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It Ends in Fire

By Andrew Shvarts
It Ends in Fire by Andrew Shvarts digital book - Fable

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A James Patterson Presents novel

Only those from the most powerful magical families can attend Blackwater Academy, but new student Alka has them fooled. Now it's time to take down the oppressive wizard ruling class from the inside.

 
Alka Chelrazi is on a mission:
1. Infiltrate Blackwater Academy
2. Win the Great Game
3. Burn Wizard society to the ground
 
As a child, Alka witnessed her parents' brutal murder at the hands of Wizards before she was taken in by an underground rebel group. Now, Alka is deep undercover at the most prestigious school of magic in the Republic: Blackwater Academy, a place where status is everything, where decadent galas end in blood-splattered duels, where every student has their own agenda. To survive, Alka will have to lie, cheat, kill, and use every trick in her spy's toolkit. And for the first time in her life, the fiercely independent Alka will have to make friends in order to recruit the misfits and the outcasts into her motley rebellion.

But even as she draws closer to victory—and to vengeance—she sinks deeper into danger as suspicious professors and murderous rivals seek the traitor in their midst, as dark revelations unravel her resolve. Can Alka destroy the twisted game...without becoming a part of it?
 
 

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3.5
“This is proof that I really shouldn’t listen to reviews. I went into this book blind and oh boy was it a fun ride. I enjoyed it!”
“I randomly picked this book up from the young adult’s section of the library for a library classification system project I had for school. I was so pleasantly surprised to find such a captivating story inside!! I’ve seen reviews describe this as “Hogwarts but with murder” and I definitely see where that came from, but I think it’s so much more. This is a story of revenge, yes, but it also includes so much internal struggle that comes with questioning what you know as you find yourself. This book also has a diverse group of characters including people from many different lands, with different skin colors and who speak different languages. The main character is bisexual and had a non-binary close ally. It was unbelievably refreshing to see these and other people represented and recognized as completely normal. The switch back and forth between timelines isn’t my favorite (but that’s just a personal preference - it was done well here), and sometimes the behaviors of the characters weren’t entirely believable (even in a world of suspended reality), but I really liked this story and would read the sequel if we were given one!!!”

About Andrew Shvarts

Andrew Shvarts is the author of the Royal Bastards trilogy. He has a BA in English Literature and Russian from Vassar College. He works for Pixelberry Studios, making mobile games like High School StoryChoices, and more. Andrew lives in San Jose, California, with his wife, son, and two cats. 

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