Imdalind Academy: Year One

Imdalind Academy: Year One

Running a revolution is easy when you have a little bit of illegal magic on your side. The only way you can receive magic is by running the masochistic Gauntlet that the royal family started seventy years ago as a way to control power. One bite from a Vily and you are filled with what many call ‘the power of the gods’ and sent to Imdalind Academy for training.No bite, no m...

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Title:Imdalind Academy: Year One
Author:Rebecca Ethington
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Imdalind Academy: Year One Reviews

  • Lillian

    When I first heard that Rebecca Ethington was continuing the Imdalind series, I freaked. Like I legit was incoherent, trying to tell my friends all about it. Imdalind is one of my all-time favorite series. I love Joclyn and Ryland and Ilyan and Wyn and Thom and all of them! The characters and their world feel so real to me, like when someone says they are just fictional I get a little stabby 😂 But I digress, you aren’t here for my fangirling, you are here to learn more about this incredible new

    When I first heard that Rebecca Ethington was continuing the Imdalind series, I freaked. Like I legit was incoherent, trying to tell my friends all about it. Imdalind is one of my all-time favorite series. I love Joclyn and Ryland and Ilyan and Wyn and Thom and all of them! The characters and their world feel so real to me, like when someone says they are just fictional I get a little stabby 😂 But I digress, you aren’t here for my fangirling, you are here to learn more about this incredible new book.

    by Rebecca Ethington is the first in a new spin-off series called Imdalind Academy which features Ilyan and Joclyn’s son Rowan. I’ll admit I was hesitant when I started reading, no matter how excited I was for it. Joclyn and Ilyan are my #relationshipgoals couple. How would they look as parents? Well, needless to say my hesitation was unwarranted. They are the same characters they were in Imdalind, just a little wiser 😉 No the surprise came in how much I love Rowan and Gemma. They are not at all what I expected, but exactly what this series needs. Set over 200 years after the events of the original series, it is interesting to see the aftermath and its far reaching effects on humanity.

    Rowan is the third son of Joclyn and Ilyan. At 19, he is starting Imdalind Academy much to his dismay. Imdalind Academy is his parents’ attempt to teach those with magic to use it properly and avoid bloodshed. Rowan reminds me a lot of Joclyn when her magic was beginning to awaken. He’s bitter and in denial, trying to hide his powers from his family and failing miserably. When a girl he keeps seeing in his visions shows up at the Gauntlet (more on that in a minute), he can’t hide anymore. Too many lives are at stake.

    Gemma is an undermortal with illegal magic on her side. What is an undermortal? It is humans who have gone underground in the aftermath of the war and magic being revealed. They live in old subway tunnels and sewers, scrounging for their food and just trying to survive day to day. Gemma however is a turning point for them. Bitten by an infected Vily that was missed during the cleanup after the war, she uses her magic to help her fellow undermortals. She’s a rebel at heart, but in truth she just wants everyone on an even playing field. I like Gemma, she’s spunky and fierce with a hint of danger thrown in. She doesn’t care who she has to hurt, so long as her people no longer have to live underground in fear for their lives. Her plans involve entering the Gauntlet only to get close to the Eternals and maybe take them down from the inside, but she underestimates the power the Eternals hold.

    The Gauntlet is a game initially designed by Ilyan and Joclyn to control who would get magic. It was a way for them to determine who was worthy and hopefully weed out those that would abuse their new powers. However those that are Chosen are now the bad guys. They are constantly looking for more power. Their children are called Goldens, as they are the ones that are most likely to make it through the Gauntlet. The Drains, a slur used for undermortals, are those that have never had power and are least likely to win….until this year. The 70th anniversary of the Gauntlet is being held and the Eternals have changed the rules. More people will be allowed to win and enter Imdalind Academy after receiving their magic. This is the start of a Civil War between the Drains and Chosen, and a rebellion is rising against the Eternals. Their hope: Rowan. But how does Gemma play into all this? That’s the million dollar question.

    Overall I loved

    ! I read it in almost one sitting (I had to go to sleep, my eyelids didn’t give me a choice). I can’t wait to learn more about the academy, Rowan and Gemma, and the sight that has Rowan running away from his magic. I enjoyed every word of this book! I loved seeing old characters come back and how they interacted with this new generation Ethington has created. I can’t wait for

    ! Thankfully it’s only a few weeks away from release. If you enjoy urban fantasy, dystopia, and romance (because I believe that is coming), I highly recommend you grab a copy. While it can be read as a standalone from the Imdalind series, I do think it would enhance your reading pleasure to read that series first 😉

  • Agata Jędrzejewska

    What can I say, I am afraid, mostly because knowing Rebecca Ethington we will go from one unpleasant surprise to another and nothing will go as we expect it to go, but also because this world is dangerous. Magic everywhere, attacks everywhere and no equality. All of this in post-apocalyptique creative world of Imdalind which I already grew to love. My heart is already beating for Rowan, seeing how he fight with himself, not willing to be what he is meant to and becoming a pawn in much bigger gam

    What can I say, I am afraid, mostly because knowing Rebecca Ethington we will go from one unpleasant surprise to another and nothing will go as we expect it to go, but also because this world is dangerous. Magic everywhere, attacks everywhere and no equality. All of this in post-apocalyptique creative world of Imdalind which I already grew to love. My heart is already beating for Rowan, seeing how he fight with himself, not willing to be what he is meant to and becoming a pawn in much bigger game. I’m already hooked.

