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The first three novels in the series readers call ”Harry Potter meets The Godfather.” 40% OFF! This ebook bundle holds the first THREE books in the bestselling Academy Journals, and contains more than 1,200 pages of dark magic, devious merchant families, and palace intrigue. Ebon is a child of privilege—yet plagued by a dark legacy that haunts his every step. The first three novels in the series readers call ”Harry Potter meets The Godfather.” 40% OFF! This ebook bundle holds the first THREE books in the bestselling Academy Journals, and contains more than 1,200 pages of dark magic, devious merchant families, and palace intrigue. Ebon is a child of privilege—yet plagued by a dark legacy that haunts his every step. At the age of six, Ebon Drayden discovered he was an alchemist—a wizard who can transform matter with a simple touch. But his father forbade him to use his magic, and kept him from attending the Academy where he could learn to use it. Just before his seventeenth birthday, Ebon’s aunt enrolls him in the Academy against his father's wishes. Now at last he has the chance to use the magic he has so desperately yearned to control. But his family's dark name plagues him. His very presence terrifies the other students. Teachers regard him with suspicion. And before long, he is drawn into a scheme that spans all the nine kingdoms of Underrealm. THE ALCHEMIST'S TOUCH (Book 1) Distrusted by his fellow students and spurned by his instructor, Ebon is drawn into one of his family's shadowy schemes. It begins innocently enough—a package delivered to a tavern in the dead of night—but soon even his own kin suspect him of playing both sides against the middle. His only allies are two other outcasts within the citadel. With their help, he hopes to uncover the truth of the conspiracy—but his family's cruel bodyguard may not have Ebon's best interests at heart. THE MINDMAGE’S WRATH (Book 2) The High King’s Seat reels from a devastating attack. Those within the Academy attempt to resume their studies, all the while haunted by the empty chairs of those who died in the fighting. But the Academy is not yet safe. A murder shocks students and instructors alike to the core. And while the faculty hunt for the culprit, Ebon senses another fatal conspiracy brewing in the very bowels of the citadel. Someone has been stealing artifacts of immeasurable power, and only Ebon and his friends have any hope of stopping them. THE FIREMAGE’S VENGEANCE (Book 3) The Academy killer has escaped, and now holds the Dean’s son captive. Ebon and his friends want to save the boy—but their danger is even more personal, for the killer desires revenge against them. As the Dean grows increasingly suspicious of Ebon himself in the kidnapping, and the recent murders, he must play a deadly game of cat and mouse. For if anyone discovers the secret that Theren is forced to hide, it will mean a slow death under the knives of Mystics for Ebon and all his friends… Grab your box set now and save 40% off buying the individual books!


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The first three novels in the series readers call ”Harry Potter meets The Godfather.” 40% OFF! This ebook bundle holds the first THREE books in the bestselling Academy Journals, and contains more than 1,200 pages of dark magic, devious merchant families, and palace intrigue. Ebon is a child of privilege—yet plagued by a dark legacy that haunts his every step. The first three novels in the series readers call ”Harry Potter meets The Godfather.” 40% OFF! This ebook bundle holds the first THREE books in the bestselling Academy Journals, and contains more than 1,200 pages of dark magic, devious merchant families, and palace intrigue. Ebon is a child of privilege—yet plagued by a dark legacy that haunts his every step. At the age of six, Ebon Drayden discovered he was an alchemist—a wizard who can transform matter with a simple touch. But his father forbade him to use his magic, and kept him from attending the Academy where he could learn to use it. Just before his seventeenth birthday, Ebon’s aunt enrolls him in the Academy against his father's wishes. Now at last he has the chance to use the magic he has so desperately yearned to control. But his family's dark name plagues him. His very presence terrifies the other students. Teachers regard him with suspicion. And before long, he is drawn into a scheme that spans all the nine kingdoms of Underrealm. THE ALCHEMIST'S TOUCH (Book 1) Distrusted by his fellow students and spurned by his instructor, Ebon is drawn into one of his family's shadowy schemes. It begins innocently enough—a package delivered to a tavern in the dead of night—but soon even his own kin suspect him of playing both sides against the middle. His only allies are two other outcasts within the citadel. With their help, he hopes to uncover the truth of the conspiracy—but his family's cruel bodyguard may not have Ebon's best interests at heart. THE MINDMAGE’S WRATH (Book 2) The High King’s Seat reels from a devastating attack. Those within the Academy attempt to resume their studies, all the while haunted by the empty chairs of those who died in the fighting. But the Academy is not yet safe. A murder shocks students and instructors alike to the core. And while the faculty hunt for the culprit, Ebon senses another fatal conspiracy brewing in the very bowels of the citadel. Someone has been stealing artifacts of immeasurable power, and only Ebon and his friends have any hope of stopping them. THE FIREMAGE’S VENGEANCE (Book 3) The Academy killer has escaped, and now holds the Dean’s son captive. Ebon and his friends want to save the boy—but their danger is even more personal, for the killer desires revenge against them. As the Dean grows increasingly suspicious of Ebon himself in the kidnapping, and the recent murders, he must play a deadly game of cat and mouse. For if anyone discovers the secret that Theren is forced to hide, it will mean a slow death under the knives of Mystics for Ebon and all his friends… Grab your box set now and save 40% off buying the individual books!

