Only young criminals are allowed at the Underground Academy of Magic.
When Tristan Fairholm is invited to study at the Underground Academy, he thinks he’s being transferred to a more secure juvenile detention center.
He hadn’t meant to give his bully a concussion. He had never even fought back before. But this time, something strange happened—something he can’t explain. A strange power surged through him, and the next thing he knew, the kid was on the floor, bleeding from his nose.
If he rejects the offer to study at the Underground Academy, Tristan will remain in Juvie.
But something doesn’t seem quite right about this new academy.
For one, it’s hidden away in the northern Rocky Mountains, where no one can find it.
For another, there are no students except the fourteen recruited alongside Tristan.
Oh—and they’re studying magic.
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As he learns to extract and shape raw magic, Tristan finds unexpected friendship in his fellow students, from lovable Rusty Lennox to mysterious, fey Amber Ashton.
But the more he learns, the more the mysteries pile up.
Why are only criminals welcome at the Underground Academy?
Why are the students harvesting mountains of raw magic, if they rarely get a chance to use it?
And who is sabotaging their school?
Dive into a world of magic and mystery—scroll up and buy The Natural Order today.
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"It’s like characters from my favorite series had been gathered into a book.”
"This book gave so many Harry Potter feels."
"The Natural Order has a raw, suspenseful energy running through it from beginning to end."
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About the Author
R.J. Vickers is the bestselling author of the Natural Order YA fantasy series, the Forbidden Queen epic fantasy series, and several other standalone fantasy novels set in the world of the Kinship Thrones. Originally from Colorado, Vickers now lives in New Zealand with her husband, where she enjoys hiking to backcountry huts, writing at adorable cafes, crocheting blankets and amigurumi, and baking delicious treats. She is also an avid traveler, and spent most of 2019 exploring southern Africa and eastern Asia before continuing to Europe. She loves harvesting landscapes and cultural ephemera from around the globe to enrich her fantasy world--New Zealand, Finland, Alaska, Namibia, Hawaii, Ireland, and South Korea all make cameos in her imaginary lands. You can learn more about her writing and travels at www.rjvickers.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Natural Order, book one in R.J. Vicker's series The Underground Academy of Magic, grabbed me from the start and never let go! I thought this would just be another magic academy book, but I was definitely mistaken. Tristrin is a young teen that, when faced with a series of catastophic events, makes some choices that will alter his life forever. Stuck in juvie as a result of that fateful night, Tristan is given a choice-- serve out the remainder of his term, or attend a mysterious academy that only accepts juvenile criminals. Hating juvie, Tristin decides to take a chance. The Underground Academy of Magic not only opens him up to a world where magic is real, but also teachs him the true value of friendship. The storyline is fast-paced and unique, filled with magic, mayhem, danger and intrigue. The characters are vast, but well-developed and easy to follow. Book one was truly a pleasue to read. I can't wait to see what adventures book two will bring!
I stumbled across this book while searching for another. Started reading it and was hooked. Cant wait for the next installment!
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite Tristan and some other kids are taken to a magical school in The Natural Order by R.J. Vickers. The kids have one thing in common: they have been in juvenile prison and have no home to go back to (apart from one character who has no criminal history). The magical school is offering them a second chance, but the kids are not quite sure what their role is supposed to be in the beginning. Tristan and his new friends learn to extract and use the magic. Only a couple of them seem to have a natural talent for it though - and Tristan always manages to get into trouble. He and Amber, a magically talented, introverted girl, also receive special attention from the slightly creepy headmaster. What does he want from them? And why is there suddenly someone who tries to manipulate the school, trying to destroy it? And what is hidden in the tunnels under the school? When the teachers made their big reveal in The Natural Order by R.J. Vickers, I couldn't believe their real reasons for their secrecy. I loved it, and even thought that it would be amazing if people like that really existed and could solve some of the problems of the world. Other readers may not share my enthusiasm about this, but I found it really amazing! Of course, the main characters are less than enthused, which I guess is understandable, too, after all they are just kids who haven't seen much of the ways of the world yet. I assume that in future books they will learn a bit more about what truly is at stake and grow into their roles. At least I hope so! This is not the first book by R.J. Vickers I have read. I usually do not pay attention to the names of authors much. These days, many are just one hit wonders. They write one book, and then - poof - nothing. So when I saw this name, I found it vaguely familiar and realized I've read her before and that I loved her other book, too! This author seems to deliver consistent quality and that is great to see nowadays where there seem to be fewer proper writers. I hope she keeps on going because her books offer true value. The plot of this book draws you in, the characters are believable, and it is a truly enjoyable reading experience.