A World Without Princes is the second book in The School For Good and Evil series. It was released in early 2013.
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As she is walking home in the rain, she begins to remember what happened when she and Agatha returned home. People praised them, asked for autographs and even built them statues. Agatha did interviews for the town scroll and always came to the autograph sessions, much to Sophie's surprise. However they became old news and even though Agatha was ok with this, Sophie refused to settle into normal life. Soon after Honora and Stefan reveal that they are getting married, much to Sophie's horror and anger.
Sophie arrives home to see Honora cooking dinner. She rushes outside to see her father putting a tent up with Honora's sons Jacob and Adam. Stefan reveals that the wedding is the next day, removing Sophie's plans of having the play earlier to talk her father out of the wedding, leaving Sophie even angrier than before.
Meanwhile Agatha begins to think about Tedros but is awakened by her mother. Callis begins to ask her about the School for Evil. Agatha continues to refuse until her mother becomes angry for not sharing the information. Agatha catches the sight of an open fairytale book and begins to cry, but is able to disguise her tears by chopping onions.
Afterwards, Sophie is seen visiting her mother's grave, when Agatha arrives with a candle, providing light to see the butterfly carving in the headstone. Sophie begins to tell Agatha about her mother's story- how she had two boys both born dead, and was said to be unable to have any more children afterwards, until she somehow became pregnant with Sophie. She continues talking about how her father would visit Honora as her mother watched in pain. Sophie states that she doesn't want to end up like her, and tells Agatha that she would do "anything to see her again".
That night, Sophie has a nemesis dream, in which she is the Beast hunting down Jacob and Adam. After killing them she wakes up in fear and sees herself as a witch in the mirror. She panics, but the mirror shows herself as her normal self. She begins to wonder if the School Master was right, that she is pure Evil, but comes to the conclusion that she is not thanks to Agatha. She returns to sleep, tasting blood.
The wedding happens the next day. Agatha is seen being very grim without any reason, but makes an effort to attend the wedding for Sophie. Agatha asks Callis why the Council of Elders have to approve of each wedding and Callis responds by saying how marriages were originally forced, and Stefan suffered 'worst of all'. Callis suddenly stops talking about it, making Agatha confused before Sophie calls her over for the wedding.
As time goes on Agatha becomes more grim and Sophie more anxious. When Stefan goes to kiss Honora, Agatha makes a wish, causing her finger to glow gold. Arrows from the forest start to fly towards the wedding, causing havoc. However, they all turn at the last minute towards Sophie, who retreats. Sophie is locked in the church, as the arrows would not attack her there. Agatha refuses to leave so she is also locked in.
The attacks don't stop, and soon half of the town is destroyed. Signs around the town begin popping up, saying "GIVE US SOPHIE.". The town Elders agree to sacrifice her so the town will not perish. They take Sophie from the church and out into the forest.
Agatha is taken home but runs back to the church as she realises what the Elders are going to do to Sophie. She sees a trail of honeycream that Sophie has left and begins to follow it. However, she is thought to be an attacker, causing her to be bombarded by stones and rocks. Stefan runs after her, as he goes to attack her. When Agatha reveals it is her, she promises Stefan she will bring back his daughter and escapes into the forest.
Agatha encounters snakes (which trap her to a tree and almost strangle her to death), before noticing her fingerglow is gold, and more importantly, glows when she thinks about Tedros. She continues on her way until she finds a moat with seemingly white crocodiles in it that ear a female deer as a pair of deers attempt to cross it. Finally, she finds Sophie, with her outfit covered in blood. She hides Agatha but the attackers- men with red hoods- see them and chase them. They come to a fork in the road and take the one with the blue butterflies. The butterflies lead them to the Flowerground. The ticket taker asks for their tickets, but because they don't have any, Agatha frantically threatens him. Vines then pick up the two and carry them along the railroad, where they witness 'Ever' women talking to one another as men sit alone. The red hooded men catch up to them, but they fall into a field of flowers where Lady Lesso and Professor Dovey find them. They tell the girls that one of them has made a wish and has caused their story's original ending to be erased. Sophie denies making a wish, but Agatha couldn't lie and admits that she was longing for a prince.
The two are also informed that Tedros has now become the School Master. The only way to avoid war is for Agatha to pick either Sophie, or Tedros. If she picks Sophie, they can go home. If she picks Tedros, Sophie will go home. Either way, everything will be back to normal. But they must get their hands on the Storian to write "The End" and make their wishes of being together. If not, a war will start between boys and girls.
