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The Academy: Making of a Ruler (Book 1) – C C Mono

“If you love your thrillers with a smidgen of politics, lots of high tech gadgets, espionage, the obligatory bad guys and a hero with a conscience, you will LOVE this book.  READ IT NEXT”

“I want you to remember something, Mr Hallman,” she whispered. “At the Academy you’re always evaluated. Even when you least expect it.”

Very little is known about the Eagle King’s Academy, but when 22 year-old Axel is admitted, he’s catapulted into a world filled with luxury, gruelling trainings, and dark secrets. In this world built on lies, ambition and pride, he’s primed to become one of the most influential and powerful leaders of his time. The only problem is – Axel never wanted to become a ruler.

Nine years earlier, Sarah Wangai entered the prestigious academy with hopes of changing the world for the better. No one has heard of her since, but her story is eerily similar to Axel’s.

The road to leadership is dirty and treacherous. To graduate, students must be willing to sacrifice everything they hold dear. But Axel isn’t the only one at odds with the Academy. An enemy lurks in the shadows, and soon Axel finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a very sinister game of power.

Get tangled up in this fast-paced, suspenseful and intricate debut novel by C.C. Monö. The Academy: Making of a Ruler is the first book in the Eagle King’s Academy Series.

My Review:  “A brilliant start to what should be the next “BIG THING” – think Harry Potter for grown-ups without the magic but lots of gadgets!” 

This book was brought to my attention by some readers on THE Book Club who all gave it a glowing review and said I needed to read it. However with a TBR pile currently at 501 books, I still agreed and popped it straight to the top, because if the members of TBC said it was great that’s all the encouragement I needed.

The reviews have compared it to a grown-up Harry Potter without the magic and I totally agree.  Axel Hallman, a 22 year old Swedish man has been accepted as one of the 12 elite chosen to study at the infamous Eagle King’s Academy, selected from over 240,000 applicants and destined to become a world leader, however he doesn’t actually want to be a leader.

The story alternates between Axel and Sarah, a student of The Academy 9 years previously and their fears, beliefs and concerns about leadership and power and changing the world.   With a great cast of characters including the other 11 students, the professors and watchers, I was transported to the top secret Academy in Brussels and amazed by the technology and intense training situations the students had to endure.

If you love your thrillers with a smidgen of politics, lots of high tech gadgets, espionage, the obligatory bad guys and a hero with a conscience, you will LOVE this book.  READ IT NEXT.

This is Book 1 in the series and already I can’t wait for the author to write Book 2.

About the Author: C.C. Monö (Carl Christian Monö) was born in June 1977 in Stockholm, Sweden. 3 months later, his adventurous parents dragged their new-born child to Tanzania for two years. Chris would eventually spend nearly ten years in Africa between 1977 and 1994.  

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