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Publisher's Summary

You don’t choose the academy. The academy chooses you.

I had no idea how those words would change my life. Or how they’d changed my life already...until the day the most dangerous man I’ve ever met waltzed onto my farm and left us a death sentence. In an invitation. 

My younger brother has been chosen for the prestigious, secret magical school hidden within the folds of our mundane world. A place so dangerous, they don’t guarantee you’ll make it out alive. 

If he doesn't go, our entire family will be killed. It’s the same invitation my older brother received three years ago - the same place where he mysteriously died. 

The academy has already killed one sibling. I’ll be damned if they take another. I do the only thing an older sister can: chop off my hair, strap on two bras to flatten the girls, and take my brother’s place.

Magic and monsters are real. Assassins are coming for me, and the dead are prone to rise. What’s a girl faking it as a boy supposed to do? That’s right - beat the academy at its own game. Or die trying.

Praise for the book:

"This book is Harry Potter meets the Hunger Games in a bold twist on a classic magical young adult adventure." (Jaymin Eve, best-selling author of Supernatural Academy series)

©2019 K.F. Breene and Shannon Mayer (P)2019 K.F. Breene and Shannon Mayer

What listeners say about Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials: Book 1

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Good but...

This is not a book. It is a part of one and should not be so expensive to purchase. A decent book, in my opinion, is at least 10 hours long. I am an avid listener/reader and while I was intrigued 🤔 by the storyline it ended in the middle at what would still be in the rising action of a plot., no climax, no resolution. We have to purchase the remaing 2 short stories to get the actual book 👎. This was a ripoff for the buyer. Too bad I will never hear the end of the story. Also it has many dropped words from sentences and dialogue.

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Why isn’t this “series” bundled?

This “book” is good, but doesn’t really have the full length plot of a novel. At barely 5 hours long, it feels like this is one book split in 3rds instead of 3 different books. I don’t feel like I read a book, it feels like a short story. It was good, but not worth the credit

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Great beginning

Ah hell, another series I’m going to be addicted to! Another freaking awesome & wickedly addictive story by two of my favorite Indie authors! I love Wilde! She’s a strong willed and charismatic heroine who has some very impressive skills & her rag tag crew are quite interesting in their own right. This is a nice start to a new series but I’ll be honest, I wished it was longer and I could definitely do without the cliffhanger! The narrator did a fantastic job!

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Bad accent.

I’ve listened to other books in audible by this author but this is the first with this narrator reading. The fake southern accent just turned me off. If she had read the book in her normal speech I would have liked it better.

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Great beginning

Loving the characters already. Hopefully it won't be too "high-school like" with enemies and bickering

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I’m hooked...

K.F. Breene and Shannon Meyer have created a whole new world that is both original and addictive. By the time I was half way through this book/audiobook, I had to stop listening long enough to buy Books 2 and 3. Khristine Hyam’s performance not only brought it to life but makes you feel as though you are there actually watching it all unfold. I highly recommend this to science fiction and fantasy fans. Now excuse me, I have to start Book 2.

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Wow!

Absolutely fantastic book and love the narrator. Thank you so much for another great book.

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Magic is real

Wild already lost one brother and refuses to lose another when the same people come looking Billy. With a threat made to her family, Wild decides to take his place. Not only is magic real, but she discovers the trials to get accepted into Shadowspell Academy can kill you. With an unlikely group of new friends, Wild sets out to make it through the Culling trials, while trying to keep her secret and her family safe.

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Sleeper

This book is sooooooo boring. I think maybe if the narrator was switched to someone else, it would be a listener.

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Very good

A not so nice Harry Potter. The story ended way too soon. It should have been combined with the next book. The narration was very good.

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  • 06-11-20

The sounds is really bad,

Every other chapter is very low, hard to hear. Not very good quality. It makes it difficult to follow the story.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 03-18-20

Shadowspell Academy: The Culling Trials

This book holds load of tention, not to mention bravery and courage. Wild seems to beable to servive it all.

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  • 01-17-21

I love this book... Thanks K.F Breene & Shannon Mayer.

I absolutely love the heroine and her motley crew. The characters, the banter and adversity make this an enjoyable, fun, yet nail biting read.

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  • Imee_B
  • 03-20-20

***Culling***

This book reminds of the hunger games, it's a fast paced adventure that is full of thrills and danger. The plot is well written and character specially Wild (mc) is well flesh out. I've read this series but I want to get another prospective of the story from an Audio book point of view and I'm not disappointed it's totally awesome thanks to Khristine Hvam.

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  • Lisa
  • 02-14-20

Solid story, as advertised.

I liked this book a lot. I would have given it 5 stars, but it is a little short...