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ALKA CHELRAZI IS ON A MISSION: 1. Infiltrate Blackwater Academy 2. Win the Great Game 3. Burn Wizard society to the ground As a child, Alka witnessed her parents' brutal murder at the hands of Wizards before she was taken in by an underground rebel group. Now, Alka is deep undercover at the most prestigious school of magic in the Republic: Blackwater Academy, a place where ALKA CHELRAZI IS ON A MISSION: 1. Infiltrate Blackwater Academy 2. Win the Great Game 3. Burn Wizard society to the ground As a child, Alka witnessed her parents' brutal murder at the hands of Wizards before she was taken in by an underground rebel group. Now, Alka is deep undercover at the most prestigious school of magic in the Republic: Blackwater Academy, a place where status is everything, where decadent galas end in blood-splattered duels, where every student has their own agenda. To survive, Alka will have to lie, cheat, kill, and use every trick in her spy's toolkit. And for the first time in her life, the fiercely independent Alka will have to make friends in order to recruit the misfits and the outcasts into her motley rebellion. But even as she draws closer to victory — to vengeance — she sinks deeper into danger as suspicious professors and murderous rivals seek the traitor in their midst, and dark revelations unravel her resolve. Can Alka destroy the twisted game...without becoming a part of it?


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ALKA CHELRAZI IS ON A MISSION: 1. Infiltrate Blackwater Academy 2. Win the Great Game 3. Burn Wizard society to the ground As a child, Alka witnessed her parents' brutal murder at the hands of Wizards before she was taken in by an underground rebel group. Now, Alka is deep undercover at the most prestigious school of magic in the Republic: Blackwater Academy, a place where ALKA CHELRAZI IS ON A MISSION: 1. Infiltrate Blackwater Academy 2. Win the Great Game 3. Burn Wizard society to the ground As a child, Alka witnessed her parents' brutal murder at the hands of Wizards before she was taken in by an underground rebel group. Now, Alka is deep undercover at the most prestigious school of magic in the Republic: Blackwater Academy, a place where status is everything, where decadent galas end in blood-splattered duels, where every student has their own agenda. To survive, Alka will have to lie, cheat, kill, and use every trick in her spy's toolkit. And for the first time in her life, the fiercely independent Alka will have to make friends in order to recruit the misfits and the outcasts into her motley rebellion. But even as she draws closer to victory — to vengeance — she sinks deeper into danger as suspicious professors and murderous rivals seek the traitor in their midst, and dark revelations unravel her resolve. Can Alka destroy the twisted game...without becoming a part of it?

30 review for It Ends in Fire

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    I've had this dark academia fantasy novel on my TBR for AGES and it's finally on sale for $2.99!!!! YESSSSS I've had this dark academia fantasy novel on my TBR for AGES and it's finally on sale for $2.99!!!! YESSSSS

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    A really great alternative to that famous wizard school series! If you like magic and mayhem (and heroines who aren't afraid to GO THERE), check this out. A really great alternative to that famous wizard school series! If you like magic and mayhem (and heroines who aren't afraid to GO THERE), check this out.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    Imagine if Harry Potter got real angry about his parent's death, and trained in secret to infiltrate Hogwarts and kill the headmaster. Now imagine HP was a girl hell-bent on revenge and gave zero craps and took out Draco before he got really annoying. Also, she wants to infiltrate a wizarding school and kill the headmaster. If you're rubbing your hands together manically, keep reading. After the death of her parents, young wizard Alka teams up a rebellion alongside her younger sister. There she Imagine if Harry Potter got real angry about his parent's death, and trained in secret to infiltrate Hogwarts and kill the headmaster. Now imagine HP was a girl hell-bent on revenge and gave zero craps and took out Draco before he got really annoying. Also, she wants to infiltrate a wizarding school and kill the headmaster. If you're rubbing your hands together manically, keep reading. After the death of her parents, young wizard Alka teams up a rebellion alongside her younger sister. There she learns the art of magic and schemes with them on how to take down the governing wizards who had suppressed and imprisoned them for far too long. Alka agrees to pose as a female wizard and infiltrates Blackwater, a school for wizards. There she meets your Draco sorts, and your Ron sorts and soon realizes the only way to get close to completing her mission is to win a series of contests in which she'll be placed in front of the Senate as a congratulation. She plans to wreak havoc and leave chaos in her wake. This is part one of why I love Alka's character. Firstly, she's full of fury and I love that sort of hot, fiery woman. But she also has spunk. She's a loner by nature and trusts very few, but when her walls do come down, they come down HARD. She's scheming, out of control ball of anger and I just want to eat her up. She's also queer and I love all the romances that come along with it. Oh, and the magic system is divine. When casting, wizards slip into the Null, where time slows to a crawl. In this snail-aced void, they carve Glyphs, the art of sketching spells in the air with their Loci, or wands. Every time this occurred, I thought of Frodo when he put on the ring. THERE IS NO LIFE IN THE VOID. ONLY DEATH. I couldn't help it. Now, you're hearing all about magic and romance and thinking, this sounds like a fun read. But this book is wicked dark. There's a no-holds-barred competition and magic that is nowhere near as frilly and whimsical as you might think. We also have a dual timeline that gave us insight into Alka's past and how it shaped her into the person she is today. Her past is heartbreaking and violent, and it will tear at your heartstrings. Overall, I liked this book. The plot hits all the marks: feisty protagonist, fast-paced and action-packed. I did want a bit more from the people around Alka especially the romances, but that didn't truly affect my rating. I had a great time reading this book. I'm pretty sure it took me so long to finish because I didn't want it to end. :D Thank you NOVL for the arc!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becca Mee

