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The future has amazing technology. Our alien allies have magic. Together, we are building a training system to teach the best of humanity to go to the stars. But the training is monumentally expensive. Stephanie Morgana is a genius, she just doesn't know it. The Artificial Intelligence which runs the Virtual World is charged with testing Stephanie, a task it has ne The future has amazing technology. Our alien allies have magic. Together, we are building a training system to teach the best of humanity to go to the stars. But the training is monumentally expensive. Stephanie Morgana is a genius, she just doesn't know it. The Artificial Intelligence which runs the Virtual World is charged with testing Stephanie, a task it has never performed before. The Earth and their allies, may never be the same again. Will Stephanie pass the test and be moved to the advanced preparatory schools, or will the system miss her? Will the AI be able to judge a human's potential in an area where it has no existing test data to compare? Scroll UP and click Read Now or Read for Free to learn the history of the Federations first human Witch! PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A LARGE BOOK. The Federal History Project (We Bring the Federation’s Past to the Present(TM)) will release this as three mini-volumes sometime in the future (as we have the opportunity.) There are approximately 185,000 words in this Volume.


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The future has amazing technology. Our alien allies have magic. Together, we are building a training system to teach the best of humanity to go to the stars. But the training is monumentally expensive. Stephanie Morgana is a genius, she just doesn't know it. The Artificial Intelligence which runs the Virtual World is charged with testing Stephanie, a task it has ne The future has amazing technology. Our alien allies have magic. Together, we are building a training system to teach the best of humanity to go to the stars. But the training is monumentally expensive. Stephanie Morgana is a genius, she just doesn't know it. The Artificial Intelligence which runs the Virtual World is charged with testing Stephanie, a task it has never performed before. The Earth and their allies, may never be the same again. Will Stephanie pass the test and be moved to the advanced preparatory schools, or will the system miss her? Will the AI be able to judge a human's potential in an area where it has no existing test data to compare? Scroll UP and click Read Now or Read for Free to learn the history of the Federations first human Witch! PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A LARGE BOOK. The Federal History Project (We Bring the Federation’s Past to the Present(TM)) will release this as three mini-volumes sometime in the future (as we have the opportunity.) There are approximately 185,000 words in this Volume.

30 review for Witch of the Federation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    3.75 "BURT was very competent and very careful not to break any of the rules. Bend them? Oh, sure, almost in half, but they wouldn’t even notice that." Very interesting world building- we have a futuristic setting where VR, magic, advanced AI, and contact with other worlds has taken place. However, the story is grounded in a reality we are familiar with. Classicism, corporate greed, and war are also a major part of this story line. So- we start with out h, Stephanie who is taking he 3.75 "BURT was very competent and very careful not to break any of the rules. Bend them? Oh, sure, almost in half, but they wouldn’t even notice that." Very interesting world building- we have a futuristic setting where VR, magic, advanced AI, and contact with other worlds has taken place. However, the story is grounded in a reality we are familiar with. Classicism, corporate greed, and war are also a major part of this story line. So- we start with out h, Stephanie who is taking her prep school entrance exams. However, despite being insanely smart, she knows that the realities of her getting accepted to one of the top schools (or any with out major bank) are low. This is due to the fact that her family doesn't have the recourses, and a lot of the time - whether you deserve it or not- money will push less deserving applicant to the top. Things change abruptly however, when the over-worked and irritable engineer in charge of the testing decides he can't be bothered with listening to another entitled and elitist jerk. So instead he hands the task over to the Federations AI- BURT It is during that testing that BURT sees the enormous potential Stephanie has, (not only her keen intelligence, but hunger for knowledge and magical aptitude) and their hour in the Virtual World changes the course of her entire life....and his as well. x---------------------------------------------x So like I said interesting concept- but I'll be honest in that- at times- I was really feeling the 600+ pages of this book. I felt like while it was nice to get the fun bkg with Steph and Todd- I skipped a lot of the retro trivia and side information. Additionally, while it was nice to read from multiple POVs to get a wider understanding of the story I don't know if we ultimately needed things like the Russian side plot, the pages of Military jokes and recruitment, as much info on the summer school, or pages dedicated to the side plot with that guy who owned the building her parents wanted to clean. I def get it that even in the beginning-the side POV of the entitled kid was to show contrast- and other do eventually show how all the power players are working behind the scenes....but its already a long read, so maybe cutting through the ton of info might have benefited the overall story. (However, this is considered a space opera, and while I'm not familiar with this particular genre- this amount of backstory might be up other peoples allies) Plus, kudos for actually having alive, caring and supportive parents in this genre!! Its rare to see and I liked that they were so close. Love me a great family unit! Also, even though all this amazing stuff was falling into Stephanie's lap I was kind of okay with it bc in the end it was BURTS design- so it felt less like a "I'm a Mary Sue, I'm super special, and all good things come to me with no consequences ever" kind of plot. Except for that whole excerpt with the cleaner guy and the ambassadors aid calling at the exact right moment to make her seem even more amazing- a bit too unrealistic (even for a sci-fi fantasy) So yeah, all in all very interesting and its on KU atm so check it out if your willing to invest in a 600 pager. But I will probably read on the the next one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    〰️Beth〰️

