DarkSkull Hall. Secretive, gloomy and wreathed in magic. A place where young men and women with magic are turned into mages… if they survive the training. When Alyx Egalion is sent there just after her sixteenth birthday, she despairs. Nobody at DarkSkull cares that she’s the daughter of Rionn’s most powerful and wealthy lord, or that she’s practically betrothed to the future king, her best friend Cayr.
Trapped there by her father’s order for a full year, all she wants is to get back home to Cayr and her friends. Yet surviving DarkSkull is no easy task, and unable to access her magic, Alyx has nothing but her growing friendship with a handful of DarkSkull’s other misfits and her own wits to rely on for protection.
As the year passes, Alyx will learn the true nature of friendship, courage and loyalty, and in the process, find a strength inside herself she’d never realised was there. And outside DarkSkull, the shadows are gathering as a long held peace begins to show cracks… could Alyx’s long-buried magic be the one thing that saves them all?
Lisa Cassidy was born in Melbourne, Australia, but now lives in the nation’s capital – Canberra. While she mostly sticks to novel-length fantasy, she occasionally likes to break out with short stories on random things like unicorns and ninjas. When not writing, you’ll likely catch her enthusiastically spectating a basketball game (#NewYorkKnickForLife), drinking buckets of coffee, or…well, who is she kidding… writing! Feel free to follow Lisa on Twitter (@LCass_writes) or Facebook – she loves to discuss her work with readers! And you can check out her website at lcasswrites.com