    4.5 stars rounded up to 5 It Ends in Fire was just an awesome read. There's no other way to describe it. Alka Chelrazi goes undercover to the elite Wizarding school, Blackwater Academy with a singular mission: infiltration, win the great game, and then burn it to the ground in revenge for the deaths of her family. Alka must draw upon all the magic and cunning she has just to survive this cut-throat world filled with unpredictable magic, ambitious students who will stop at nothing to maintain thei 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 It Ends in Fire was just an awesome read. There's no other way to describe it. Alka Chelrazi goes undercover to the elite Wizarding school, Blackwater Academy with a singular mission: infiltration, win the great game, and then burn it to the ground in revenge for the deaths of her family. Alka must draw upon all the magic and cunning she has just to survive this cut-throat world filled with unpredictable magic, ambitious students who will stop at nothing to maintain their social status, bloody duels and elegant galas. Alka must go up against the oppressive elites of her society, but survival at this wizarding school may just cost her everything, including those she cares for most. I had a lot of fun cheering Alka on as she goes on her quest of rebellion and vengeance. The social inequities of the world of the Republic were infuriating and seeing Alka fight for what was right and kicking butt and taking names was thrilling. You can't help but root for her and her little band of misfits as they take on the power players of their school and society. Alka's righteous fury is a driving force behind this action-filled plot. I really liked the world of Blackwater and the dark academia feel of this book. Shvarts does a great job with pacing and spinning twists on the reader that they do not see coming. At least I didn't. I was thoroughly hooked on this book from beginning to end with its brutal stakes, wonderful characters and interesting magic system. It Ends In Fire is a heart-pounding roller coaster of a book, a wizarding school for modern readers filled with intrigue, danger and romance, one where one girl takes on a system and turns it upside down.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    I saw someone else refer to this book with the description "...If Harry Potter were a girl and wanted to burn Hogwart's down...." I chuckled when I read it because, in my opinion, it was pretty spot on. For me, that's a good thing. It Ends in Fire follows the main character, Alka Chelrazi as she infiltrates Blackwater Academy. It's an invitation-only school for wizards. Alka intends to work her way into the school and destroy it from within. She blames wizards for the death of her parents and sev I saw someone else refer to this book with the description "...If Harry Potter were a girl and wanted to burn Hogwart's down...." I chuckled when I read it because, in my opinion, it was pretty spot on. For me, that's a good thing. It Ends in Fire follows the main character, Alka Chelrazi as she infiltrates Blackwater Academy. It's an invitation-only school for wizards. Alka intends to work her way into the school and destroy it from within. She blames wizards for the death of her parents and several others that she loves. She is part of a group of resistance fighters and the only thing she has left is her thirst for vengeance. Of course, along the way, she becomes attached to some of the other young wizards and realizes that they aren't all heartless killers. Still, she proceeds with her plan, albeit with some modifications here and there. But when it comes time to "burn it all down," will she still want to? This was a wonderful fantasy novel with a solid storyline. The author also gives us well thought out characters. Some that the readers will love and others that you are most certainly meant to hate. There are also a few nice little twists to keep readers on their toes. It was definitely the right time for me to read this book. I needed a nice fantasy escape and It Ends in Fire provided just that. Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC. I voluntarily chose to review it and the opinions contained within are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    vikki ❤️