30 review for The Academy Journals First Trilogy Box Set: Books 1-3 of the Academy Journals

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    Interesting Plot, but oh so slow The Academy Journals, a trilogy. One that has action that comes in fits and spurts. Slow? Oh so, words that take you in circles as nothing much happens. It is an interesting plot, but takes forever to advance. Sadly, this author should learn how to craft a much tighter story, one that advances quickly and has lots of action. A good Editor would have shown the author how to cut down their plot to more manageable pieces. Perhaps they could have shown this author JK Interesting Plot, but oh so slow The Academy Journals, a trilogy. One that has action that comes in fits and spurts. Slow? Oh so, words that take you in circles as nothing much happens. It is an interesting plot, but takes forever to advance. Sadly, this author should learn how to craft a much tighter story, one that advances quickly and has lots of action. A good Editor would have shown the author how to cut down their plot to more manageable pieces. Perhaps they could have shown this author JK Rowlings works to see what a well crafted story actually looks like in truth. I did like how the author created his characters. You have a put upon young man, one whom his Father hates for no discernible reason. A young man who turns to a prostitute for love. That I don't think belongs in any Young Adult story - the aggrandizing of the world's oldest profession. Why was it included? It did not make any sense to me why a working girl would actually fall in love, yes in Love with the story's flawed hero. Sure he's sixteen years old, but this kid is No child. His thoughts and feelings for the "Lover" were totally misplaced. Sure the author weaved her into his story, but it could've been better if he fell for another student. The authors other characters reflect more current norms. There are black skinned characters, lesbian characters, where they are treated like everyone else - that is until they kiss in front of the main two male characters. The author has the two boys drop their jaws when they witness the two girls share a kiss. This was an odd thing for the author to write - if homosexuality was considered the norm, why did he write that the boys were sort of shocked at witnessing two girls kissing? This is again something a good Editor would have spotted and quickly removed from the story. Would I recommend these novels. No. Not at all. They were just too slow for my tastes. Plus, they are all in need of a good Editor. If they were tightened in plot, excess verbiage removed, and editorial type mistakes removed, then I would recommend them. But as they stand now, I feel I was robbed of the time I spent reading them. And yes, I spent hours reading them, always hoping they would improve, but alas, they never did. Been until I reached the last novel's epilogue, I kept hope alive, but it was all for nothing. The epilogue itself was too contrived to be valid. Just know that there are other young adult novels, in the Fantasy genre that are much, much better, and absolutely rewarding to read. So skip this trilogy, and find your way to those other novels. You'll be glad you did.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dave Higgins

