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.
The last of the series! I don't know to be happy or sad that it's over. This was also a very good read - Libba Bray didn't leave an ending that is a fairytale and everything works out in the end, I was truly sad when I read the ending. I wasn't expecting it but I still loved it so much. There is nonstop energy and action, coupled with the wonderful love triangle between Kartik and Simon. I was constantly turning the pages and wondering what would happen next. You learn a lot more about the characters in this last book and I think Libba finished it beautifully!