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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of How to Hang a Witch comes a thriller set at a secretive boarding school where students are trained to carry on family legacies that have built - and toppled - empires. Think Umbrella Academy with teenage assassins.

November is as good as dead. She just doesn't know it yet.

At the international Academy Absconditi, there's no electricity, no internet, and an archaic eye-for-an-eye punishment system. Classes range from knife throwing and poisons to the art of deception. And the students? All silver-spoon descendants of the world's most elite strategists - training to become assassins, spies, and master impersonators. One is a virtuoso of accents - and never to be trusted. Another is a vicious fighter determined to exploit November's weaknesses. And then there's the boy with the mesmerizing eyes and a secret agenda. 

November doesn't know how an ordinary girl like her fits into the school's complicated legacy. But when a student is murdered, she'll need to separate her enemies from her allies before the crime gets pinned on her...or she becomes the killer's next victim. 

From New York Times best- selling author Adriana Mather comes the first book in a thrilling new series that will leave you breathless.

©2019 Adriana Mather (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Full of danger and intrigue, this series opener establishes a fascinating premise with an international cast of tenuous allies and ambiguous adversaries that will keep our heroine, and her readers, on a knife’s edge." (The Bulletin)

"Anything is possible in this world of cloaks and daggers. A strong beginning that will leave readers hungry for more." (Kirkus Reviews)

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NOVEMBER.....

I am anxiously awaiting book 2. Adriana Mather is a literary genius! Cassandra Morris is a divine narrator! The performance was great, the book was NEXT LEVEL. The plot of this book has so many twists and turns I felt like I was on a roller coaster. I could not put it down. Honestly the character development is what has me so shook. Adriana has always done a good job making me feel like I know her characters and can connect with them, but this book is in a league of its own. November is one of the most competent and compelling protagonists I have ever had the pleasure of reading.I cannot wait to see where her journey takes her in the next installment of this hopefully very long series.

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Keep A Secret

Adriana Mather has been my new favorite author since How to Hang a Witch came out a few years ago. She’s done it again with the secret society that November is thrust into.
The book kept me captivated and guessing who November really is until the end. The narrator captures November’s spirit wonderfully.

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decent

this is the third book by Mather I've purchased, but this would be the first audio version. narrator was good, story was interesting enough, but Mather's other two are still my favorites. I am interested to see how the story continues.

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Wouldn’t recommend

I pushed through this book and still it wasn’t as good as the other reviews raved. Maybe it’s just me, but I have seen some other reviews saying it wasn’t worth the hype.

The characters lacked depth and the author just explains it as ‘not being able to talk about their background because they are spies’ which I get but leaves the characters as uninteresting. There were no characters I truly liked: November was a naive Mary Sue, Layla was cold and rude (yet was better than all the other miserable characters just because she was at least not creepy), Ashai stares at her neck pulse and Brandon who I thought might be nice, turned out to be a jerk who hated her. They weren’t understandable at all and it just infuriated me.

The main character, November, is a Mary Sue extrovert who for some reason, isn’t scared at all when she wakes up in an old castle at the start of the book. She’s really confused throughout the whole book, which I get, she only just arrived into this spy world, but she’s naive to the point of irritating. She also randomly blurts out to people what their name means, and considering she knows the origins of some names I’ve never heard of, like Ashai, she must have somehow memorised thousands of different names etymologies. She also knows lot of Latin vocabulary but doesn’t even know the grammar (and as a Latin student myself, grammar is really important). Overall, November is too perfect, too naive and had almost no character flaws that are truly bad.

Since I listened to it as an audiobook, I had more time to think and be frustrated by November, but I still think this book lacks a lot of depth with poorly written characters. Not quite sure why I’m the only person who doesn’t seem to like this book. Is it just me?

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one of the best reads

Honestly this is probably the most of my favorite books by Adriana Mather I've read all her other books or listen technically cause with my eyes I can't read anymore because I get multiple headaches so I have to listen audiobooks But I must say that out of every book that she's written this series has been my favorite so far all of them are my favorite but this is definitely my top one favorite favorite I suggest everybody definitely listen or read her books because where she goes with them and the story is amazing it captivates you it brings you in to the story and to the character is in it it just keeps you at the edge I honestly hope that some of these books do become ATV series or even a movie one day because I would like to see them on screen. But I still love listening to her novels and I just hope she keeps producing more so I can keep listening to more because she has an amazing talent.

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different kind of story

I'm really excited about this series! I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the next one. the audiobook was great!

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love love love this story

had me giddy for ships and surprised at the end. can't wait to listen to the second book!!! Adriana is a fabulous author!!!!!

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I wasn’t too sure about this book since it’s not my usual genre; however, it exceeded my expectations & now I’m on to the 2nd one!

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new favorite!

finally a teenage character that sounds like one! I loved this book! it had you thinking and guessing non-stop! exciting characters and fresh storuline!. I love November!

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Couldn't listen to it fast enough

The story line kept me intrigued the entire time, I was on the edge of my seat a few times from anticipation, though some of the twists were expected. I would read and listen to this book again and again.

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  • Dawn
  • 06-26-19

another best seller

another fanatic story , gripping had me listening from start to finish non stop . what a great author can't wait for her next book

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  • Hannah
  • 01-04-20

OMGGGGG SOOO GOOD

This is the Best Buy you’ll ever make. Tha narrarator was SOO AMAZING. I loved her voicing and accents and her storytelling. And the plot and characters just i can’t even I’m so happy I stumbled onto this book. YOU HAVE TO READ IT NOW