The Academy

 There's no such thing as ghosts...

There's no such thing as ghosts...

Characters – humans – are less than toys. Children love their toys, and we don’t love you.
— Melly, The Academy

It should have been a Dream Come True - instead, everything was turning into a nightmare.

Bea is the talk of the town – she is the first fairy to ever be accepted to train at the prestigious Academy. Not only that, but thanks to her, the Mirrors are working again and the fae city of Ænathlin is enjoying a rare moment of prosperity.

So when Bea arrives at the Academy she is determined to keep quiet, behave herself and not, absolutely not, get into any more trouble.

But when things start going bump in the night, Bea just can’t help investigating…


This book is every bit as good as it’s predecessor. It remains funny, in fact the humour is reminiscent of Terry Pratchett. In fact, like Pratchett, this book encapsulates all I love about Fantasy Fiction: It tackles difficult themes in a way that contemporary fiction isn’t always able to do.

Bea remains a strong character and is driven by a need to do what’s right, although she has an element of vulnerability in this book. We also get to find out more about the background of other characters such as Mistasinon and Melly.
— Kelly, The Bookeaters
It’s not always easy to find a sequel that lives up to the promise of a good first book, but with The Academy, F.D. Lee has surpassed herself. Reuniting the reader with some of the brilliant characters from The Fairy’s Tale, whilst introducing some wonderful new ones (shout out to Hemmings!), this sequel is beautifully written, witty, dark, funny and remarkably complex - part fantasy, part mystery, part psychological thriller, part black comedy and part an intelligent study of trauma and mental illness. If you’re thinking that sounds like a lot to fit into one book, you’d be right, but Lee not only makes it work, she pulls it off spectacularly. Just read it - you won’t be disappointed.
— Reader review, Amazon
Book two, following on from The Fairy’s Tale - which I also really enjoyed. As with the previous novel, the author takes stock fairy tale characters and pulls them out of their element into what is best described as a kind of darkly comedic psychological thriller set in a fantasy landscape. Honestly, I think anyone who enjoys any of those genres would get a kick out of this book - and although it helps to have read the first one, you don’t need to have done so to enjoy this story.
— Reader review, Amazon
Wow! what a follow up to ‘The Fairy’s Tale’ – The intricate storyline was captivating from start to finish. Very intriguing to see the development of the original characters and loved being introduced to new and fascinating characters. I literally couldn’t put it down, fantastic!
One of my favourite sentences – ‘Hidden behind the storm, the moon sat in a black sky, lonely in her singularity, surrounded by stars that could never understand her’ - pure genius! Thanks F.D.Lee and next one please!!!
— Reader Review, Amazon