The Convoluted Key (Draconian Rules Book 1)

Debbie Torken and her brother Danny have heard rumours of the world where Magicians dwell. But when Danny is accidentally handed a Key that unlocks the realm of Magicas they are pitched into an adventure they never could have expected.

Tween witch Pippa Dracona prefers mathematics to magic, so the chance to attend a school in Physicas, the realm of science, was supposed to be a dream come true. But the Dame Ivy Newton School for Gifted and Unusual Students has too many archaic and nonsensical rules. Pippa is about to fail her favourite subject and lose her place in the course. When she makes a spur-of-the-moment decision to let the Torken children into the realm of magic, she might have made her worst choice yet … or, perhaps, her best.

If Pippa is to keep an important promise, she must find a way to get the Torkens home before the next witching hour begins. It’s time to enlist the help of some eccentric friends, solve a bizarre mystery involving unicorns and missing belongings, and gain some much-needed perspective. After all, there are two sides to every equation.

Weaving through The Convoluted Key are a number of feminist-friendly themes, such as a wide variety of female characters with different personalities and motivations, supportive female friendship, and thoughtful male characters who are respectful towards female characters.

The Convoluted Key is the first book in the Draconian Rules series by Elle Carter Neal
ISBN: 9780992443863

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Praise for The Convoluted Key

“Skillful storytelling and world building. Sweet and funny.”

“I LOVE the humor here and the voice–it reminds me of Rowling in the best way.”