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Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic

The Thirteenth Rib
Written by: David J. Schwartz
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Meet the newest professor at Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic, Joy Wilkins. She may suffer from face blindness, but Joy can still recognize people by reading their auras - a skill that comes in particularly handy for her real work as an undercover agent with the Federal Bureau of Magical Affairs. Her mission: To discover the source of weaponized demons being trafficked through the quaint school on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and to locate her predecessor, the school’s missing History of Magic professor.

But just as her investigation gets under way, the brutal murder of Joy’s handler - and mentor - sets her on the trail of a secret society known as the Thirteenth Rib. With the clock ticking down to the next attack, Joy will have to find new allies and uncover ancient secrets if she’s going to have any chance of defeating a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the entire world.

©2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.; 2013 David J. Schwartz

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  • Scott M. Rossi
  • 29-01-20


I love this book. I have it on Kindle and Audiobook and I read it from time to time. It has some great worldbuilding and really neat characters. The story is super neat too. I hope we get a sequel someday.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-17

Great idea - often hard to follow (for me)

A great idea about an Earth where magic works and can be taught.

Too many sub-plots for me - perhaps a fault of mine. Perhaps if they had been better tied together towards the end? Or this may be the author's way of creating threads that will be addressed in additional books in a series. I just think there were too many threads.

The narrator's speaking style is far too choppy for me to enjoy (think Shatner's Kirk but even more so). Other narrators do a better job at providing distinctive voices for the various characters.