The Gemma Doyle Trilogy

A Great and Terrible Beauty

It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?

Reviews

“A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy–jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel…an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.”

—Amazon.com

“An interesting combination of fantasy, light horror, and historical fiction, with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure…Recommend this to fantasy fans who also like Sherlock Holmes or Mary Russell.”

—School Library Journal 

“Gripping and suspenseful. Colourful…compelling.”  —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Exhilarating and thought-provoking.” —VOYA

“A Gothic novel touched by modern conceptions of adolescence, shivery with both passion and terror.” —Kirkus Reviews

“There’s no doubt the mystical elements, along with a touch of forbidden romance, will draw a large, enthusiastic audience, who will come away wanting more about stubborn, willful Gemma and the strange world whose doors she can open at will.” —Booklist

Awards

A New York Times Bestseller
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A Book Sense Bestseller
BBYA (ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults)
Iowa High School Book Award
Garden State Teen Book Award
Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award

Details

  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN 13: 978-0385732314
  • ISBN 10: 0385732317
  • Reader Level: Young Adult
  • Pages: 432

Rebel Angels

It’s the end of the year, and Gemma’s looking forward to living it up in London. Balls, fancy gowns and dancing with the handsome Simon Middleton beckon. Best of all, it’s time away from Spence Academy—and from the Realms.

But the lure of the enchanted world is strong, and the magic flows freely. Gemma’s visions intensify—visions of three girls dressed in white, suffering horror and menace. Clearly, all is not well in the Realms—or out of them.

Set against the backdrop of Victorian London, a place of shadows and light, in a time of strict morality and barely repressed sensuality, this compelling gothic sequel reveals that inside great beauty can lie a rebel angel…

Reviews

“This extraordinary novel moves along at breathtaking speed from beginning to end…astounding.” —VOYA, Perfect Ten Review
“Readers…will find the same rich social commentary, romance, and adventure, even more sumptuously created…compelling, well-paced…teens will long for another sequel.”

—Booklist 
“A remarkable fantasy steeped in Victorian sensibility…Gemma and her friends are pitch perfect as young women in a world poised for change, uncertain of their places…The writing never falters, and the revelations…only strengthen the characters. Clever foreshadowing abounds, and clues to the mystery…may have readers thinking they have figured everything out; they will still be surprised.”

—School Library Journal 
“Bray provides a satisfying ending, yet she implies a further struggle for power. Fans will want to stay tuned.” —Publishers Weekly
“Gemma’s shivery adventures, lacking easy answers, make for an exciting mystical quest.”—Kirkus Reviews

Awards

A New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A Book Sense Bestseller
A Book Sense Top Ten Selection
BBYA (ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults)
Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award
Iowa High School Book Award
Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award
Golden Spur Children’s Literature Book Award (TX)

Details

  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • ISBN 13: 9780385733410
  • ISBN 10: 0385730292
  • Reader Level: Young Adult
  • Pages: 592

The Sweet and Far Thing

It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father alaudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds.

The Order—the mysterious group her mother was once part of—is grappling for control of the realms, as is the Rakshana. Spence’s burned East Wing is being rebuilt, but why now? Gemma and her friends see Pippa, but she is not the same. And their friendship faces its gravest trial as Gemma must decide once and for all what role she is meant for.

Reviews

“This is a rare treat that offers a bit of everything–romance, magic, history, Gothic intrigue–and delivers on all of it in 819 beautifully crafted pages.”

—People Magazine
“…a huge work of massive ambition.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Awards

A 2008 Amazon Top 10 Customer Favorite—Teen Category

A New York Times Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

A Book Sense Bestseller

New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age

Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

CCBC Choice (Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Details

  • Publisher: Ember
  • ISBN 13: 978-0440237778
  • ISBN 10: 0440237777
  • Reader Level: Young Adult
  • Pages: 848