    3.75 Stars No Spoilers With all of MA’s books I purchase them the week they publish. I put off reading this because once you start his series each book leaves you waiting for more. Now that he has the “little publishing company that could” and is churning out countless series there is more lag time between books for each series. Gosh took him a year to get 5 in this series... what the H E double hockey sticks Anderle? Can’t you type in your sleep yet? Now back to this book.... I rounded up to 4 s 3.75 Stars No Spoilers With all of MA’s books I purchase them the week they publish. I put off reading this because once you start his series each book leaves you waiting for more. Now that he has the “little publishing company that could” and is churning out countless series there is more lag time between books for each series. Gosh took him a year to get 5 in this series... what the H E double hockey sticks Anderle? Can’t you type in your sleep yet? Now back to this book.... I rounded up to 4 stars. There were some typos and editing issues. Maybe there was an update I missed since this book published a year ago. If not then Tabatha needs to kick beta reader and editorial ass. ( not familiar with that reference go back to his first book then read TKG series or the off shots). My other issue was at the beginning where he referenced other kids in other towns who were in situations like our heroine. Unnecessary even if they become part of the series at a later time. Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy he is writing books 500+ pages long, but some fat needs to be trimmed. As for our heroine... she is in many ways like his original queen character, BA. There are similarities to that series which fans will easily identify in this book. Kudos for MA for always having strong female characters. Looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Frances Law

    How does he do it! I’m in awe of Michael Anderle! How does he manage to keep writing such fascinating stories? Here we have Stephanie Morgana, a young girl who is obviously special. She aces all her schoolwork but lives in a govsub. That means that her family is dirt poor! One of the few ways to escape from poverty is to get a fully paid scholarship to a prep school. Stephanie takes the tests and aces them but is denied a scholarship. The whole system is geared to giving to the rich and leaving t How does he do it! I’m in awe of Michael Anderle! How does he manage to keep writing such fascinating stories? Here we have Stephanie Morgana, a young girl who is obviously special. She aces all her schoolwork but lives in a govsub. That means that her family is dirt poor! One of the few ways to escape from poverty is to get a fully paid scholarship to a prep school. Stephanie takes the tests and aces them but is denied a scholarship. The whole system is geared to giving to the rich and leaving the poor to struggle. America is no longer the land of opportunity but a Federation that is an amalgamation of America, Canada and Mexico. There are also two alien planets that have joined. One is Meligorn, a planet where magic runs through everything but there is no electricity. The other is Dregs a planet that has become desolate. Those Dreth who can no longer live on the planet have taken to piracy in space which has led to the Federation having to fight them. There have been massive changes to the world due to the climate changing. In addition, a lot of America has been devastated by nuclear fallout. Very little fertile land exists in Stephanie’s time! Despite being overlooked for a scholarship Stephanie still means to break out of the mould and, luckily for her, an AI called Burt is given her exam to review. When he realises that she isn’t granted a scholarship he starts to investigate the system. What he finds does not compute so he starts to investigate further. It leads to him checking his Prime Directives and he realises that the world is not working in accordance with them. He decides to act and Stephanie is his prime candidate for effecting change! As things progress it becomes obvious that Stephanie is not an average human as she is capable of wielding magic at a high level. As this becomes obvious there are a lot of people out to get her! It seems that there is another player in the game and the Federation needs to watch out! Witch of the Federation is a fast moving science fantasy novel. It seems as if the author is questioning the direction of the US and the fact that it is becoming divided into a land of the haves (the richies) and the have nots (the subs). This book will appeal to all science fiction and science fantasy fans both young and old. I’m just mad that I have to wait for the next book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Good story in dire need of an editor I was interested by the premise of the book, magic on Earth, future world view and somewhere in the future there should be a battle I was distracted from following the story due to a severe lack of plot, there are about four potential ploy lines and while trying to develop all them at once the authors manages to develop none of them. This also reads as an early draft with zero editing, e.g. misspelled words, incomplete sentences, random scene jumps for no reas Good story in dire need of an editor I was interested by the premise of the book, magic on Earth, future world view and somewhere in the future there should be a battle I was distracted from following the story due to a severe lack of plot, there are about four potential ploy lines and while trying to develop all them at once the authors manages to develop none of them. This also reads as an early draft with zero editing, e.g. misspelled words, incomplete sentences, random scene jumps for no reason. While presented as a young adult/teen novella social interactions are excessively shallow. Almost no chapter development is done outside the protagonist. So either this is bok one of a 3 to 5 part series or someone published a draft instead of the final version. Which is a shame, as the story had potential.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Frank Bertino

    Great Predictive Scenario What a tremendous story. The characters are so real, I feel like Stephanie's father recalling her story. I like the political sociological intrigue and humor. The story describes a likely hypothesis based on current trends. Stephanie's character is compelling, highly competent yet vulnerable. I hope to see more of Stephanie and her universe. I look forward to another book. Great Predictive Scenario What a tremendous story. The characters are so real, I feel like Stephanie's father recalling her story. I like the political sociological intrigue and humor. The story describes a likely hypothesis based on current trends. Stephanie's character is compelling, highly competent yet vulnerable. I hope to see more of Stephanie and her universe. I look forward to another book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aleksandra Janusz

