Hello and welcome to my stop for It Ends In Fire By Andrew Shvarts.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: July 6th, 2021

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Synopsis

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

Review

ALKA CHELRAZI IS ON A MISSION:

1. Infiltrate Blackwater Academy

2. Win the Great Game

3. Burn Wizard society to the ground

Alka Chelrazi, has a mission to infiltrate one the most prestigious magic schools, Blackwater Academy.

Using a stolen identity she become one of elite young wizards to compete in high stakes competition called The Game.

When Alka and her family were last together they were on the run because her father turned his back on the Republic and all what it stands for. The Republic’s sinister goal is the oppression of the Humbles.

Now she is on a mission to bring down the the Republic’s offspring just when they least expect it!

Holy Smokes, this was a book that hooked me from the first page and never let up until the perfect ending.

Andrew Shvarts has written a incredible fantasy. Stunning world building that places the reader within its propulsive storyline. Offering both drama and fast paced excitement.

A spectacular magic system, that was so was easy to follow and descriptive. Seriously one of the best YA ones that I have come across in long time.

When a wizard casts, they slip into the Null, a place where time does not follow the same as real time, it’s slowed down. In the Null is where the wizard carve spells called Glyphs, into the air with their wands called Loci. The author seamlessly writing makes all the details and elements come together in fighting sequences.

Alka Chelrazi is truly an impressive three dimensional character. She is fierce along with being courageously bold. I absolutely loved her, and enjoyed her character growth as the book progressed.

The book is full of loss and heartache and destruction. We follow Alka as she set on revenging her parents death and lifting the oppression from the Shoulders of the Humbles.

Along the way she will have leave her loner personification and form unlikely bonds of friendship if she wants to complete the tasks that has been set before her. I enjoyed the other character in the book and felt they were just as compelling as the MC.

The LGBTQAI+ representation is really well done. Along with the tension and excitement rising right up to the satisfying ending.

I highly recommend!

On A Side Note:

I think it’s unfair to even compare this book to HP. Long before HP was even thought of their has been magical academia books. Just because you never have read them doesn’t mean that they haven’t been out there!

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Author

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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