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Absolutely fantastic. The books has a lot of negative feedback on here, but I suspect that’s a combination of slut shaming and homophobia. It was horrible to read the reviews on here. The book would easily be ten stars for me. I typically don’t read wlw fantasy fiction. It’s very difficult for me to find books that don’t understate wlw love. I loved this book, and the intensity and steam was perfect. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 million stars. Full review is now posted to my book blog and it would mean the worl Absolutely fantastic. The books has a lot of negative feedback on here, but I suspect that’s a combination of slut shaming and homophobia. It was horrible to read the reviews on here. The book would easily be ten stars for me. I typically don’t read wlw fantasy fiction. It’s very difficult for me to find books that don’t understate wlw love. I loved this book, and the intensity and steam was perfect. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 million stars. Full review is now posted to my book blog and it would mean the world to me if you looked at it and maybe showed some love ❤️😌 http://astudyinbooks.com/2021/09/17/a... 😏❤️

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    okay why is the main character's name Alka like Alka-Seltzer This book is a bad combination of Harry Potter, the trials from School for Good and Evil, Hunger Games/ governments that separate people into classes. It's not horrible, a lot of it is boring and/or doesn't make sense Why did the headmaster dude kill her parents??? I don't think we ever get a definitive answer. It's set up to be a big grand reveal but there isn't really anything. I like that the main character ends up in a sapphic relati okay why is the main character's name Alka like Alka-Seltzer This book is a bad combination of Harry Potter, the trials from School for Good and Evil, Hunger Games/ governments that separate people into classes. It's not horrible, a lot of it is boring and/or doesn't make sense Why did the headmaster dude kill her parents??? I don't think we ever get a definitive answer. It's set up to be a big grand reveal but there isn't really anything. I like that the main character ends up in a sapphic relationship but it happens way too fast. Alka will kill people and have no remorse for it at all, like the minute they die they leave her mind. She kills Marius's best friend and doesn't think anything of it and is completely devastated when he goes and kills her best friend like girl how do you think he feels???? All the characters were so one-dimensional It makes me so mad how unprepared Alka was for going to Blackwater, she keeps asking questions about all the standard things everybody already knows about cause she was raised by a rebel group. Like girl, if you're infiltrating the most prestigious academy you should probably know everything about how it works so YOU CAN BLEND IN bc that's what you need to do. She mentions that she'd been training/preparing for the past 3 years to go to Blackwater, girl what the fuck were you doing for those 3 years cause you were completely unprepared. Alka's running around Blackwater like Jack when he gets to Christmas town, "what's this? what's this?" SHUT UP you are supposed to be an undercover spy. ALSO if you are a rebel group plotting to overthrow the government you need to have people on the inside, which seems like a very simple concept but Whispers, the leader of the rebels and owner of the stupidest name ever is like "we don't work with wizards they'll betray us any chance they get". but when Alka gets to Blackwater, she's surprised that other people don't like the government and would like things to be changed even though they're wizards. How fucking stupid is this rebel group???? All it took was Alka talking to this dude to find out other people don't like the government, its not that fucking hard. Jesus christ BE SMARTER Don't even get me started on how perfect Alka was with all the games and how she was able to outsmart them all even though SHE DIDNT DO ANY WORK it was all Mariana

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bianca Visagie

    Read my full CAWPILE book review here! I have to say I'm a little disappointed in this book. It was on my most anticipated book list but it didn't live up to my expectations. It Ends in Fire makes use of a lot of telling and not a lot of showing. The flashbacks really annoyed me and they completely broke the pacing. I didn't connect to any of the characters and there just wasn't enough substance to this one. I will say that I adored the magic system. It is really inventive and creative. If anyth Read my full CAWPILE book review here! I have to say I'm a little disappointed in this book. It was on my most anticipated book list but it didn't live up to my expectations. It Ends in Fire makes use of a lot of telling and not a lot of showing. The flashbacks really annoyed me and they completely broke the pacing. I didn't connect to any of the characters and there just wasn't enough substance to this one. I will say that I adored the magic system. It is really inventive and creative. If anything, read this book for the magic system. I got a review copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    micolreads

