Review: The Apprentice by Rachel E. Carter

apprenticeApprentice (The Black Mage #2)
by Rachel E. Carter

She survived a trial year at the Academy of Magic, but that was the easy part…

Now sixteen-year-old Ryiah is an apprentice of Combat, her school’s most notorious faction. When she finishes, she will be a war mage, but in order to do so, she has to survive four years traveling across Jerar, training with a master she hates, her old nemesis, Priscilla, and Prince Darren, her sometimes-rival sometimes… more?

Ry’s new apprenticeship is nothing like what she prepared for. War is on the horizon and her lessons aren’t just for practice anymore.

It’s time to fight.


Ryiah is now an Apprentice, a surprising feat, considering only five first years were to be accepted in Combat faction. Now Ry must prove her worth throughout the year, joining mock battles, winning strategies and going to war with the regiment, while fighting another war inside her heart. All this while making sure she and her twin brother wouldn’t end up dead when the rebels and enemies of the Crown attack.

Now this is the second book that surpassed my expectations. I was worried The Apprentice would fall short after the success and intensity of First Year which I absolutely loved. Now all my worries for all for naught. Although Darren, you wretched prince, you almost gave me a heart attack! This second book is way better, faster in pace, more action packed and definitely more deadly than the first book. Rachel E. Carter surprised the hell out of me.

The Apprentice reminded me of Hunger Games (girl power, ya’ll), The Selection (Ryiah can’t make up her mind, just like America!), The Iron King (Darren, are you some kind of Ash’s reincarnation?), Harry Potter (Ella is Hermione in my opinion and Byron is Severus Snape, ha!) and Percy Jackson (just because of all the lightning effects).

So you can see, I am greatly entertained and thoroughly pleased with how this book turned out. I loved that it covered all four years of apprenticeship and the romance side of the story was well-thought of, not rushed, not instantaneous. I can’t contain my excitement for book 3! Bring on The Candidate, baby!!!




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