairy tale and more reality? Read on. This is the story I wanted! Someone here made several good points about the ways this book is a truly refreshing change from Harry Potter. Ill add this, in addition to the serious world building and time spent on science, there's the admonition to think for one's self and to question everything. Siobhan wants to study, revels in knowledge and gets excited by new and\or challenging ideas. She's invested (no pun intended). Want a good book that is less fairy tale and more reality? Read on.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tochi Ubesie

    3.5 stars Very intriguing and I loved how the Mc is actually intelligent and applies it well howevver there was just too much information/detail about the magical workings. It's not as if we are actually being taught how to cast magic. A basic understanding is all that is needed but I suppose it's aptly named as a guide. 3.5 stars Very intriguing and I loved how the Mc is actually intelligent and applies it well howevver there was just too much information/detail about the magical workings. It's not as if we are actually being taught how to cast magic. A basic understanding is all that is needed but I suppose it's aptly named as a guide.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Landon

    Exceptional story, this is a must read. Despite all of the events that happen at the start of the book, I did not find it interesting or exciting, the magic in this book is just not a fun read for me, but the story makes up for it. The story picked up for me after around the 15% mark, after that I was drawn in.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heath Rogers

    What a great story. Interesting and fully fleshed out characters, an absorbing storyline and a new method of magic. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be getting the next one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael Martini

    An unpredictable thoughtful read A time and place which is new and exciting After countless stories which are predictable This has an excellent cast of characters I highly recommend

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Wow Another good series that's definitely going to be with the wait. Loved the book I just wish it was longer. I also wish I had discovered it after more books in the series had been release. February 2022 can't come fast enough Wow Another good series that's definitely going to be with the wait. Loved the book I just wish it was longer. I also wish I had discovered it after more books in the series had been release. February 2022 can't come fast enough

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bethlaiymail.Com

    A will to succeed Siobhan must find away to overcome her father’s treachery and meet the demands of her new life so she can become the magical person she new she was meant to be

  17. 5 out of 5

    David Wiley

    This is a really good book. The MC is seriously engaging, and well written. Overall it’s worth reading and worth waiting for the 2nd book. Though it will be a long wait according to kindle.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    DNF. Siobhan’s internal thoughts constantly intruding are really annoying.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mrgana Wyze

    Great book! I loved the magical system in this world. Great characters and a fast paced story caught and kept my attention. I highly recommend this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Silvita Wake

    After I finished this book, i immediately purchased the sequel because I could not stand the idea of not continuing to read this story. It is incredibly intelligent with a sophisticated magic system that gets told in a way that I feel I could become a sorceress in this realm. I love the characters with all their flaws and misgivings. This book has all I could ask for. A great and well-rounded universe, a commentary on the need for the rich to keep the poor in their place for fear of losing their After I finished this book, i immediately purchased the sequel because I could not stand the idea of not continuing to read this story. It is incredibly intelligent with a sophisticated magic system that gets told in a way that I feel I could become a sorceress in this realm. I love the characters with all their flaws and misgivings. This book has all I could ask for. A great and well-rounded universe, a commentary on the need for the rich to keep the poor in their place for fear of losing their power, and a possibly unintentionally display of how men get treated differently than women. I give this book a 9.8/10, for the completely arbitrary reason of not enough romance. I truly cannot wait to read through the sequel and I want to join this author's Patreon so I can get information on the 3rd book of this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Edward Barss

    Great book! I felt that the author had a plan and things flowed logically from start to finish. Moreover, the changes in perspective didn't leave me uninterested or wanting to skip to the next chapter. Definitely recommended! Great book! I felt that the author had a plan and things flowed logically from start to finish. Moreover, the changes in perspective didn't leave me uninterested or wanting to skip to the next chapter. Definitely recommended!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ed

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kassandra

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  25. 5 out of 5

    Phil

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hawk

  27. 4 out of 5

    William

  28. 4 out of 5

    Max

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erin Brennan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aeokie

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