    3,5 ✨ I liked this book, even though it was too short and fast. I loved Alka, her strength and her need of revenge, she was probably the only character I really appreciated. The world building is amazing and the plot, even being common, was perfect. My problem remains the length and the way the author developed some things!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christina Clouse

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This review will contain spoilers. This book is a pretty mediocre YA magical school and revenge fantasy. It really read like a Harry Potter fanfiction crossed with the first book in Sara Maas’ Throne of Glass Series or maybe a bit more like Kiera Cass’ The Selection. The heroine‘s motivations and actions were all over the place, which really made me dislike her character. This is one of those books where the heroine makes really dumb decisions because of her inability to control her emotions despi This review will contain spoilers. This book is a pretty mediocre YA magical school and revenge fantasy. It really read like a Harry Potter fanfiction crossed with the first book in Sara Maas’ Throne of Glass Series or maybe a bit more like Kiera Cass’ The Selection. The heroine‘s motivations and actions were all over the place, which really made me dislike her character. This is one of those books where the heroine makes really dumb decisions because of her inability to control her emotions despite having been touted as having excellent control, etc. It makes sense in a book like Cora Carmack’s Roar - it does not make sense in this book. The specific example that made me just absolutely throw my hands up was when instead of playing the political game and “bending the knee” as would be appropriate for a well-trained spy, She decided to go full Arya and break character to get revenge. The smart thing to do given her mission was to have ingratiated herself and become a sycophant so that she could infiltrate even higher levels of wizard society. But she didn’t because of her female emotions or whatever. The author justified it a bit more later by putting in a few things about her impatient nature, etc. but...Yuck. There were a lot of beats that were really clearly lifted from Harry Potter. And while I don’t mind fanfic homage, I think in this case it was actually detrimental to the story that was trying to be told. There was a lot crammed into this book and I really hope it doesn’t get a sequel because there wasn’t much left at the end. I liked that it was Hogwarts with drinking and sex and murder. So if that seems like a fun time for you go for it. Also props for the open sexuality stuff. That was great. Honestly I really wish that Tallyn had been the main character. This book really needed a better editor. There is in fact a chapter where one of the main character’s school house is just completely wrong for the whole chapter and then it goes back to it after that like the error hadn’t been in there. I hope the author gets another chance to write but just not this character story. There’s a lot of potential here but I don’t think I would ever read this again.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    This book had a lot of promise for me, but there were elements of the book that didn't hold up well. Throughout the book it flips to now and then and for some reason, this didn't help my reading process with the book, and I didn't care for that style. Plus, the writing seemed to be more choppy with it. I thought I would really like Alka, but she was hard for me to connect to throughout the story. Sometimes, I felt for her and other times it was baffling the decisions she was making. The story wa This book had a lot of promise for me, but there were elements of the book that didn't hold up well. Throughout the book it flips to now and then and for some reason, this didn't help my reading process with the book, and I didn't care for that style. Plus, the writing seemed to be more choppy with it. I thought I would really like Alka, but she was hard for me to connect to throughout the story. Sometimes, I felt for her and other times it was baffling the decisions she was making. The story was trying to be something similar to Harry Potter with a twist of other stories here and there, the problem is that when there's such a resemblance to an incredible story, it makes you think of the other story and compare. Tried not to compare to other books, but it didn't hold up well for me. Overall, it was a book with beautiful cover art but only an ok story attached, just not for me. Thanks to NetGalley & Edelweiss for the ARC!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Yep need this

