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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
The Accidental Education is book 2 in Kos Play’s System School series. To us, the Los Angeles Times is just an old newspaper building. But its age and history mean it has another use. Unknown to mere mortals, those of the non-magical world, the place is a front for a magic school called The Academy. Here Melvin and Kalli are about to embark on their newest adventure, learning to harness their powers. But secrets and discoveries lie in their future, they have much to learn, and the clock is still ticking.
Not having read the first book in the series, I did feel a little lost as to the way things were, but it's written in such a manner that a reader can easily follow along with the story and details become clearer as the plot progresses. I love how the magic world exists within the non-magical, and how Kos Play explained things such as train delays as occurring when a magical presence affects the non-magical. It was well thought out. The mixture of development and action, discovery and adventure is perfectly paced to ensure the reader feels fully immersed in both the world and characters. The magic system had a lot of thought into how it worked, and discovering this through the characters’ trials and errors ensured it avoided the typical textbook descriptions some books employ. As a gamer, LitRPG is one of my favorite genres, and The Accidental Education hit a sweet spot between urban fantasy and Lit RPG. This book has so much to offer for gamers and fantasy lovers alike. Drama, insecurity, and jealousy meet epic fantasy creatures, magic, and adventure in a coming-of-age journey that will leave you wanting more.