• The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy

  • By: Anne Ursu
  • Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed author of The Real Boy and The Lost Girl comes a wondrous and provocative fantasy about a kingdom beset by monsters, a mysterious school, and a girl caught in between them.

If no one notices Marya Lupu, is likely because of her brother, Luka. And that’s because of what everyone knows: that Luka is destined to become a sorcerer. 

The Lupus might be from a small village far from the capital city of Illyria, but that doesn’t matter. Every young boy born in in the kingdom holds the potential for the rare ability to wield magic, to protect the country from the terrifying force known only as the Dread. 

For all the hopes the family has for Luka, no one has any for Marya, who can never seem to do anything right. But even so, no one is prepared for the day that the sorcerers finally arrive to test Luka for magical ability, and Marya makes a terrible mistake. Nor the day after, when the Lupus receive a letter from a place called Dragomir Academy - a mysterious school for wayward young girls. Girls like Marya.

Soon she is a hundred miles from home, in a strange and unfamiliar place, surrounded by girls she’s never met. Dragomir Academy promises Marya and her classmates a chance to make something of themselves in service to one of the country’s powerful sorcerers. But as they learn how to fit into a world with no place for them, they begin to discover things about the magic the men of their country wield, as well as the Dread itself - things that threaten the precarious balance upon which Illyria is built.

©2021 Anne Ursu (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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How to stand out

In a literary world awash in magic academies, how to make one more story stand out. The approach here in book 1 is to turn it into a morality play, which sometimes felt to me like a dramatized lecture. Once the goat got loose, I felt the text became more of a story, but unevenly so. The parents, the teachers, the sorcerers all sounded too cardboardy. The moral significance of everything was expressed by reverse mansplaining. I have no issue with the cultural premise nor the actuality of the academy; just the packaging.

If there were to be a second book, I would check it out, fingers crossed.

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Amazing book

Impossible to stop listening to loved it. It is a very fancifully woven story with intricate details!!

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What a amazing book

The begging was a little boring but the end was amazing and had such a plot and a twist in the book. It had such a great ending

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Negative vibe throughout

I am all for positive messages for girls, but this drags on and on in a negative fashion throughout the whole book to get to a “girl power” finale. Eh.