By: Helena Coggan
Genre: YFH - Fantasy & magical realism (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
Published: 14 Apr 2015
ISBN: 9781444794670


Rose Elmsworth has a secret.

For eighteen years, the world has been divided into the magically Gifted and the non-magical Ashkind, but Rose's identity is far more dangerous.

At fifteen, she has earned herself a place alongside her father in the Department, a brutal law-enforcement organisation run by the Gifted to control the Ashkind. But now an old enemy is threatening to start a catastrophic war, and Rose faces a challenging test of her loyalties.

How much does she really know about her father's past?

How far is the Department willing to go to keep the peace?

And, if the time comes, will Rose choose to protect her secret, or the people she loves?


Rose has a secret and so does her father. But in Rose’s world of magically gifted people and non-magical Ashkind, secrets are dangerous things. Is her Dad telling her everything about his past and where does the mysterious Loren Arkwood fit in?

This is a great novel for fantasy lovers from first time author Helena Coggan. Full of great characters and a fast paced plot that is filled with twists and turns, this will keep your students entertained for the entire book.

Best suited to girls Year 9 and up.

Reviewed by Michelle