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.There are few things more bittersweet to me than the end of a series I've loved. I really hated to reach the end of this book! Granted, it was quite a hefty tome (800+ pages), so my arms were thanking me for finally setting it down. Still, I was near tears, though the ending was rather satisfying I thought. Granted, the death of one of my favorite characters (I'm not saying who!) was a real blow, and if Bray ever decides to write another book for this series, I do hope she brings this character back. At any rate, other than the length, and wanting to scream at Gemma a few times to stop being so blind, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and highly recommend the series!
I've been looking for a favorite line, but really, there are just too many. Go read the book!