    Combining his own spin on a school for sorcerers with the paranoia of a political thriller, Robinson has created a tale that will appeal to fans of both fantasy and mystery. Ebon Drayden discovered he possessed the gift of transmutation while still a child. However, his father forbade him to learn magic, requiring instead he take his dead brother’s place as heir. However, just before his seventeenth birthday, his aunt finally convinced the family to let him join the Academy. Over a decade older t Combining his own spin on a school for sorcerers with the paranoia of a political thriller, Robinson has created a tale that will appeal to fans of both fantasy and mystery. Ebon Drayden discovered he possessed the gift of transmutation while still a child. However, his father forbade him to learn magic, requiring instead he take his dead brother’s place as heir. However, just before his seventeenth birthday, his aunt finally convinced the family to let him join the Academy. Over a decade older than the other first year students, he is both mocked for his ineptitude and feared for his connection to one of the most distrusted families in Underrealm. And, without neither allies nor tales of great prowess to speak for him, his continued studies depend on performing a few tasks for his father; tasks that suggest his family might be as lacking in honour as others claim. The events of these three books interweave with Robinson’s Nightblade tales, offering those who have read some or all of those both other perspectives on the events of those arcs and greater context for the mysteries of these. However, Robinson provides both a complete story and plenty of detail such that these novels stand as a solid introduction to Underrealm. All of the events take place within the King’s Seat, capital city of the realm, with most taking place within the Academy itself. As such, the background is deep rather than wide. However, Robinson maintains a lightness of exposition, preventing this focus from turning the story into a lesson. Indeed, the actual lessons that Ebon attends are—while a strong and engaging narrative in themselves—free of long speeches or tedious repetitions. In addition to serving as a powerful symbol for Ebon’s sense of lacking the understanding other mages have had since childhood, this mystical “feel the magic rather than follow the steps” approach skilfully avoids the issue of writing a set of instructions that sound like rules of magic yet don’t make that magic seem as mundane (in process if not in ingredients) as any other subject. While the curriculum differs strongly from that of most real world schools, student life is immediately recognisable. Students form hierarchies and cliques based on a school of magic being better or worse, respect and power within the student body goes to those who are the most forceful not the most worthy, and the bookish and odd are outsiders still. However, what differentiates this from many “ill-at-ease youth enters a school/society/paramilitary force for those with magical gifts” tales, is that Ebon is—apart from starting his training much later than usual—not that special. Although he is a scion of a powerful family, he does not bear the traits of a destined hero; he shows no unusual gift lost to the ages; he is—for a mage—a decent and dutiful but unremarkable youth. His only potential advantage—that of the Dreyden lineage—is a burden to him, as he is too decent to be the man who would use its power while still bearing the reputation of one marked by unpleasant deeds. A reputation made closer to the truth by his father’s demands. As the novels progress, Ebon’s political issues take a more prominent place than his lessons and difficulties learning magic. However, the original struggle for simple competence is never completely absent, maintaining both the simple intimacy of the narrative and the sense of ordinary people facing threats rather than prophecied heroes following a destiny. Ebon’s lack of a manifest destiny renders him a highly empathetic character. While his options include those not available to the reader, his choices must be made with the same lack of a universe conspiring for his success that readers face. As such, he is likely to seem as familiar to those who had pleasant school days as those who were consigned to the periphery. The supporting cast share the same qualities as both Ebon and the background. Similar, rather than a broad mix, they are distinguished not by the unique roles and skills that Loren and her companions displayed through the Nightblade arc, but by differences of character and viewpoint. While each mage is shaped by their magical school, even the most briefly mentioned of mages is defined by more than their spells. The collection also contains a series of essays on the magic of Underrealm, and other supporting documentation. These provide a few facts and hints that are not present in the novels, so are likely to be of interest to those who seek to explore every nuance of the world; however, they contain nothing essential to understand the plot, so may be skimmed or disregarded by those seeking an intimate tale of action. Overall, I enjoyed these novels greatly. I recommend the collection to readers seeking fast-paced fantasy with an interesting, but not overpowering, magic system and a good balance of political threat and character. I received a free copy from the publisher with a request for a fair review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tenoko1

