This is most definitely a YA book. That is not to disparage it but a caution that it may be a bit juvenile and if that turns you off , you should be aware of that fact. Spirit White finds herself thrust into horrific circumstances. Losing her entire family in a mysterious auto accident, she ends up in a pseudo
This story is centered on a group of kids who have all ended up as wards of a school of magic. They have all been orphaned, most in a violent manner. The school and the circumstances are similar to the Harry Potter series. I'm not sure if that was the intention but it seems like a knock off. Having read a ton of Lackey and quite a bit of Edghill, I find a knock off hard to believe so I am trying to keep an open mind.
The kids that band together are a likeable group. The school is the primary setting and the details are more than sufficient. The mystery is why some students are periodically disappearing. The action and plot are nicely done and you can't help but like the characters. It seems to be a trilogy and I plan on reading all three books.
I recommend the book.
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