In the ancient city of Agora, two orphans’ fates have suddenly changed.
He has escaped the plague. She has been released from life as a servant.
But both are still fighting to survive.
And together, they will play a role in fulfilling the prophecy of the mysterious Midnight Charter.
If they live . . .
“Charity, greed, freedom, fate and political scheming are all woven through debut author Whitley’s richly conceived world. Readers will be buoyed by every small triumph that cannot be recorded in an account book.”—Publishers Weekly
“Exciting and gripping from the first heart-stopping line, this first book in a trilogy takes readers only part of the way to resolving the predictions of the Midnight Charter and its relationship to Mark and Lily. Readers will anxiously await the next installment as they reach the cliff-hanger ending.”—School Library Journal
“Deft world-building and crafty plotting combine for a zinger of an ending that will leave readers poised for book two. Surprisingly sophisticated upper-middle-grade fare, with enough meat to satisfy older readers as well.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Whitley threads together a thrilling page-turner with the two young heroes’ lives intertwining in surprising and illuminating ways.”—Shelf Awareness
“One of the most original and creative books I’ve read in a long time.”—Wands and Worlds.com
An Indie Bound Pick of the Lists/Top Ten Selection