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.
It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old
Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence,
a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone
to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming
true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse,
she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent
to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement
with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual
Gemma Doyle is looking forward to a holiday from Spence Academy—spending time with her friends in the city, attending balls in fancy gowns with plunging necklines, and dallying with the handsome Lord Denby. Yet amid these distractions, her visions intensify—visions of three girls dressed in white, to whom something horrific has happened that only the realms can explain.
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