    The main character starts to check every Mary Sue box very quickly, and I am not prone to fast judgement on this one, because I like power fantasies. The worldbuilding is a bit awkward, and I feel that it's just contemporary USA dressed as the future and driven to extreme. Especially with main characters nerding over the popculture from my (and probably author's) nerdy roots. I liked Burt however and I sort of wish this book was more about the rebel AI and its plan to take over humans to make th The main character starts to check every Mary Sue box very quickly, and I am not prone to fast judgement on this one, because I like power fantasies. The worldbuilding is a bit awkward, and I feel that it's just contemporary USA dressed as the future and driven to extreme. Especially with main characters nerding over the popculture from my (and probably author's) nerdy roots. I liked Burt however and I sort of wish this book was more about the rebel AI and its plan to take over humans to make them happier and better, because this is what the fairy godfather AI is doing and it is fun to read about - when AIs take over the world and make us all slaves it will be purely because they wanted to be good and faithful to their (idealistic) programming. I was waiting for the big oops when humanity discovers that, but it's probably reserved for the next novels and I'm not ready to binge this series. It's a guilty pleasure and if I am reading more that will be for Burt. Also, it teaches me a lot about contemporary USA culture and its social divide.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dallass

    Great first book in series I had my doubts about WotF. I don’t read YA as a general rule, nor have I had the best luck with sci-fi inspired stories. However this book was wonderful. It was long enough that the world building could be subtly done, and that the characters and plots were introduced in a way that wasn’t a complete info dump that left you completely frazzled. It also has urban fantasy elements that work extremely well with the sci-fi and AI. Since this is a YA series, I was surprised Great first book in series I had my doubts about WotF. I don’t read YA as a general rule, nor have I had the best luck with sci-fi inspired stories. However this book was wonderful. It was long enough that the world building could be subtly done, and that the characters and plots were introduced in a way that wasn’t a complete info dump that left you completely frazzled. It also has urban fantasy elements that work extremely well with the sci-fi and AI. Since this is a YA series, I was surprised to discover that Stephanie is a likeable protagonist. She is super smart, kind, courteous (important factor in story), and beautiful young adult (17) who, of course, doesn’t know it. We see her undergo a lot of changes in this book, and she learns a few hard lessons. Then there’s BURT. He has to be one of the most independent AI’s I’ve come across since Johanna Lindsey’s Martha (Warrior Woman). His role in the book is so pivotal to the story, and yet his voice doesn’t overwhelm the other characters that surround Stephanie. There is also an interesting subplot that weaves it’s way in and out of the narrative, no spoilers, plus there is more than one antagonist that you get to keep your eyes on as they plot to get Stephanie under their sway - and her magic, of course - so they can use her for their own selfish gain. As you can see, I really enjoyed this, and will definitely be grabbing the next book. 4 stars ⭐️

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lars Klander

    Well written and interestingly political Mr. A always writes a good yarn but historically the vast majority of what I have read of his has basically been around the axiom of “for evil to succeed all this is necessary is for good (wo)men to stand aside and do nothing.” He’s gone well beyond that in this first book into really taking a position against the growth of classist positions driven by greed and power in modern America. While he has positioned it in the future, the message of the substanti Well written and interestingly political Mr. A always writes a good yarn but historically the vast majority of what I have read of his has basically been around the axiom of “for evil to succeed all this is necessary is for good (wo)men to stand aside and do nothing.” He’s gone well beyond that in this first book into really taking a position against the growth of classist positions driven by greed and power in modern America. While he has positioned it in the future, the message of the substantial flaws in our system and what happens when they come home to roost is quite clear. As always, well-written, with strong, believable female characters. I always look forward to reading more (though he somehow puts them out faster than I can read them), and the rest of this series is no exception. Note — I read heretic of the Federation first not realizing this series was its predecessor. I figured I better go back and get the backstory before I read the next Heretic book and I wasn’t wrong. Thanks as always for a very enjoyable read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vincent Tracey

    Witch of the Federation Let me start with what I did not like - give me a minute or so, I'll think of something besides the ending of the book. Now the easy part. The world building to establish the backstory set the stage for understanding where the characters were coming from. It also seemed like a commentary on our world today (as a citizen of NorAm anyway). All the descriptions of the cities are believable without the need to go too deep into why they occurred. I specifically liked that the "ma Witch of the Federation Let me start with what I did not like - give me a minute or so, I'll think of something besides the ending of the book. Now the easy part. The world building to establish the backstory set the stage for understanding where the characters were coming from. It also seemed like a commentary on our world today (as a citizen of NorAm anyway). All the descriptions of the cities are believable without the need to go too deep into why they occurred. I specifically liked that the "magic" was different from the Oriceran type, everyone isn't running around waving wands and causing casual destruction. There are consequences for its over use which will hopefully be fleshed out if the series continues. As for who should read this book, and the series if it continues, anyone who has read the Oriceran books, someone who wants a well constructed storyline with believable characters and those tired of snarky, female leads who can't decide what to do without having an romantic entanglement with an antagonistic male to save them. BTW it does have some rough language and innuendoes but can be read by the YA crowd without parental concerns. So, I wasn't given anything (except a good read) for doing this review. I normally won't even do a review but I'd like to see this "series" continue and the only way for that to happen is if Michael gets reviews to encourage it. I highly recommend everyone to buy the book, settle back and enjoy! Read it and give it your review as well.