The meeting is interrupted by Evelyn Sader, Professor Sader's half sister. She introduces herself as the Dean of the School for Girls. She takes them to the Welcoming, where the girls perform a dance for them and present them with gifts. Sophie begins to think that this is the world that they deserve, whilst Agatha disagrees. The girls then rip off their veils, showing familiar faces, even if they have changed.
While in class, Agatha sees Tedros as a spirit, he tells her to cross the halfway bridge to visit him. She informs Hester, Anadil and Dot. She also tells them she saw a wart forming on Sophie, leading them to believe that Sophie is turning into a witch. Their suspicions grow as Sophie kills a phantom pigeon in class when she fails to become human again.
Because she gets very low scores during the day, she and Dot are required to guard the Girl's Gates. Agatha leaves by crossing the bridge, managing to trick her reflection into letting her pass. She goes up to the School Master's tower after being captured.
Unknown to her friend, Sophie follows Agatha, transmogrifying into a bird to get to the School for Boys. A mogrif shield laced around the school hinders her and sends Sophie in a pit full of snakes. As Aric and the others charge, she uses the snakes' skins to make an invisibility cape.
Before Tedros and Agatha kiss, he tells her choosing him isn't enough this time and Sophie must die. The two begin to argue. Angry, Tedros claims she let Sophie into the tower because only witchcraft could let her cross the bridge. Finding the pair in the tower, Sophie fires a shot in between them-Tedros thinking it was Agatha, and vice versa. Agatha quickly escapes to the School for Girls, finding Sophie sleeping peacefully.
Fired up, Tedros makes Aric open the shield surrounding the schools to recruit the ex-princes outside. He sends a letter to the Dean declaring war. It states that a Trial will be held. If the girls win, the boys will become their slaves. If the boys win, Sophie and Agatha would be handed over and publicly executed. Agatha vows to pick Sophie because she believes her friend is good.
Meanwhile, in the School for Girls, Hester, Anadil, Dot, Agatha and the rest of the girls where talking about Tedros. Agatha admits that she thought that Tedros shot a pink spell. Agatha tells Hester that Sophie didn't have a wart, but Hester is convinced. During their conversation, Sophie appears and says to Agatha that if they were together the witch inside her will be dead.
The school is attacked by arrows, bearing messages of a Trial by Tale. If the girls win, all the boys will become their slaves. If boys win, they will have to give up Sophie and Agatha for public execution. To the Readers' surprise, the Dean agrees to the terms. Both the School for Boys and the School for Girls start training for the Trial.
Meanwhile, Sophie, Agatha and the three witches devise a plan to sneak into the School for Boys. They find Yuba and he turns Sophie into a boy(due to her winning a challenge). However, the plan gets wrecked when Sophie (Filip) falls for Tedros. As they're competing in the Trial by Tale, they are about to kiss when Agatha sees them. Her and Filip begin to argue only for Tedros to defend Filip. However the spell unravels and Filip turns back to Sophie. Agatha than gives up on Sophie and chooses Tedros. Lady Lesso comes and sees Tedros and Agatha hugging and Sophie on the other side all alone. However, butterflies sweep her off and away back to the castle. Then the the shield between the castles break and the boys and girls charge at each other, only to be separated by a hole in the bridge.
Meanwhile, Evelyn Sader appears with the book and the Storian. She makes Agatha think Sophie is a witch but she's not and when Tedros and Agatha kiss she doesn't let the Storian write it. She then uses Sophie's wish (the one made in chapter 2) to bring the School Master back. He then kisses Sophie and the book ends with Tedros and Agatha vanishing to Galvaldon while Sophie and the School Master are now at the both evil schools.
In the stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling School for Good and Evil trilogy, everything old is new again, as Sophie and Agatha fight the past as well as the present to find the perfect end to their fairy tale.
Former best friends Sophie and Agatha thought their ending was sealed when they went their separate ways, but their storybook is about to be rewritten—and this time theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the forces of Good are in deathly peril. Will Agatha and Sophie be able to work together to save them? Will they find their way to being friends again? And will their new ending be the last Ever After they’ve been searching for?
Soman Chainani delivers action, adventure, laughter, romance, and more twists than ever before in this extraordinary end to his epic series.
- This is the second installment in the series and original trilogy