Eleven-year-old Ella Durand is the first Conjuror to attend the Arcanum Training Institute, where Marvellers from all around the world come together to practice their cultural arts like brewing Indian spice elixirs, practicing Caribbean steel drum hypnosis, and bartering with fussy Irish faeries. Ella knows some people mistrust her Conjuror magic, often deemed “bad and unnatural,” but she’s eager to make a good impression—and, hopefully, some friends.
But Ella discovers that being the first isn’t easy, and not all of the Marvellers are welcoming. Still, she connects with fellow misfits Brigit, a girl who hates magic, and Jason, who is never found without a magical creature or two. Just as Ella begins to find her way at the A.T.I., a notorious criminal escapes from prison, supposedly with Conjurors’ help. Worse, her favorite teacher Masterji Thakur never returns from a research trip, and only Ella seems concerned about his disappearance.
As tensions grow in the Marvellian world, Ella finds herself the target of vicious rumors and growing suspicions. With the help of her new friends, Ella must find a way to clear her family’s name and track down her beloved mentor Masterji Thakur . . . before she loses her place at the A.T.I. forever.
Ready to enter the magical world of The Marvellers.
This book is prefect for any age. I really did love the characters and world building to it. Kinda did remind me of an update version of Harry Potter. Lots of magical creatures and yummy food inside. The cover for the book is so cool. I enjoy how the three main characters interact with other as friends. This book was well written and I really do love this world.
Ella in the book is a rule follower and the first conjuror to join the school in year. Mostly she is smart and keeping head low. Somehow trouble always had a way of finding her. She befriend unlikely allies and unlock hidden secrets about the school.
This cute read was so much fun and I’m so looking forward to book two.