The popular daughter of a powerful nobleman, Alyx Egalion dreams of marrying her best friend Cayr, the crown prince of Rionn, and ruling at his side. But her planned future is shattered when she’s unexpectedly sent away to the distant DarkSkull Hall to become a mage.
Secretive, isolated, and wreathed in magic, DarkSkull is a cold place where only magical power and lineage matter. Desperately lonely, and desperate to go home, Alyx clings to a single hope... surviving her training so she can return to the life she dreams of.
But as Alyx is drawn further into the world of mages, she discovers terrible secrets that hide her true past and challenge everything she's ever believed in. The world is not as safe as she thought it was. Outside DarkSkull, shadows are stirring. The strongest mages are disappearing without a trace. A long-held truce between powerful kingdoms wavers on a knife’s edge. Alyx’s long-buried magic might be enough to save them all… if she can learn to master it.
With this realisation comes a heartbreaking choice… between the life she’s always wanted, and taking her place as a warrior mage to help fight the growing darkness.
Unlike most heroines, Alyx is a noblewoman whose reluctance to leave the comforts of home sets the stage for this excellent coming-of-age story. Well-written. I am excited to begin Book 2.
The story was a bit slow to start but exciting and absorbing once you get into it. There is a lot of mystery and suspense which will no doubt start to be revealed in the next book. Can’t wait.
I normally shy away from books about young adult schools ... Especially mage schools but I thought I would give this one a try and found myself totally invested in the story. Even though I really disliked Alyx at first...well she was grating through almost the whole story...she really did reform herself at the end. And Dash? Geez...I hope something comes out of her friendship with him.
I downloaded a spin off book and decided to start with this series. I like the way the author pulls you into the story. Good word building . Great characters. Definitely worth reading
I first discovered this gem when my manager asked me to read it to see if it was something we should stock in store (I work for Harry Hartog Woden). I opened it up intending to read a few chapters... and finished the book a few hours later! I could not put it down! The author has done a fantastic job of setting up a rich world filled with a diverse cast of characters and cultures, political intrigue and colourful histories. The characters are the stars of this wonderful story, as Alyx and her friends overcome ever more dangerous obstacles, learning to trust eachother and, perhaps most importantly, themselves. A coming of age tale that seamlessly weaves together magic, friendship, mystery, inner strength and a hidden danger lurking in the wings; Darkskull hall is a great read from start to finish that will leave you demanding more.
Bought this from the local bookshop in one of those "blind date with a book" deals. At first I wasn't entirely sure I was going to like Alyx, but the more I read the more I enjoyed the book! Ending up spending my entire day off reading this book from cover to cover, I didn't want to put it down!
What a wonderful journey this book takes you on. I love the different characters and am really eager to see where the story will take me in book 2.
I love this saga! Very well written grate imagination and I found it spell binding! Highly recommend it!
Set in the context of a mystery surrounding the story's heroine, a young air headed noble who, thrown out of her comfort zone, is forced to develop physical, magical, friendship and relational skills. The strength of this book is that it is a well written take on the journey theme. Thanks to the author
I absolutely loved this book and await with baited breath for the next one. Lisa Cassidy transported me into a world of intrigue, mystery and magic, I didn't put the book down!
This was a good solid read, and a nice and lengthy one to get your teeth into. The novel is well written with developed characters with a definite edge of complexity. The environment is set around the 'academy' style and this was carried out in the manner of a medieval style setting with plenty of creativity and a strong storyline. I'm looking forward to seeing the next novel next year and as usual, I'm hoping it won't be a long enough wait to lose momentum and fall off my radar.