IT HAS BEEN A YEAR OF CHANGE since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father a laudanum 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.
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Libba Bray is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling novels "A Great and Terrible Beauty" and "Rebel Angels," both available on audio from Listening Library. She has never lived in the Victorian era, is not British, and has no superpowers, though if she did, they would involve being able to eat her weight in Swedish fish without feeling the urgent need to brush her tongue afterward. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, their son, and a cat of questionable intelligence. Visit her website at www.libbabray.com.
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."