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The Culling Trials: Book 1

(The first book in the Shadowspell Academy series)
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"This book is Harry Potter meets the Hunger Games in a bold twist on a classic magical young adult adventure. -Jaymin Eve, Bestselling Author of Supernatural Academy

You Don’t Choose The Academy. The Academy Chooses You.

I had no idea how those words would change my life. Or how they’d changed my life already…

Until the day the most dangerous man I’ve ever met waltzed onto my farm and left us a death sentence.

In an invitation.

My younger brother has been chosen for the prestigious, secret magical school hidden within the folds of our mundane world. A place so dangerous, they don’t guarantee you’ll make it out alive.If he doesn't go our entire family will be killed.

It’s the same invitation my older brother received three years ago—the same place he mysteriously died.

The academy has already killed one sibling. I’ll be damned if they take another.

I do the only thing an older sister can: chop off my hair, strap on two bras to flatten the girls, and take my brother’s place.

Magic and monsters are real. Assassins are coming for me, and the dead are prone to rise. What’s a girl faking it as a boy supposed to do? That’s right—beat the academy at its own game.

Or die trying.

Shadowspell Academy novels offer delicious cliffhangers that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final book - Shadowspell Academy: Year of the Chameleon (Book 6)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Dark, dangerous and addictive, Shadowspell Academy is the fantasy series of the year! The story wrapped its magic around me from page one [to the] nail-biting end!" - Debra Dunbar

"Dark family secrets, thrilling adventures, and a haunting mystery spiked with a hint of romance. Shadowspell Academy has it all." - Hailey Edwards

"This book is Harry Potter meets the Hunger Games in a bold twist on a classic magical young adult adventure." - Jaymin Eve

"Powerhouse authors Mayer and Breene have created a captivating world. With memorable characters and an exciting storyline, the Shadowspell Academy is impossible to put down. Absolutely riveting!" - Yasmine Galenorn

"As a fan of tough, brave, and smart leading women, Wild ranks right up there as one of my favorites. I love her as much as I love Tris from Divergent. Her magical abilities are only outshined by her cunning. An exciting supernatural ride that will keep you hooked from beginning to end!" - Renee George

"Breene and Mayer take the reader on a pulse-pounding ride along the the edge of a knife in this binge-worthy tribute to Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen." - Marina Maddix

"Shadowspell Academy is a delightfully brilliant read. Combine J.K Rowling with Suzanne Collins and you get Breene and Mayer." - Robyn Peterman

"When K.F. Breene and Shannon Mayer get together it's pure writing magic! Shadowspell Academy takes the college admission process to a whole new action-packed level." - Michelle M Pillow

"Rich world-building and well-developed characters, Shadowspell Academy was an adrenaline rush from start to finish. The identity of the villain kept me guessing to the very end. Five enthusiastic stars!" - Denise Grover Swank

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