A captivating fantasy about the bond between twins, and the power of children to stand up for what’s right.
Rivka is one of the magical elite and the daughter of an important ambassador. But she harbors a deep secret: She once had a twin brother, Arik. When Arik failed to develop his own magical abilities, the government declared him a wilding, removed him from his home, placed him with non-magical adoptive parents, and forbade him any contact with his birth family. Now it is as if he never existed at all.
But Rivka refuses to forget her twin brother. Even though she knows she could lose everything—her father, her friends, even her freedom—she sets out to find Arik. She has nothing to go on except her still-new magical powers and her love for her brother. Can that possibly be enough to bring them together again, when all of society believes they belong apart?
“This is a thoughtful adventure, with magic seeping through the pages.”—School Library Journal
“This book features a richly developed world, with a strong, young female protagonist who fights to correct a social wrong against long odds. . . . Will appeal to fans of fiction with strong elements of fantasy and magic.”—VOYA
“Glewwe’s city-state of Ashara is an immersive world with social divisions that are simultaneously familiar and foreign.”—Publishers Weekly
“Rivka’s not always easy to like but she is easy to respect, and her fierce, unwavering determination to get her twin back is inspiring.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Examines the difficulty of completely eradicating systemic injustice. . . . Bittersweet but hopeful.”—Kirkus Reviews