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The Midnight Charter by David Whitley

The Midnight Charter by David Whitley. Pub. Puffin, 2009.

I have never read a book quite like this one.

The City of Agora is a dark and gloomy place. The districts of the city are named after the Astrological signs and the economy of the city is ruled by contracts both business and personal in which a service or commodity is traded for another. It is a refined barter system and it has created a huge disparity in wealth and power amongst it’s citizens.

Mark and Lily are unfortunates who have been bought by different masters living in the same house or tower owned by Count Stelli.

Mark has been sold by his father to Dr Theophilus and Lily who is an orphan of unknown parentage, works for the great astrologer Count Strelli himself. The two decide to change masters and Lily and Dr Theophilus are driven from the tower to seek their fortune elsewhere.

Mark through good fortune and astrological predictions, becomes wealthy and is manipulated by the establishment. Lily forms a Trust that gives free medicine and food to the poor. Lily’s actions are seen as a threat to the stability of Agora, while Mark has not forgotten his poor roots.

What neither Mark nor Lily know is that their rise has been foretold by the Midnight Charter and that both are in danger.

Deep socialist stuff but great to read. This is clearly the first book  of a series, a series that promises much. Watch out for the next one.

This is for your lover of fantasy/adventure novels from Intermediate to junior secondary.

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