Gemma's life in India was far from perfect, but her mother had forbidden her from going to London, a land she viewed as a stylish, sophisticated paradise. Alone in a bazaar, Gemma was suddenly struck with a frightening vision of her mother's death, a vision that swiftly came true. She was sent to London, finding it to be utterly disappointing. At Spence Academy, she was trained to become as society demanded it, soullessly polite and painfully courteous, or so she thought. While settling in, she is threatened by a mysterious cloaked man who warns her to stop her visions before it is too late. But how can she stop something she can't control, and does she really want to abandon these enticing new powers?
From the very first page, A Great and Terrible Beauty held me thoroughly entranced throughout the entire novel with its story of intoxicating power and the consequences of abusing it. I have no doubts that this book will be one of the greatest classics of tomorrow. Tanya J.