  • Brittany Smith

    I fell in love with the Imdalind series originally, so when I heard that there was a “follow on” series I was thrilled!

    We are reunited with some of the original characters and enough time has gone past that they now have children and the times are anything but dull!

    This book is filled with fire and wit that is typical of Rebecca Ethington. Her characters have a real fire and spark that they stick with you for ages. The world building is to die for, the intricacies weave you into a magical world

    I fell in love with the Imdalind series originally, so when I heard that there was a “follow on” series I was thrilled!

    We are reunited with some of the original characters and enough time has gone past that they now have children and the times are anything but dull!

    This book is filled with fire and wit that is typical of Rebecca Ethington. Her characters have a real fire and spark that they stick with you for ages. The world building is to die for, the intricacies weave you into a magical world and keep you there till the end.

    I absolutely loved this book and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

  • Angel Leya

    The gauntlet has been the ticket to magic for years.

    Socialite Sia is sure she's golden. She's been training for the gauntlet, and she has her sights firmly set on an eternal--she's delayed running the gauntlet so she could attend the academy at the same time as him.

    Undermortal (or Drain) Gemma is out to destroy those who have oppressed her and her people for ages, literally keeping the "nonmagical" in the gutters. But she has something no one could expect. Magic. Illegal, uncentered magic. And s

    The gauntlet has been the ticket to magic for years.

    Socialite Sia is sure she's golden. She's been training for the gauntlet, and she has her sights firmly set on an eternal--she's delayed running the gauntlet so she could attend the academy at the same time as him.

    Undermortal (or Drain) Gemma is out to destroy those who have oppressed her and her people for ages, literally keeping the "nonmagical" in the gutters. But she has something no one could expect. Magic. Illegal, uncentered magic. And she's more than happy to use it to destroy that stupid gauntlet they just opened up to everyone.

    Eternal Rowan is fighting--fighting attending the school, fighting the magic burning inside, fighting his visions of a girl with pink hair. Too bad he keeps dreaming of her anyway, and too bad he doesn't see what's coming until it's too late.

    I first ran into this story in

    and found myself hopelessly intrigued. The wold is incredibly rich, and I couldn't help but wonder what new surprises the gauntlet held for Sia.

    The book was incredible, but I couldn't help but feeling that just as it was really getting good, it ended. Ahhhh! It took a few days to get over that.

    I also felt a bit out of the loop at times, as this is part of a well-established world. It's a new series, but it's a spin-off from the other Imdalind stories. Which is fine, but it took a while to figure out what the heck vily and skriteks and the sort were. Not hugely distracting, but it certainly left me with a few questions I may or may not have gone digging to answer. :)

    Still, fantastic characters, fantastic world, and a setup that promises things are only going to get better from here!

  • Debbie Eyre

    This is awesome! I absolutely love all the academy reads out there and this one is right up there with the awesome ones! Well written this is a fun and magical read featuring a kick ass heroine, a prince, soulmates and a revolution and with a description like that how could you not want to read this awesome urban fantasy and all I have to say to the author is where is book 2?.?

  • Candy Smith

    I loved being sucked back into the world of Imdalind with a fresh set of characters entwined with the ones I fell in love with in the Imdalind series! Now it's the kids' turn to keep the world at peace between the Eternals(those with magic bloodlines) and the Undermortals(those without magic bloodlines) and they are tasked with keeping their parents' wishes which may prove to be harder and more deadlier than they thought. Add in a rebel girl fighting to bring the truth

    I loved being sucked back into the world of Imdalind with a fresh set of characters entwined with the ones I fell in love with in the Imdalind series! Now it's the kids' turn to keep the world at peace between the Eternals(those with magic bloodlines) and the Undermortals(those without magic bloodlines) and they are tasked with keeping their parents' wishes which may prove to be harder and more deadlier than they thought. Add in a rebel girl fighting to bring the truth to life,a prince who just wants to be normal, a girl whose parents are fanatics and raised her to be power hunger then throw them all together in an Academy full of magic and you got yourself a real adventure!

