Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for It Ends In Fire by Andrew Shvarts. This tour is being hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.
It Ends in Fire by Andrew Shvarts
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: July 6, 2021
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?
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It took me a bit to really get into this book, but once I did, it was fast paced and hard to put down.
Alka and her sister, Sera, watched their parents get killed by a wizard. Alka has the Godsmark and is a wizard, but she wants revenge. Her father gave them an address to go to if there were problems. It led the young girls to a woman named Whispers. Whispers is a Revenant, a rebel. The Revenants want to remove wizards from power and make things more equal. The Humbles (non wizards) are oppressed and not in power. Alka just wants revenge more than anything. Whispers comes up with a plan. Alka will ambush and kill a young wizard, Alayne, and take her place at Blackwater Academy. This is a top school for wizards. It’s where the senators, generals, etc come from. Alka needs to learn as many secrets as she can. But Alka also just wants to burn it all down.
Alayne makes friends with a few other wizards and one humble girl. She can’t tell them who she is or why she’s really there. So she has to play a role. But Alka has trouble controlling herself at times. When she finds out that the winners of the great game will end up on the senate floor, Alka decides that she needs to win and bring it all down around her. But the games are not easy and she finds herself face to face with the person she hates the most. Alka starts to fall for two people while she’s there. She finds that she cares about some of the wizards. But she also makes enemies and there are constant reminders on why she’s there.
I really liked the magic system of using glyphs. I felt for Alka throughout the book. There are chapters from the past that slowly fill in the details. I just wish there was a bit more. It looks like this is a standalone, but I found myself attached enough that I want more.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5 on Goodreads. Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for my review copy.
Warnings for revenge, gore/blood, death. There is also mentions of sex and teenage drinking. The book focuses a lot on oppression, too.
“Nothing bolsters a tyrant more than crushing a rebellion.”
“I say, what’s good about fitting in? I say, you’re here because you’re different.”
Blackwater Academy is where Wizards are made. And I’m coming for every last one of them.
For as long as there have been oppressors, there have been collaborators.
“A broken world cannot be mended through kind words, through civility, through compassion. A broken world cannot be reformed or redeemed. A broken world only ends one way.”
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 Story, Choices, and more. Andrew lives in San Jose, California, with his wife, son, and two cats.
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