I just found my new book to talk peoples ears off about! I could not put this book down and have told all of my friends to get a copy to read.
Fast paced, fascinating characters, twists and turns, loved it all and am so happy I could dive right into the second.
This is a well structured and exciting tale, with a magical system that any Fantasy lover would die for.
Tom lives in St. Louis with his wonderful wife (who makes this all possible), two teenage children, and two dogs. When he's not busy writing he enjoys playing games-- especially turned based strategy ones, listening to music, and traveling.
There are exactly one hundred halls of magic to choose from. Ever since our parents were killed I knew exactly which hall was for me.
Aurelia "Aurie" Silverthorne is one of the best and brightest to ever apply to the Hundred Halls, the only magical university in the world. To be accepted, she must pass grueling trials that claim the lives of aspirants every year. But more than her desire to practice magic is at stake.
Aurie's little sister has been courting powerful forces in hopes of protecting herself from the beings that killed their parents, but alliances come with complications. As things spiral out of control, and dangerous foes arise at every turn, Aurie knows the only way to protect her sister is to pass the trials—even if it means making a terrible sacrifice.