Really good fantasy novel. Perfect for anybody who likes their fantasy laced with magic and special skills but also set in a familiar world. This is England but 700 years after the rules changed which meant that unless you have magical skills, you are destined to spend 10 years being a slave to the inaptly named Equals. They have all the power, those without magic have none. England is a brutal place if you are serving your slave days.
This story is told from the point of view of siblings Luke and Abi, each of them serving their slave days in very different ways. Luke at Millmoor the grimy nasty industrial city and the rest of the family at the luxury estate of Kyneston, the seat of one of the most powerful families in the country, the Jardines. The family hate that Luke is separated from them but Luke becomes a vital cog in the resistance machine fighting to change society. He is involved in resistance missions and meets a team of others, as the series goes on I’m sure these people will come into their own. This is magic, political intrigue, family drama and survival novel all in one.
This is a fast moving story, whipping along as it sets you up for an action packed fantasy series. I’m sure that my students will love it. The cover is awesome and definitely influenced my decision to pick up the book.