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    File under: This really needed to be two books instead of one. So many good ideas left skeletal or glossed over.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    IT ENDS IN FIRE is an engaging YA fantasy with magic, politics, and rebellion. Alka lives in the Marovian Republic, a place ruled by Wizards, where Humbles, or those without magic, live in eternal servitude at the whims of the Wizards in power. For harming a Wizard, even if by accident, they could be sentenced to death. Ever since Alka's parents were killed by a wizard when she was 7, she has been working with the Humble rebellion to find ways to destroy the current system. Their careful planning IT ENDS IN FIRE is an engaging YA fantasy with magic, politics, and rebellion. Alka lives in the Marovian Republic, a place ruled by Wizards, where Humbles, or those without magic, live in eternal servitude at the whims of the Wizards in power. For harming a Wizard, even if by accident, they could be sentenced to death. Ever since Alka's parents were killed by a wizard when she was 7, she has been working with the Humble rebellion to find ways to destroy the current system. Their careful planning has led to Alka killing and replacing a young woman traveling to the most elite Wizard boarding school, Blackwater Academy, where only some will survive and go on to rule the Republic. As a plant, she is sent to sow chaos and destroy as many Wizards as she can. Once on the island, she begins to see the other side of society, how the Wizards life and their infighting, as well as the way they treat the Humbles around them, born into a servitude they will never escape. At the school, Alka begins to form her own plans for how she will take down the society that oppresses so many and killed her parents. If anyone stands in her way, Alka is prepared to destroy them. What I loved: The world-building here was really fascinating, and I particularly loved this Wizard school (it rivals the other famous wizard school with the pageantry, designs, and classes). The school has a competition between the Orders or groupings of students that soon takes over the plot, and it is through these dangerous games that we see the cracks in the Wizard society. The politics were interesting within the Republic, as well as in the neighboring kingdom, whose prince is attending the school. Magic is not a born quality, but one that is given by the governments. This privilege and control of power is a central theme in the book. Other themes around this power, control, and the use of magic were interesting. Magic has many rules here in terms of how it can be crafted and what it can be used for. The user must create a specific rune (and correctly) to use magic, and it is not whimsical. It boils down to training and knowledge that make a great wizard, something which can also be controlled by governments and those with power. I found the dual timelines to be really intriguing, showing the reader her past and the things that led up to the present. We meet her sister and learn more about the rebellion through these peeks into her history. Alka has been treated as a tool in many ways, and during this time away, she also begins to develop into her own person, making this in some ways, a coming-of-age story. This ends up being a pretty dark read. Alka has been trained as a soldier in many ways, and her mindset is to allow no lives to stand in the way of her goals. As such, her connections to others are somewhat tenuous, and there are some really difficult scenes. It does also make other characters feel more distant, and we do not get to know them as well as I would like, but this made sense with who Alka was. She is driven by a need for revenge and destruction. What left me wanting more: A major theme is around Humbles and the way they are treated by the Wizards. Alka is seen as "different" because of her raising and as part of the Humbles rebellion. However, there is only one Humble servant (if you can call them servants) that she bothers to defend or even ask the name of. She is not so different from the others after all. She sees the suffering, but she does not directly connect or try to help (I suppose her mission would ultimately help). As a small point, the romances did not entirely speak to me, perhaps because they did not speak so much to Alka. She is busy hiding herself and unable to fully connect. Once she does connect more, I felt that I needed more on the page of the build-up to fully buy in. Final verdict: Overall, IT ENDS IN FIRE was an intriguing YA fantasy read that will appeal to wizarding fans. Recommend for fans of CRAVE, BEYOND THE RUBY VEIL, and VAMPIRE ACADEMY. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Rating: 4.8/5.0 WOAH. To be honest, this book is probably more of a 4-star instead of a 5-star, but I highly enjoyed it and though there were a few things I wasn't sure about, I'm still adding that extra star. Back to the WOAH. Like a cross of Harry Potter meeting Throne of Glass (and other things, I think, but these were the main ones), It Ends in Fire presents the story of a girl whose parents are dead, was killed in front of her, she is magic, and is infiltrating a school of other Wizards to g Rating: 4.8/5.0 WOAH. To be honest, this book is probably more of a 4-star instead of a 5-star, but I highly enjoyed it and though there were a few things I wasn't sure about, I'm still adding that extra star. Back to the WOAH. Like a cross of Harry Potter meeting Throne of Glass (and other things, I think, but these were the main ones), It Ends in Fire presents the story of a girl whose parents are dead, was killed in front of her, she is magic, and is infiltrating a school of other Wizards to get her revenge. I personally was a huge fan of the writing style. I liked that Alka went into Blackwater Academy almost completely blind - just like the readers were. It led to the author being able to "show" us the story and the history instead of Alka trying to "tell" us by mentally thinking up history and facts. I wish some things were explained a little more, like the Locis or the family Houses or how things lined up in the Senate because then things would have made just a little bit more sense. The plot was constantly in motion. It had lots of high stakes and kill-or-be-killed hunter/prey moments, and I was here for it. Alka does tend to forget herself more times than to be expected from someone trained to infiltrate this castle for most of her life, which gained a negative point from me. She has a few inconsistencies to her character - she feels remorse for some people but none for others, she likes this plan but rejects another though it's kind of the same, and she loses her cool more than she should. I understand her first slip-up in the dining hall the first night, but after that, I forget what the explanation was but she needed to chill out a few times. Looking back, some of the characters were a little flat. Alka clearly has her motivations and her goal, as well as room for growth, but there's not much change in most of the other characters other than to keep pushing Alka forwards. (view spoiler)[Some characters are even meant to die in order to add to her character. (hide spoiler)] The ending wrapped up a little too neatly and a little too sweetly for me. Halfway through, I was very concerned there was a sequel and kept checking to make sure I didn't have to place anything else on hold. Now, I would have gladly waited for another book - or, honestly, just read this one but with a bunch of extra pages - so the end has the same pacing and buildup as the rest. It went too quickly, like bing-bang-boom, friends good, love interest good, Alka gooood. And I wanted more. There are a lot of good books featuring a corrupt government with a rebel uprising, and I think It Ends in Fire was one of them. It also had a lot of lines that were good and gave me a thrill when I read them at the time. (view spoiler)[It was also a nice touch that the Headmaster wasn't cheating for Marius because he was related to him, but because Marius' father had lots of influence that the Headmaster needed. The dude wasn't even helping his niece cheat. I liked that. (hide spoiler)]

