Shadow Grail #1: Legacies, by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill (Tor Teen, 2010)

After Spirit White’s family is killed in a car accident, she’s claimed as a legacy by the mysterious, yet prestigious Oakhurst Academy and taken away to her new home. There, she learns of her as-yet-unmanifested magical powers, and falls in with an eclectic group of fellow students. But when Spirit and her friends realize Oakhurst has a long history of disappearances, they conduct a dangerous investigation into the school’s secrets, which brings them into conflict with an ancient menace and a traitor among the faculty. While the set-up is solid and the plot fast-paced, there’s little to distinguish this from others in the Magic School sub-genre; hopefully, future entries in the series will improve on this initial impression.

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