Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 576 pages, 3.24 × 2.45 × 0.51 in
Published: December 26, 2006
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385733410
ISBN - 13: 9780385733410
Read from the Book
December 1895 Spence Academy for Young Ladies Ah, Christmas! The very mention of the holiday conjures such precious, sentimental memories for most: a tall evergreen tree hung with tinsel and glass; gaily wrapped presents strewn about; a roaring fire and glasses filled with cheer; carolers grouped round the door, their jaunty hats catching the snow as it falls; a nice fat goose resting upon a platter, surrounded by apples. And of course, fig pudding for dessert. Right. Jolly good. I should like to see that very much. These images of Christmas cheer are miles away from where I sit now, at the Spence Academy for Young Ladies, forced to construct a drummer boy ornament using only tinfoil, cotton, and a small bit of string, as if performing some diabolical experiment in cadaver regeneration. Mary Shelley''s monster could not be half so frightening as this ridiculous thing. The figure will not remind a soul of Christmas happiness. More likely, it will reduce children to tears. "This is impossible," I grumble. I elicit no pity from any quarter. Even Felicity and Ann, my two dearest friends, which is to say my only friends here, will not come to my aid. Ann is determined to turn wet sugar and small bits of kindling into an exact replica of the Christ child in a manger. She seems to take no notice of anything beyond her own two hands. For her part, Felicity turns her cool gray eyes to me as if to say, Suffer. I am. No, instead, it is the beastly Cecily Temple who answers me.
From the Publisher
Gemma Doyle is looking forward to a holiday from Spence
Academy-spending time with her friends in the city, attending balls
in fancy gowns with plunging necklines, and dallying with the
handsome Lord Denby. Yet amid these distractions, her visions
intensify-visions of three girls dressed in white, to whom
something horrific has happened that only the realms can
The lure is strong, and soon Gemma, Felicity, and Ann are turning
flowers into butterflies in the enchanted world that Gemma takes
them to. To the girls'' great joy, their beloved Pippa is there as
well, eager to complete their circle of friendship.
But all is not well in the realms-or out. Kartik is back,
desperately insisting to Gemma that she must bind the magic, lest
colossal disaster befall her. Gemma is willing to comply, for this
would bring her face-to-face with her late mother''s greatest
friend, now Gemma''s foe-Circe. Until Circe is destroyed, Gemma
cannot live out her destiny. But finding Circe proves a most
perilous task. . . .
This sumptuous companion to A Great and Terrible Beauty
teems with Victorian thrills and chills that play out against the
rich backdrop of 1895 London, a place of shadows and light . . .
where inside great beauty can lie a rebel angel.
About the Author
Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times
bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy, comprised of A Great and
Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far
Thing. She is also the author of Beauty Queens and
Going Bovine, which won the Michael L. Printz Award. Libba
lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, son, and two cats.
Visit her at libbabray.com.