A Great and Terrible Beauty
The first book in the critically acclaimed New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy, the exhilarating and haunting saga from the author of The Diviners series and Going Bovine.
It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one.
To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?
“A delicious, elegant gothic.”—PW, Starred
“Shivery with both passion and terror.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Compulsively readable." --VOYA
A New York Times Bestseller
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A Book Sense Bestseller
BBYA (ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults)
Iowa High School Book Award
Garden State Teen Book Award
Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award
In a starred review, PW called this debut novel set in Victorian times "riveting." When the 16-year-old narrator's mother dies, the teen envisions how it happened, then finds herself en route to a British boarding school. "The pace is swift, the finale gripping." Ages 12-up.
Favorite book trilogy EVER.
Amazing. Brilliant. Wonderful. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this series. It inspired me to write and was what made me the book worm I am today. What I will say is how mean everyone is in this book, but either way this is definitely a MUST read.
So descriptive! Brilliant
I bought this book on a lark and thought it might be mildly diverting - and it started that way. But as it unfolds it is very imaginative and by the end I was hoping there would be more. So I am. Excited to see there are two more books. Here's to more of the realms!