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Now a Wall Street Journal and Washington Post best seller!

You don’t choose the academy. The academy chooses you.

Being accepted into an elite school of magic, monsters, and assassins was not my idea of higher education. But here I am, fighting my way through the Culling Trials to claim my right to be taught.

As if the gauntlet-type physical and mental tests aren’t enough, people are going missing. People who are my friends. 

In a dangerous world where no one is as they seem, the golden rule is simple: Trust no one. They think we should just look out for ourselves. That we should leave the fallen behind and ask no questions. They clearly think we’re idiots. I got this far by trusting my instincts, and I’m not going to back down now. 

Those kids won’t be left to die. Not on my watch.

©2019 K.F. Breene and Shannon Mayer (P)2019 K.F. Breene and Shannon Mayer

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  • Barb (Paging Through The Days)
  • 27-02-2020

Whoa!

Holy goblins and vampires, Batman! I mean, dang! This book was more intense, more chaotic and had a heck of lot more of Wilde being the loose, crazy, on edge fighter she is. It’s a lot being in the Culling Trials. Each task gets the group into more and more hot water yet, they pull themselves out. It’s a matter of staying one step ahead of the others. Wilde’s inner magic, the sensations and feelings she gets are getting more in-tune with her actions and she’s learning more and more to listen to her inner self.

It may be the only thing that saves her when one of her group is taken, her secret starts to get out and chaos blooms at her side.

It’s a wild ride and I’m so ready for more!

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  • laura
  • 04-02-2020

Loved it!

This series is awesome! Lots of excitement, mystery and laughter. In one scene, I could swear that I felt the wind on my face, it was so descriptive that I was completely immersed. Starting book 3 now!

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  • Curly's Ramblings
  • 30-01-2020

Wonderful story

Book 2 is highly entertaining with a rag tag crew of supes testing their abilities against the academy’s trials in order to determine whether or not they are worthy of additional training. The crew maybe young but there isn’t much in the way of the teenage against and typical words ( thank goodness)! Wilde is freaking hilarious! The storyline is action packed and fast paced. The characters are likable and believable! The story ends on a cliffhanger. The narrator did a fantastic job!

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  • MommaT
  • 28-09-2021

Magic, mystery, heart and action... fantastic!

Book 2 picks up directly where book 1 left us hanging off the hook!
Khristine Hvam brings the all the voices, excitement, emotions, and danger of the trials and makes the story truly come to life. Being a Texas girl, she has Wild's twang down, and really pulls the character traits out of each side character with a new voice for each.
Again, it's one thrill ride with the newfound magic of Harry Potter and the brutal trials of the Hunger Games, with a main character so full of wit, snark, and heart it's fun to just fun to see what will happen next. Wild is tough as nails, creating one heck of a band of misfits, that remarkably work together, and then shaping them into a formidable team. When she's outed as a girl, things get interesting, and a new mystery develops she's bound and determined to solve.
I'm about to dive into book 3! Go grab this and find something to do, because you won't want to turn it off!

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  • John abell/ Tara Hendrix
  • 12-07-2021

awesome

So far I really like it and I'm dying to see what happens to Wild and her crew! The authors create such lovable characters that you really want to get to know.

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  • Audrey LaLonde
  • 08-07-2021

Where is the conclusion?

This book just cuts off mid story. There is not cliff hanger. It is in the middle of scene and just ends. It’s almost like in the Movie elf when the book just ends and the Dad sells it any way to save money. Super weird.

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  • Jackie
  • 21-06-2021

another short book

I was not originally going to buy the rest of the series of this book. however, they put each book on salew for 5.98 so I bought them so I could finish the story. I love this author. I do feel that the book abruptly ends, like the first book. it seems like one story was cut up into all the parts. it should been 1, maybe 2 books for the entire story.... 3 if ur really stretching it. but now that I have them, I will keep listening. if not on sale, not worth the credit.

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  • logan
  • 26-04-2021

great read

loved it . narrator does an excellent job with all the characters. made the book for me.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 23-04-2021

Exciting series!

The mystery is real! And it’s getting good! I’m loving everything about this series so far! It would make a great set of movies or an awesome show on Netflix. I can’t wait to find out more and more about this world!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-04-2021

continuously good series

really enjoying this series and its many twists and turns. Very thankful book 3 is out as this ends on a (funny to me) cliffhanger & will be starting it after I leave this review.
Kudos to the narrator, as she shows off her talent with the many variety of voices (I'm going to look for other audios from her) and she really keeps the book moving and interesting.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 18-03-2020

Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials

Loads of fun following the trials with the different challenges. Wold proves she is the true leader, but is unable to keep her secret from everyone.

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  • Susan
  • 28-05-2021

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Great story. Much better sound quality thank you loves it can wait for the next

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  • Luckylilac
  • 15-08-2020

Slightly board

Personally i found it a Bit pointless, i do feel it has been really dragged out over 3 books and this middle one did feel a bit of a none starter

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