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pine Reads Review

    “When a game is rigged, there’s only one way to win… Break the game.” Blackwater Academy is the most exclusive school in the Republic. It’s the place where the ruling class of wizards learn their trade. Alka Chelrazi is a member of an underground rebel group that sent her on a mission to infiltrate the Blackwater Academy, gain the wizards’ trust, and burn their society to the ground. Once she arrives, Alka learns that status is everything, the students have agendas of their own, and she can no l “When a game is rigged, there’s only one way to win… Break the game.” Blackwater Academy is the most exclusive school in the Republic. It’s the place where the ruling class of wizards learn their trade. Alka Chelrazi is a member of an underground rebel group that sent her on a mission to infiltrate the Blackwater Academy, gain the wizards’ trust, and burn their society to the ground. Once she arrives, Alka learns that status is everything, the students have agendas of their own, and she can no longer ignore her past. Though Alka attempts to use her rebel training to complete her goals, she discovers she can’t complete her mission alone. Self-sufficient Alka will have to let down her walls and make allies in order to start her rebellion. Even with a beautifully written story and wonderfully complex main character, I found this book extremely disappointing. Andrew Shvarts’ unique voice was the best part of the novel. His style is both articulate and conversational, and I felt like I could hear Alka’s voice as I read. Alka’s character is funny, sharp, and feisty, and despite my issues with the story, I kept reading to discover more of her personal journey and development. Though she begins as a loner, she learns how to be vulnerable and trust those around her. My main issue with this book was the plot. I was shocked with how similar it was to J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The setting was a wizarding school housed in a castle, the students were sorted into houses based on personality, and the main character competes in a competition that is eerily similar to the Triwizard Tournament. I found this extremely distracting because as I read, I was counting the similarities to other YA books. Because of Shvarts’ wonderful writing skills and courageous main character, I was sad to find that the story was subpar and unoriginal. Content Warning: Fire, character death, violence, sex, assault, and emotional abuse Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @pinereadsreview and check out our website at www.pinereadsreview.com for reviews, author interviews, blogs, podcast episodes, and more!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Megan (inkand.imagination)

    What an amazing read! 𝑰𝒕 𝑬𝒏𝒅𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝑭𝒊𝒓𝒆 is the perfect read for fans of magical school settings, competitions, and badass heroines with a dark side. I loved all of the characters, the vibrant magic system, and the plot twists. The romance in this book was really well done as well! I loved how it blended with the plot and didn’t take center stage, but was still a driving force for Alka’s decisions and many of the plot twists as well. The one aspect that kept this from being a 5⭐️ read for me was th What an amazing read! 𝑰𝒕 𝑬𝒏𝒅𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝑭𝒊𝒓𝒆 is the perfect read for fans of magical school settings, competitions, and badass heroines with a dark side. I loved all of the characters, the vibrant magic system, and the plot twists. The romance in this book was really well done as well! I loved how it blended with the plot and didn’t take center stage, but was still a driving force for Alka’s decisions and many of the plot twists as well. The one aspect that kept this from being a 5⭐️ read for me was the constant flashback chapters. They took me a while to get used to, but by the time the book was over I found myself enjoying them a bit more. All in all, I loved this book. It’s beautifully written and easy to read, and all of the characters will compel you to keep reading. Alka is an amazing main character, and the side characters are all incredibly well developed too. The villains are character’s you’ll come to hate, and they get what they deserve in the end - which was so satisfying! I hope there’s a second book coming because I would love to read more about the characters and the world!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tarra Lyn | TLCBookNook