    I DNF'd about three chapters in. I really wanted to like it, but the dialogue was forced and awkward, the main character does nothing but whine and have sex with a prostitute and continue to feel sorry for himself in the first three chapters. I can't even remember his name. Starting a story in the middle of a scene is a great way to hit the ground running, this would have done better if it was started much earlier so we could understand and sympathize with his pity party and whining instead of " I DNF'd about three chapters in. I really wanted to like it, but the dialogue was forced and awkward, the main character does nothing but whine and have sex with a prostitute and continue to feel sorry for himself in the first three chapters. I can't even remember his name. Starting a story in the middle of a scene is a great way to hit the ground running, this would have done better if it was started much earlier so we could understand and sympathize with his pity party and whining instead of "OMFG grow a damn fucking spine or stfu" being your response.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Phthon

    Oh wow! I love the depth of this world! I love that the stories encompass other characters and touch on connections to characters in previous books. Definitely drew me in even more to this world and I hope to see more of Ebon and his friends in future books as I have grown fond of them. They are brave and likeable. Garrett Robinson truly is a master storyteller and now one of my favorite fantasy authors.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Absolutely amazing set and the extra addendum just adds to a great story (world). I received an ARC an am giving an unbias opinion.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Randy Patrick

    Awesome Another great series set in underrealm. Great new characters and some crossovers from the nightblade series. Really looking forward to seeing what happens from here.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Clayj98

    Finished This wraps up the academy series and I like how it transitions Ebon into his next chapter of life, as well as gives a glimpse into who might be involved with the shades

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tony Fecteau

    This was a very enjoyable series. I found Ebon a little naive at the beginning, but that allowed us to see him grow as a person throughout the books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Love it! Marvelous, intriguing and always looking for the next twist! I love Garrett's writing and the Underrealm world! I am off to read the chronicles Love it! Marvelous, intriguing and always looking for the next twist! I love Garrett's writing and the Underrealm world! I am off to read the chronicles

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Great series The Underrealm books just keep getting better. I can't wait to read the next one. Looking forward to seeing where the story goes next Great series The Underrealm books just keep getting better. I can't wait to read the next one. Looking forward to seeing where the story goes next

  11. 5 out of 5

    PJ Lea

    Book 1: Set in Underrealm, this is about Ebon, a young alchemist. It begins with Ebon's life before the Academy, not action packed but it sets the scene for what happens later. Towards the middle of the book it really starts to get going and there is intrigue, magic and lots of action. It becomes much faster paced and had me enthralled as Ebon and his friends fought through danger to do what they felt was right. The epilogue is a great bonus ,(always read to the very end of these books!) Book 2: Th Book 1: Set in Underrealm, this is about Ebon, a young alchemist. It begins with Ebon's life before the Academy, not action packed but it sets the scene for what happens later. Towards the middle of the book it really starts to get going and there is intrigue, magic and lots of action. It becomes much faster paced and had me enthralled as Ebon and his friends fought through danger to do what they felt was right. The epilogue is a great bonus ,(always read to the very end of these books!) Book 2: This, the second book in the academy series set in Underrealm, goes much darker than the first. It manages to focus on the students while still hinting at wider goings on, stopping it from feeling totally insular. The plot has incredibly intricate twists that often catch you by surprise, keeping you on the edge and nervous as to what is to come. The epilogue is as curse-worthy as always in books by Mr Robinson, a real jaw dropper. Always, always read these books to the very last page, you wouldn't want to miss something important! Book 3: A new and even more gripping episode in this epic fantasy about Ebon and the Academy. Dilemmas abound, both moral and physical, many questions are answered and the danger is as enthralling as the previous books. The outcome was inevitable in a way, though it was a shock that it happened so soon. However, the epilogue, now that was a real sucker punch! I sat and thought that I should have seen it coming but I didn't. Talk about a sting in the tail! *I read these books separately*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Donald Flint

    The academy journals,books 1- 3 An entertaining, gripping story that has me looking forward to more of this series of adventures. On with Academy series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ann Zdunczyk

    Secrets Secrets come out that I never expected. Cain finally sees that he was wrong about Ebon. What will happen next?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Stroben

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angie Engelbert

  16. 5 out of 5

    Truman Osborne

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Watt.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bjorn Bengtsson

  20. 4 out of 5

    john g poole

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

  22. 5 out of 5

    Donald Miller

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Boyapati

  24. 5 out of 5

    matt westgate

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Ward

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gethin

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael Killingbeck

  28. 5 out of 5

    J

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paul Caruso

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

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