  • Kara

    I think that is a great start for this academy series. This series is an extension from the other Imdalind books, which I have not read. I should have read them first but it doesn’t effect the reading for this book. I just feel like I’d know some of the eternals better if I had read the other Imdalind books first. With that said, I loved being able to read from three different characters point of views in this book. It gives you a chance to know the characters better. I’m really looking forward

    I think that is a great start for this academy series. This series is an extension from the other Imdalind books, which I have not read. I should have read them first but it doesn’t effect the reading for this book. I just feel like I’d know some of the eternals better if I had read the other Imdalind books first. With that said, I loved being able to read from three different characters point of views in this book. It gives you a chance to know the characters better. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series and seeing how things go once the academy actually starts. I’m hoping for a lot of drama and maybe a love triangle.

  • Andrea Cloyd

    I am loving this story so far. Different characters..... different problems..... but still the same world I fell in love with during the original Imdalind series. While this is obviously set in the future and the character POV are not the ones you are use to seeing you get to see old characters you learned to love and see how thier lives ended up as well as bringing new characters you will love (and hate).

    It's an interesting concept that Ilyan and Jos created with the gauntlet but as we quickly

    I am loving this story so far. Different characters..... different problems..... but still the same world I fell in love with during the original Imdalind series. While this is obviously set in the future and the character POV are not the ones you are use to seeing you get to see old characters you learned to love and see how thier lives ended up as well as bringing new characters you will love (and hate).

    It's an interesting concept that Ilyan and Jos created with the gauntlet but as we quickly learned it is flawed. I'm surprised they they havent heard of some of these problems and the Undermortals are living the way they are with no Eternals knowing about it at all. I feel like they would have been better about keeping up with their people.

    I am loving Gemma she is a nice little rebel spitfire. Rowan is refreshing and so much like reading about a fantastic mix of Ilyan and Jos.... he has the drak abilities but is diplomatic like his father. Sia and Adrian I'm not total fans of but wanna see how they will contribute to the story later on. I cant wait to see what happens next

  • Tanya Johnson

    Just like every other book by Rebecca, I was hooked! The Gauntlet brings us Rowan, the son of Ilyan and Joclyn (two people I have loved from the very beginning) who has a role to follow but doesn't want anything to do with it. we are introduced to the Imalind Academy, where those that make it through the Gauntlet will attend....the only difference this time around is Rowan is finally attending the academy himself. As this was great introduction to a new spinoff to an already awesome series, I lo

    Just like every other book by Rebecca, I was hooked! The Gauntlet brings us Rowan, the son of Ilyan and Joclyn (two people I have loved from the very beginning) who has a role to follow but doesn't want anything to do with it. we are introduced to the Imalind Academy, where those that make it through the Gauntlet will attend....the only difference this time around is Rowan is finally attending the academy himself. As this was great introduction to a new spinoff to an already awesome series, I look forward to seeing what happens next and where Rowan will take us!

    I highly recommend this book and if you haven't already checked out the Imalind series, you need to starting with "Kiss of Fire".

    I was given this ARC for my honest review.

  • Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon

    4 CRANKY STARS

    I really liked this book but am giving it 4 stars for two reasons. It is a stand-alone sequel to her previous series Imdalind Academy. This series takes place 200 years in the future. With all the referencing of events from the original series and the carry over of characters, some are Eternals, it would have been nice to read the other series first. I did see that series when I got this book from Amazon but didn’t realize it was so important. Secondly, the book is too short. It on

    4 CRANKY STARS

    I really liked this book but am giving it 4 stars for two reasons. It is a stand-alone sequel to her previous series Imdalind Academy. This series takes place 200 years in the future. With all the referencing of events from the original series and the carry over of characters, some are Eternals, it would have been nice to read the other series first. I did see that series when I got this book from Amazon but didn’t realize it was so important. Secondly, the book is too short. It only took me 3 hours to read it. Part of that was because the storyline was so interesting that I couldn’t put it down. I can’t put too much description into this review or it will spoil it for future readers.

    Gemma is an undermortal or as the Chosen prefer to call them, Drains. She was born and raised in the tunnels under the city. She has untrained magic and leads the Undermortals in rebellion. The locations are all in Europe, so they are old subways tunnels. Rowan is the son of the King and Queen. These are the Eternals. The Chosen Ones are the rich government rulers. They believe the undermortals are scum that should be done away with and Sia is one of their children. There are also Tarns and mortals.

    Every year, the Chosen Ones between the ages of 17 and 21 can run the Gauntlet for a place in the Imdalind Academy. If one of the chosen few, you will be bitten by a bat like monster to awaken your magic. The purpose of the academy is to train these new magicians. This year, the King has instituted new rules, all residents of age in the kingdom are eligible to try. He sends buses to the underground to bring Undermortals to the race grounds. Of course, Gemma jumps at the chance to run the Gauntlet. While everyone is competing for a chance at admission to the Academy, she is looking to destroy the King and his family. Chaos ensues at the race. But things don’t turn out the way Gemma was planning.

    This all sounds confusing, but it really isn’t once you figure out the characters. It was very entertaining but ended way too soon.

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