    This was a wonderful fantasy book. It has a solid storyline and well thought out characters that you grow to love and some you are certainly meant to hate. I loved how the author mixed some past (then) and present (now) chapters and how the past helped our main character understand what was happening in the present. The brewing rebellion and the plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat. I absolutely loved the magic system and the possibilties it had, I just wish that it was explained a bit bet This was a wonderful fantasy book. It has a solid storyline and well thought out characters that you grow to love and some you are certainly meant to hate. I loved how the author mixed some past (then) and present (now) chapters and how the past helped our main character understand what was happening in the present. The brewing rebellion and the plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat. I absolutely loved the magic system and the possibilties it had, I just wish that it was explained a bit better, or that there was a glossary of the different "spells", instead of just reading a description of how they were done. Overall, I had a fantastic time reading it. It was definitely hard to put down. I loved the darkness, gritty, revenge-filled, magic of this story. Sad that it's a standalone though, cause I feel like there could be more to the story from the ending.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    * Thank you to the publisher for an advanced finished copy in exchange for an honest review * ACTUAL: 4.25 stars I really liked the concept of this diverse fantasy novel. The present - past chapters mix kept readers engaged, along with the brewing rebellion that could cripple the Wizard society. The second half really hooked me, and the challenges and dangers that the MC faced I enjoyed reading about too.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Camille Silva

    I have started this book about 4 times and I just cannot get into it. I have spent close to 5 hours reading it and I am only 130 pages in. Even after jumping ahead the book does not interest me. The premise sounded interesting and the cover drew me in but the writing was just not doing it for me. It feels very dull and the narrator is boring. There was nothing to draw me in or connect ms to the main character. I would say this was a decent idea poorly executed.

  21. 4 out of 5

    S Tondra

    It Ends In Fire is a story about Alka a teenage girl who goes undercover at an elite school of Wizards to bring the corrupt system down. Alkas path of vengeance starts at the age of 7 when she looses her parents to a group of Wizards and is taken in by a band of rebels. Once at the school she finds that life is not black and white and her mission is harder than she thought. I enjoyed the magic and world building but I just couldn't connect with the story. It definitely hits on all the lets try a It Ends In Fire is a story about Alka a teenage girl who goes undercover at an elite school of Wizards to bring the corrupt system down. Alkas path of vengeance starts at the age of 7 when she looses her parents to a group of Wizards and is taken in by a band of rebels. Once at the school she finds that life is not black and white and her mission is harder than she thought. I enjoyed the magic and world building but I just couldn't connect with the story. It definitely hits on all the lets try and cram as much diversity as possible into a book with a bi MC, a non binary character, and multicultural characters. I did enjoy the dual POV's from past(then) Alka to present (now) Alka as it brought more authenticity to who Alka is and how it formed her into what she is during the story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    4 1/2 stars RTC for blog tour. Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for my review copy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sena

    4/5 stars. a lot of plot holes and unanswered questions, plotline was predictable, romance bordered on being insta-love... but somehow hooked me nonetheless and i couldn't put it down. i guess i'm a sucker for angry heroines who just want to see the world burn for the sake of the girls they love. 4/5 stars. a lot of plot holes and unanswered questions, plotline was predictable, romance bordered on being insta-love... but somehow hooked me nonetheless and i couldn't put it down. i guess i'm a sucker for angry heroines who just want to see the world burn for the sake of the girls they love.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)

    Not gonna lie, this draws a whole giant bucket of parallels with Harry Potter if you shoved the entire series into an almost 400 page novel but make it queer and burn the world down in the process.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Parker Myer

    This is one of my favorite reads of the year, and let me just say the end has an extreme twist. With not just plot but with romance.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bee

    I'm not sure what to rate this book. There were parts that I liked, like the premise, but other parts that I didn't connect to at all, like the main character and the writing. Overall, give it a try if the premise intrigues you, which is basically Harry Potter if he was a girl and wanted to burn Hogwarts down. I'm not sure what to rate this book. There were parts that I liked, like the premise, but other parts that I didn't connect to at all, like the main character and the writing. Overall, give it a try if the premise intrigues you, which is basically Harry Potter if he was a girl and wanted to burn Hogwarts down.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Clarissa