  10. 4 out of 5

    IanWAA

    This was kind of disappointing for how much potential it had. Not sure if you know the zoom in and enhance cliche but something like that happened way too much.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Truly an enjoyable beginning to our young witch’s journey that drew me in Stephanie is just a teen, more studious than most, driven and awkward, which I find endearing. Reminds me of my daughter, without the magic! From the start she is in focus and driven to excel and gain entry to a prep school, the first step in moving up and out of the government suburbs. A true rift between the haves and the have nots has grown beyond imagining in this future of earth. And let’s not forget the two alien race Truly an enjoyable beginning to our young witch’s journey that drew me in Stephanie is just a teen, more studious than most, driven and awkward, which I find endearing. Reminds me of my daughter, without the magic! From the start she is in focus and driven to excel and gain entry to a prep school, the first step in moving up and out of the government suburbs. A true rift between the haves and the have nots has grown beyond imagining in this future of earth. And let’s not forget the two alien races that humans now interact and war with. And lastly, what is truly in a name? Power? History? Understanding?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Romanticfae

    So good This is a great start to a new series it has a couple of the pitfalls of most first books in a series being a little too info intensive but it was all needed to round out the world building. The main character is likeable and I’m all in for book 2 can’t wait

  13. 5 out of 5

    NormaCenva

    Actual Rating 4.5 Stars Absolutely LOVED the story. Need to wait a couple of days for the audio-book version of Book 2 to land... am counting the minutes! I even proper teared-up during one of the exchanges with the parents... Very nice to see classism addressed in modern Science Fiction in such an innovative and opened way - really well done!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Megan Upton

    Magic, technology, and a genius girl had a book. This was my first book by this author and I had high hopes because I had heard great things. I was hyped starting this book and thought the premise was super interesting. It had some bright points, but did become a slog. The good: I really enjoyed Stephanie as a character. She had a strong moral code which I can appreciate. The different peoples and their cultures was interesting. The best part was when she was in the VR world. Her interactions wi Magic, technology, and a genius girl had a book. This was my first book by this author and I had high hopes because I had heard great things. I was hyped starting this book and thought the premise was super interesting. It had some bright points, but did become a slog. The good: I really enjoyed Stephanie as a character. She had a strong moral code which I can appreciate. The different peoples and their cultures was interesting. The best part was when she was in the VR world. Her interactions with BURT/BURT in general was one of my favorite parts. I honestly would want to skip ahead to get to him/it. What needs improvement: Stephanie and all the supporting characters are super two dimensional. She has no real struggles, other than not getting her way at the beginning, And she has a whole lot of things to suddenly right. It was like she was learning and I was excited to watch her grow then snaps fingers she is the most badass of badass ever. It didn’t make sense and I don’t feel like she earned enough street cred for me to feel triumphant with her. Her parents and Todd are super cringey as characters. They are caricatures with no real personalities. If I had to read the word giggled one more time between her and her mom I think my eyes would have stuck to the back of my head. I almost might admit that word became a pet peeve while reading this book. It was out of place. Also out of place is the pointless boring conversations between her and Todd. The 1980’s nod didn’t make much sense for the story and I got to where I would skip huge sections to get past it- especially the game they played involving five questions. It seemed so unnecessary for the plot. Also, head jumping mid chapter was super confusing and I found to be somewhat sloppy for such a prolific writer. It confused me so many times as a reader. The bad guys were almost comical bad in their motivations and did every man have to be borderline pervert/ hyper sexual towards females? I don’t know, I was just expecting this book to be more. Final thoughts: I’m still debating on whether I’ll go on to the second book. The plot was slow, clunky, and didn’t really go anywhere. The action at the end didn’t feel like a finale battle to me. I was still wanting there to be more to the struggle. I might find that in the next book, but I’m not sure if I care enough to continue. The storyline was really neat in concept, but in execution I think it could have used one more pass to flesh out characters.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erik Sapp

    The main character is a Mary Sue and there is literally a Deus ex Machina. So why did I give this book 4 stars if I think the author used two of the worst tropes in writing? Because he did it amazingly well. The main character is a Mary Sue. There is nothing she can't do if she tries hard enough, and most things don't require a lot of effort. However, she is a likeable character - both in world and to the reader. She isn't a know-it-all snot; she is a humble person who truly cares about the peop The main character is a Mary Sue and there is literally a Deus ex Machina. So why did I give this book 4 stars if I think the author used two of the worst tropes in writing? Because he did it amazingly well. The main character is a Mary Sue. There is nothing she can't do if she tries hard enough, and most things don't require a lot of effort. However, she is a likeable character - both in world and to the reader. She isn't a know-it-all snot; she is a humble person who truly cares about the people around her. She is also somewhat childlike, not in the aspect of being immature, but in her curiosity. Her parents protected her as much as possible from the harsh realities of life and that has given her an optimism that aids in her likability. The AI is literally a deus ex machina. And while he (technically it, but the name is male and characters consider him male) is extremely powerful because of his position, he does not really act like it. Like the female lead, he has a childlike quality that makes him endearing. He comes across very much like a child playing with a toy - not to break it, but to see how it works and what it does. The reason this book lost a star is because there is very little conflict. This book seems to develop the world and set the stage for the major enemies to come into play later. There is a hidden faction in this book and the come out of hiding near the end, but they are not really developed yet. In addition, everything does come pretty easy to the main character - she does not really struggle, makes friends easily, and always seems to know what to do. (I know I said above that her being a Mary Sue is not a bad thing, and it really isn't. Her abilities don't really detract from the book. They just grate a little.)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gerald Barber

