Legacies (Shadow Grail, #1)
by Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill
Published July 6, 2010
Spirit White has survived from a deadly car crash that has killed her mother and father and her sister. She has been discovered by a school with special talents, called magic. A couple of months after staying, people begin to disappear, some vanish to be never seen again, so Spirit and her new friends begin the investigation. But will they find out the truth of what is going on? Or will Spirit and her friends suffer a terrible fate from which they don't know about yet?
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I love this book! But then, I liked the whole "magic school" thing long before Harry Potter came around.
The school in this book, Oakhurst, is a school for orphans. All the orphans are able to do magic. Except Spirit.
Everyone knows Spirit is magical, or she wouldn't be in the school, but the testing doesn't show her leaning to one branch of magic or another. Her powers just don't seem to have manifested yet.
Strange things are happening at the school: students are disappearing, and they have been for a very long time.
I know there are a lot of people out there who are probably saying this is a Harry Potter wannabe. I can see how they might think that: an orphan, going to a magic school. However, I think those people aren't giving enough credit to the storyline. It's not Harry Potter, people, and it's not trying to be.