"Young readers who enjoy tales of mystery and fantasy will find much to admire in Whitley's story, which follows the fortunes of Lily and Mark as they struggle to survive in the isolated city-state of Agora. While the two seem to be on different paths--Lily is devoted to service while Mark strives for personal power--a dark prophecy known only by a powerful few binds them together. Simon Vance's thoughtful, unrushed narration is the perfect foil for the book's brooding atmosphere. Vance is a master narrator who brings characters of every type to life. M.L.K. 2010 Audies Finalist (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"