    Witch of the Federation A fair read. Enjoyable and some fun. Needs better character building and thought put into fight sequences. While I did enjoy the book and read it through to the end of the book there is a lot to be desired for such a long novel. I felt the book weak in development of characters, technology description and pop culture references for the time period the story is taking place in. I'd also like to have seen more development of the referenced Orwell, Hawking and other families Witch of the Federation A fair read. Enjoyable and some fun. Needs better character building and thought put into fight sequences. While I did enjoy the book and read it through to the end of the book there is a lot to be desired for such a long novel. I felt the book weak in development of characters, technology description and pop culture references for the time period the story is taking place in. I'd also like to have seen more development of the referenced Orwell, Hawking and other families mentioned and more details related to the protagonists background. These would have made for a more engrossing story. It was a bit too YA in focus for my tastes and would have been more interesting with a slightly more adult intent. It was a fun and entertaining book nonetheless.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Helen Wawrejko

    DNF This was an incredibly boring book that I gave up on at 23%. Futuristic society with well delineated class separation that gave the wealthy all the scholarship chances at higher education. With no inkling at this point how her non existing magic is going to fight a war, I called it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tattooed Bibliophile

    "To him, there was nothing dangerous about her." Stephanie Morgana is a senior in high school. Her only wish is to pass the final tests with high enough scores to get a scholarship to go to one of the prep schools. You see, in this dystopian future, education has become so expensive that only the very rich can afford it. But without a degree, her highest hope for a job will be cleaning toilets for her parent's cleaning service. But there's a little snafu with her test. An AI is employed to adminis "To him, there was nothing dangerous about her." Stephanie Morgana is a senior in high school. Her only wish is to pass the final tests with high enough scores to get a scholarship to go to one of the prep schools. You see, in this dystopian future, education has become so expensive that only the very rich can afford it. But without a degree, her highest hope for a job will be cleaning toilets for her parent's cleaning service. But there's a little snafu with her test. An AI is employed to administer it by a testing agent that has had it up to here with the rich little dickheads who could care less how their scores look. They have the money, they don't need a good score. And they ACT like it. The AI recognizes Stephanie's potential, and when he finds out that the system is inherently rigged and that she has no hope of actually getting a scholarship, "Bert" decides to take things into his own hands...or circuits. In fact, he goes exceptionally off his rocker about it and it felt a little AIDEN-ey, like oh snap, shit's about to get real with this AI. Alas, it didn't. So it turns out, Stephanie is the only known human who can wield Meligornian magic, an alien energy from the planet of humanity's allies in the Dreth Pirate War. But another war is being waged on earth, the war for the poor to survive. And with Stephanie's newly discovered powers, she plans to do something about it. My dear darling readers, I'd like to take a quote from my lovely friend Ali (@coffeeandbookswithali over on Bookstagram) and tell you how very exceptionally average this book was. Oh it has all the makings of greatness, a confident, intelligent heroin who wants to do good but is oppressed by the dystopian world she's been born into, combined with aliens and magic? This is a cross-genre dream. But it drug. And drug. And drug some more. For 185,000 words I waited for a plot to form. A goal to be revealed. But this read like the intro to a series instead of it's own book. A really fucking long intro. Now don't get me wrong. Stephanie is awesome. Just the right amount of cockiness to be likeable, enough teenage rashness to be believable, but not too much to be annoying. But I'm sitting here going..."GET TO THE POINT!!!" The writing was also not terrific. Not bad, but not great. Again, average. In addition to the dragging and lack of distinct plot line, there was an inherent immaturity to the writing. Like it was a teenager writing a book. I've seen this before and I have high hopes that the writer will improve. Because again, all the makings of something great. Just not quite there. It needed some major editing. I'm losing my patience recently with poorly edited books. Is anyone else becoming disillusioned to the wonder that was independent publishing? Anyway, 2.5 stars, square in the middle. I want to know what happens next, but not enough to be dragged through another book that is too long by half.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Per Gunnar