    2.5-3 I wish I could have liked this more but I struggled pretty much through the first half, and some of the second half. But of course there were some aspects I still liked which was the only reason I still finished it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ryan DiPillo

    This book had me at the pitch DEFINITELY PREORDERING!!!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Abi

    You only had to tell me there was a magic school, but then you tell me murder and I'm definitely reading it You only had to tell me there was a magic school, but then you tell me murder and I'm definitely reading it

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Ryan

    SPOILER HEAVY This book definitely wasn’t what I expected because apart from Alka’s flashbacks It was actually a lot like a high stakes sports book with magic and murder thrown in. Which was awesome in every way. With an awesome protagonist, tension on every page and a love story for the ages. Alka’s story was engaging from past to present and start to finish. Since her life as a member of the Revenant resistance (despite the fact that her and her sister were only preteen children) taught her th SPOILER HEAVY This book definitely wasn’t what I expected because apart from Alka’s flashbacks It was actually a lot like a high stakes sports book with magic and murder thrown in. Which was awesome in every way. With an awesome protagonist, tension on every page and a love story for the ages. Alka’s story was engaging from past to present and start to finish. Since her life as a member of the Revenant resistance (despite the fact that her and her sister were only preteen children) taught her that all upper class wizards are all cruel oppressors and humbles had to kill them or die. Though she later realised things weren’t that black and white and she had more to live for than revenge, there were plenty of good wizards and she could get a better life for herself if she fought for it. Which Blackwater taught her better than any of the lessons she had there. Because she grew to care about her fellow wizards and her new life in the order of Nethro a lot more than she thought she would. So It was weird how disappointed Alka’s friends were to be in the order of Nethro the black kraken. Because seriously what part of that doesn’t sound awesome. That and I’m pretty sure it’s the order I would’ve got because I don’t blend in either. So I loved how Calfex pointed out to them it was actually something to feel proud of because she was a great motivational speaker. That and they should consider themselves lucky they didn’t get into the order of Vanguard because calling them bad losers was an understatement. I mean I’m a pretty competitive person myself and I think we can all agree that losing sucks and can be very upsetting and embarrassing. Though it’s not the end of the world Marius thinks it is and I think throwing tantrums about it is more embarrassing. Since Marius was like a spoilt child that never grew up because he was so used to getting whatever he wanted that if just one thing didn’t go his way it meant war. I understood why he hated Alka because she technically killed his friend. Though when he killed poor Pyl just to spite her I’m surprised Alka could keep herself from killing him for as long as she did. Because I was losing patience for her to give him and the headmaster the brutal deaths they both deserved. Because I liked that what made them both so dangerous wasn’t the magic they could do but how petty they were. Though luckily she did and it was glorious. But overall my favourite part was the romance. Because usually I try to avoid love triangles as much as I can but the love triangle in this while a little unnecessary wasn’t really that annoying. I’ll admit I was on team Talyn at first because I had no problem with Marlena whatsoever but I liked that he was the only high society wizard that saw the humbles as equals, always spoke his mind, was good for a laugh and always stood up to bullies and him and Alka had loads of chemistry. Though when they actually did get together it felt more like a fling than anything else. So I switched to team Marlena and her and Alka were so beautiful together that I don’t know why I ever thought Talyn had a chance with Alka. Since usually when authors describe their characters backstory I always expect them to be foreshadowing a hidden villain or a tragic twist. So it was a beautiful surprise that it was actually foreshadowing Alka and Marlena’s love for each other instead. Since the reveal that Marlena was the girl Sera died to save meant that no matter how many different directions both their lives took the two lost girls found each other anyway. And Alka finally found somebody to live for. Hell I’m getting emotional just writing this part because their relationship was the 2nd best book romance I’ve seen after Clara and Sang in the nature of witches. It was a very well written slow burn not because they couldn’t stand each other but because Alka was ashamed of lying to her about her true identity and thought that if she went down Marlena would go down with her. So I loved that Marlena pointed out she was fighting for both Alka and herself because she was tired of waiting for a hero after her poor mother lived and died a slave. So I’m glad she got the freedom she fought for. I’m glad they all did because I love a happy ending. So well done Andrew Shvarts

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