Hogwarts on acid
About the book:
Tristan Fairholm has always liked fixing things. It makes up for everything in his life he can’t mend—his parents’ divorce, his father’s alcoholism, and his little brother’s weak heart. But when he kills his brother in a car accident, he destroys the only thing he truly cared for.
He has nearly given up when a mysterious woman appears and offers him a place at her school. Along with fifteen other juvenile delinquents, Tristan is given a chance to escape penitentiary while he studies magic in the wild mountains of Canada.
As he learns to extract and shape raw magic, Tristan finds unexpected friendship in his fellow students, from lovable Rusty Lennox to mysterious, fey Amber Ashton. But when the school is threatened by a vandal who endangers the lives of everyone living there, Tristan learns that the magic they are harvesting is being put to a dark and dangerous use. While he races to uncover the vandal before his friends are harmed, Tristan must decide if his new friends and his freedom are more important than his morals.
Review by Katy Haye:
Tristan was a fabulous character – scarred inside and out due to a road accident that killed his brother, which seems to have been indirectly caused due to an earthquake that never happened. That was so intriguing I had to read on.
I really liked the relationships between the students, especially between Tristan, Amber and Leila. I can’t wait to see more of them.
Starting steadily and picking up pace, The Natural Order finished with a superb action sequence finale. The revelation of what was really going on and why was breathtaking, and once I reached it I could understand why the teachers didn’t tell them earlier.
My only niggle was that I thought Tristan and his friends trusted Evvie far too easily – she refused to give any specifics of what she’d found out and wouldn’t reveal her sources. I expected the others to be more sceptical than they were -but perhaps that just reveals my cynicism!
The Natural Order is well worth a read. There are more in the series and I can’t wait to get started on the next. Even better, for a short time, you can get a copy of the ebook FREE. Grab your copy here (you’ll need to provide your email address, and you will be subscribed to RJ’s newsletter list, but if you decide The Natural Order isn’t for you after all you can simply unsubscribe).