    I have to say that I quite liked this new series from Michael Anderle. I have generally liked books from Michael Anderle. At least the ones he has written by himself. Unfortunately his name are on a lot of book covers but far from all of them have been written by him. This book is not just another story in the Kurtherian universe but starts off a entirely new story in a new universe. The magic in this universe is “real” magic. No nanocyte stuff and all that. Something which I definitely like sinc I have to say that I quite liked this new series from Michael Anderle. I have generally liked books from Michael Anderle. At least the ones he has written by himself. Unfortunately his name are on a lot of book covers but far from all of them have been written by him. This book is not just another story in the Kurtherian universe but starts off a entirely new story in a new universe. The magic in this universe is “real” magic. No nanocyte stuff and all that. Something which I definitely like since the Kurtherian universe has been feeling a bit worn out lite. In this universe Earth has science and their allies, the Meligornians, have magic and the two doesn’t really mix. That is technology, or rather the power source stops working at Meligorn and Meligornians cannot draw power to perform magic without a “magic battery” when away from Meligorn. That is, surprise surprise, until our main protagonist enters the scene. The story is rather simple, almost young adult level, but it is well done and with enough elements in it that I quite enjoyed that I really liked it. Stephanie Morgana is a young girl wanting to study to become someone but Earth is a bit of a dystopian world where those from the “lower classes” without money rarely gets the chance to do so. In order to be selected for higher studies one has to pass a test in a virtual world run and administered by a powerful AI. Unfortunately even if you pass you are probably not selected unless you have money and or connections. Here is were it gets a bit weird though. The AI just exists and we get no explanation as to how he came about. Worse, the humans running him seems to not know what they are dealing with and how sentient and powerful he actually is. They monitor him just by monitoring the load and if it jumps up a few percent they get jumpy wondering what he is up to. As I wrote…weird. I do like the AI as a character though and he does indeed play an important role in the character advancement of Stephanie. The story really is about Stephanie though and how she actually manages to get into studying and much more. During course of the book Stephanie manages to evolve greatly, meet and befriend the highest Meligornian ambassador on Earth, discover that magic does indeed exist on Earth and do quite a bit of magical ass kicking in between. Oh, and there are a third alien species hovering in the background that I assume we will see more of in the feature. The story is indeed a bit simplistic and thus a bit unbelievable but I had great fun reading it. I am quite looking forward to the next installment in the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    World Class If I was an agent for Tor or Baen, I would want to sit down and have a serious talk with Michael Anderle. This book meets the standards set by Master's of Science Fiction and Fantasy, not the least of which is Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey. One of the marks of a good author is his/her ability to use words correctly and specific to the situation. Mr Anderle does this in spades. Beautiful words I've not seen in years were sprinkled throughout the book, and for this reader it was like World Class If I was an agent for Tor or Baen, I would want to sit down and have a serious talk with Michael Anderle. This book meets the standards set by Master's of Science Fiction and Fantasy, not the least of which is Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey. One of the marks of a good author is his/her ability to use words correctly and specific to the situation. Mr Anderle does this in spades. Beautiful words I've not seen in years were sprinkled throughout the book, and for this reader it was like finding silver dollars in my path as I walked to the library. This is a "coming of age" novel. Stephanie, our protagonist, is a 17 year old high school student in the future. The future is an Earth that has been severely crippled by mankind's greed and selfishness taken to extremes. In a World War, cities across the globe have been destroyed or crippled and society has been split into three Distinct classes: The Rich (who need no description); the Middle class (much closer to our working poor then the middle class we know); and the GovSubs (the government subsidized). Magic on Earth, just like in our world, had disappeared long ago. Earth came into contact with two races while moving into space, one, while visually similar to Earthlings, was actually more warlike and aggressive then Earthmen. The second, more peaceful and looking more "human", was a race whose home was a planet full of magic. Stephanie accidentally learns she has a sense for magic as the AI for North America is brought into contact with her while she undergoes testing to determine if she is qualified to receive a scholarship to college. Not receiving a scholarship, despite scoring at the highest level, is not logical and the AI becomes involved. From there, things get very interesting. Since I don't want to give out any spoilers, you'll have to read the book to find out why I liked it so much.

  21. 5 out of 5

    gina Vega

    I just couldn’t finish it The writing was just terrible. I finally had to just stop. First of all, I am a big fan of Michael Anderle and have read the complete Kurtherian Gambit and Endgame series. Those started off a little rough but by book three or so, Mr Anderle had significantly improved voice, character development, plot evolution and story telling style. This book doesn’t exhibit any of that. The premise has promise and despite the slow start I kept at it. I finally quit around chapter 62 I just couldn’t finish it The writing was just terrible. I finally had to just stop. First of all, I am a big fan of Michael Anderle and have read the complete Kurtherian Gambit and Endgame series. Those started off a little rough but by book three or so, Mr Anderle had significantly improved voice, character development, plot evolution and story telling style. This book doesn’t exhibit any of that. The premise has promise and despite the slow start I kept at it. I finally quit around chapter 62 or so. It was just too painful because: 1) the flow is choppy and full of rushed/clunky plot line development. There are just too many to shrug off after a while and they start to get worse as the pace picks up. 2) dialog is awkward and unrealistic. A combination of bad grammar (more convoluted than error prone) and bizarre word choice. I’m comfortable with unusual vocabulary choices so this isn’t about accuracy, it has more to do with awkward choices and sentence construction. 3) shallow character development other than the protagonist. I just can’t picture people behaving or speaking the way these characters do so they come off as flat and unrealistic. I’ll move on to more/other Anderle-universe creations and I’m sure there will be more great ones...I just can’t say that about this one. But make your own choice. I’m an Anderle fan regardless of this experience.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria Woods

