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A James Patterson Presents novel

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 under cover 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 and kill, to 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, 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, as dark revelations unravel her resolve. Can Alka destroy the twisted game… without becoming a part of it?


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"Vicious, insightful, bloody; Andrew Shvarts knows exactly what he's doing."—#1 New York Times bestselling author E.K. Johnston
"Grabs you by the throat and never lets go. Dark and deep, this book demands to be read in one great, gasping gulp.—Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Give the Dark My Love
"An exciting, enticing adventure full of revenge and magic that takes a refreshing and nuanced look into power dynamics."—Tara Sim, author of Scavenge the Stars
"An addictive and invigorating tale of romance, revenge, and rebellion. Alka Chelrazi is a heroine I'd gladly follow to the ends of the earth."—Dahlia Adler, editor of His Hideous Heart
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