* " A huge work of massive ambition. "Publishers Weekly," Starred" It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father alaudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds. The Order the mysterious group her mother was once part of is grappling for control of the realms, as is the Rakshana. Spence's burned East Wing is being rebuilt, but why now? Gemma and her friends see Pippa, but she is not the same. And their friendship faces its gravest trial as Gemma must decide once and for all what role she is meant for. "A "Publishers Weekly "Best Book of the Year A #1 Book Sense Bestseller A "New York Times "Bestseller A "Publishers Weekly "Bestseller A "USA Today "Bestseller A 2008 New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age.
About the Author
Libba Bray is the New York Times bestselling author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels, both of which have appeared on ALA's Best Books for Young Adults list.
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, October 29, 2007: “A huge work of massive ambition.”
Review, People, December 24, 2007: "This is a rare treat that offers a bit of everything--romance, magic, history, Gothic intrigue--and delivers on all of it in 819 beautifully crafted pages."