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I Finished ****Spoilers***** There was so much about this book that was unbelievable. At times, the dialogue was ridiculous along with Stephanie's maturity, development, and worldliness in leaps and bounds from one interaction to the next. I've never read a book where almost every character that was on Stephanie's side agreed with her or told her to do what she thought was right no matter what it seemed. Perhaps because it's futuristic or something but I mean come on, not even one dissenter or dis I Finished ****Spoilers***** There was so much about this book that was unbelievable. At times, the dialogue was ridiculous along with Stephanie's maturity, development, and worldliness in leaps and bounds from one interaction to the next. I've never read a book where almost every character that was on Stephanie's side agreed with her or told her to do what she thought was right no matter what it seemed. Perhaps because it's futuristic or something but I mean come on, not even one dissenter or disagreement? Her parents were permissive to the point of annoyance, not questioning much and just going with the flow. I had a hard time understanding her friendship with Todd and their interactions were often puzzling and hardly ever advanced the story. Even when I thought one of those nefarious plots might go somewhere, it was conveniently thwarted or not mentioned. Also, there were so many unnecessary details and information thrown in that it clogged up the book and made it much longer than it needed to be. Meetings between a bunch of different people whose names are unknown, secret plots that make no sense or aren't explained well, Stephanie's time spent in the virtual world, her brief time spent at the elite school, etc. The story and some of the concepts were unique and interesting, particularly BURT. But the AI was so advanced that it displayed and felt emotions. Not a fan of this one at all and will not read the next.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    Witch of the Federation - a review by Rosemary Kenny A magnum opus of over 600 pages, (that will eventually, according to the author be split into 3 separate volumes), the incredibly prolific Michael Anderle has outdone himself in producing the epic saga, that's #1 - in more ways than one - in the Federation Histories series, Witch of the Federation. Satisfaction is guaranteed in the coming of ages/rites of passage story of how a 17 year old human, Stephanie Morgana (think Hermione Granger mixed Witch of the Federation - a review by Rosemary Kenny A magnum opus of over 600 pages, (that will eventually, according to the author be split into 3 separate volumes), the incredibly prolific Michael Anderle has outdone himself in producing the epic saga, that's #1 - in more ways than one - in the Federation Histories series, Witch of the Federation. Satisfaction is guaranteed in the coming of ages/rites of passage story of how a 17 year old human, Stephanie Morgana (think Hermione Granger mixed with Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen) is found to have magic skills inherited from her distant ancestress, the sorceress Morgana, wizard Merlin's protegee in the King Arthur tales, while living on a planet,(actually a Virtual world), controlled by an AI, that tests candidates to see if they're suitable for the academy that will fulfill their magical and physical needs and develop them into tools of the Meligorn (aliens). With an Hunger Games-type romance between MCs Stephanie and Todd to keep things interesting to YA readers (of all ages), fans of Ready Player One and VR games will be happy with the pace and action sequences, if not with the grammar and typos their older siblings or parents and teachers might pick up on and disapprove of. Nevertheless, Witch of the Federation is sure to be a winner and will surely grace the bookshelves of any Gamerlit/YA/teen romance fan. Grab your copy today - and tell all your friends about it too!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marjorie Smith

    OMG! I am a fan of Michael Anderle. I have read his GPU and his Oricerian series. As a matter of fact I'm on my second reading of the GPU series and will be doing the same for the Oricerian series. So when I saw this I thought I'll read it cause it's MA. I didn't expect it to be much different from either of the other two series. KUN and Oricerian have a certain rhythm, a certain pace to them, different but same (kinda, I know I'm confusing you). Let's just say I expected the same rhythm and pace OMG! I am a fan of Michael Anderle. I have read his GPU and his Oricerian series. As a matter of fact I'm on my second reading of the GPU series and will be doing the same for the Oricerian series. So when I saw this I thought I'll read it cause it's MA. I didn't expect it to be much different from either of the other two series. KUN and Oricerian have a certain rhythm, a certain pace to them, different but same (kinda, I know I'm confusing you). Let's just say I expected the same rhythm and pace of one of the other series. But this knocked me over. It's wildly fantastical while still be science fiction and the pacing is so different, almost too different. It has a slow build up before the action really starts and it's necessary because this world is very different. Not so different that you can't imagine it happening but you really need to understand the culture before you can understand what motivates the hero. And while I generally detest series that need so much info before you get to the "good" parts, this was worth it, so very worth it. I couldn't put it down. And now I'm sad. The second in this series isn't out yet and I want to know what happens next. You have to read this one, you really do.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    What you start out with is a much changed world. There have been terrible storms and it seems a nuclear war. Some places are rebuilding but there's a sharp difference between the areas for the rich people and the areas for the poor people. Stephanie is part of the latter group and is close to graduating from high school. There is some very advanced technology which allows people to go into 'pods' and enter a virtual reality. It's Stephanie's starting point to an incredible change in her life. You What you start out with is a much changed world. There have been terrible storms and it seems a nuclear war. Some places are rebuilding but there's a sharp difference between the areas for the rich people and the areas for the poor people. Stephanie is part of the latter group and is close to graduating from high school. There is some very advanced technology which allows people to go into 'pods' and enter a virtual reality. It's Stephanie's starting point to an incredible change in her life. You have a planet where magic is the norm and this will have a major impact on her life. As will an AI named Burt, various assassins, greedy companies, deadly alien pirates and a strange blank book that can suddenly display what seems to be a prophecy. I consider this one of the best books I have ever read. The characters are done incredibly well, the use of magic makes sense, there's more than one villain, there's an AI that is nearly human in the way it thinks and there's never a dull moment. Brilliant writing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda

    Very new Stephanie Morgana finds out that she can wield Megalorian magic when she's testing in Virtual Reality for a prep school. That's like college now. This takes place over a hundred years in the future. A testing engineer pawns her testing file off on the AI, BURT, that controls the entire world's Virtual Reality World. BURT becomes fascinated with Stephanie. Not only is Stephanie talented, she's extremely intelligent as well. She's developing a lot of questions and theories about magic - esp Very new Stephanie Morgana finds out that she can wield Megalorian magic when she's testing in Virtual Reality for a prep school. That's like college now. This takes place over a hundred years in the future. A testing engineer pawns her testing file off on the AI, BURT, that controls the entire world's Virtual Reality World. BURT becomes fascinated with Stephanie. Not only is Stephanie talented, she's extremely intelligent as well. She's developing a lot of questions and theories about magic - especially as she seems to be the only person who can use it. Not only that, she figures out that Earth has magic as well. While trying to research her family, she finds out that Morgana used to be a first name centuries ago. Back before betrayal. And that all have been born out of wedlock. There are entities trying to abduct her. The Federation is determined to recruit her. Just how powerful is this young girl? I'm buying the next in series. I would have given 5 stars, but sometimes it dragged a bit. But I still had to read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Selina Harvey

    As you may have noted, I real a LOT of books. One might even say that I abuse the Hell out of my KU subscription! However, I don't review a lot of the books that I read. It takes either a really awesome book or a truly terrible one for me to bother with a review, mainly because so very many are simply mediocre, often nothing more than bad carbon copies of other, better books or worse, of other already BAD books. Happily, THIS one was very much NOT the case! This particular book was an absolute pl As you may have noted, I real a LOT of books. One might even say that I abuse the Hell out of my KU subscription! However, I don't review a lot of the books that I read. It takes either a really awesome book or a truly terrible one for me to bother with a review, mainly because so very many are simply mediocre, often nothing more than bad carbon copies of other, better books or worse, of other already BAD books. Happily, THIS one was very much NOT the case! This particular book was an absolute pleasure to reread and, when I reached the end I had the traditional "NO! The next book isn't out yet! I don't wanna wait!!!" response that is often missing these days. With well written characters, a nicely detailed story line, enough complexity to be interesting and yet simple enough to not lose the reader, this book really needs to be added to everyone's "must read" sci fi list! Trust me, you will NOT regret it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    David

    A well wrought Witch book!!! Excellent world building and character construction. This book takes the talent build of the Main Character on a more refined route and leaves the ending wide open for all sorts of direction. That is something this reader especially appreciates. Should the author continue this rate and pace of character development this series could go some lengths and have multiple arcs. Another something this reader appreciates. Now if the Author chooses to write the rest of the boo A well wrought Witch book!!! Excellent world building and character construction. This book takes the talent build of the Main Character on a more refined route and leaves the ending wide open for all sorts of direction. That is something this reader especially appreciates. Should the author continue this rate and pace of character development this series could go some lengths and have multiple arcs. Another something this reader appreciates. Now if the Author chooses to write the rest of the books himself that would be an added bonus. That is something I have come to dislike about this author’s approach to writing. Writes a couple of good books and farms the rest out leading to disjointed and discontinuous writing and style. All in all, this book is a solid initial effort and I will be interested in following the others to come carefully. Do it right Mike and the fans will follow because it’s your writing they really love...

  29. 4 out of 5

    james bailey

    Great book but frustrating Upfront enjoyable and can't wait for the next book but also frustrated because I saw so many possibilities they drove me nuts yes the author saw it like the battery being explosive and worrying about it the research was put on her laptop but it wasn't picked up on at school or the University where they could have picked up on it either for their own uses or put her in the military she showed the battery and gave it to her friend nothing came of it except he became parti Great book but frustrating Upfront enjoyable and can't wait for the next book but also frustrated because I saw so many possibilities they drove me nuts yes the author saw it like the battery being explosive and worrying about it the research was put on her laptop but it wasn't picked up on at school or the University where they could have picked up on it either for their own uses or put her in the military she showed the battery and gave it to her friend nothing came of it except he became partial to it but he didn't get in trouble for it things like this but I guess there's a long game I'm not saying and that's the reason I'm frustrated but there must be a long game I'm not seeing and I'm excited about it haven't been this excited since the Brownstone books for the frustration I'm marking down one star and for making me wait for the next book in the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jordana Ross

    Two issues Two things bugged me a lot in an otherwise good story concept. First, there were new story threads started that didn't go anywhere. I understood the point of the vignettes without needing the new story arcs. This just distracted from the main story. The second issue bugged me because I love America and believe that there are ideas and values here that transcend time and people. The relentless bashing of "NorAm" made me feel worse the further I read. I understand the purpose of the sett Two issues Two things bugged me a lot in an otherwise good story concept. First, there were new story threads started that didn't go anywhere. I understood the point of the vignettes without needing the new story arcs. This just distracted from the main story. The second issue bugged me because I love America and believe that there are ideas and values here that transcend time and people. The relentless bashing of "NorAm" made me feel worse the further I read. I understand the purpose of the setting in a post-apocalyptic world but turning America into the manifestation of a person suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome was a bit much when there has been over three centuries of history fighting against the resulting culture in your story. I found it too unbelievable. Maybe if set in Canada...

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