A great and terrible beauty – Libba Bray

It’s 1895 and after the death of her mother in mysterious circumstances, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle leaves India for England to go to an exclusive boarding school for young ladies. Troubled by visions it is only when Gemma discovers a diary, recounting the events leading to a tragedy at the school twenty years earlier, that the way into the realms of her visions is revealed. Thus begins a forbidden and dangerous journey for Gemma and her friends, as they discover that the supernatural delights of the realms are overshadowed by a menace they cannot control. As Gemma’s magical powers develop and her knowledge of a mystical Order grows, so does her awareness of her destiny. A combination of fantasy, light horror and historical fiction, with a dash of romance, this is the first book in a trilogy.  

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