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Vis in magia, in vita vi. In magic there is power, and in power, life.

For fifteen years, Lark Ainsley waited for the day when her Resource would be harvested and she would finally be an adult. After the harvest she expected a small role in the regular, orderly operation of the City within the Wall. She expected to do her part to maintain the refuge for the last survivors of the Wars. She expected to be a tiny cog in the larger clockwork of the city.

Lark did not expect to become the City's power supply.

For fifteen years, Lark Ainsley believed in a lie. Now she must escape the only world she's ever known...or face a fate more unimaginable than death.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 338 pages
  • 147 x 218 x 33mm | 499g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 0761388656
  • 9780761388654
  • 452,475

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Intense and absorbing, Skylark transported me to a world of magic and danger unlike anything I've read before. I loved Lark, and was riveted by her journey of survival and self-discovery. Dark, original, and beautiful, this is a novel you don't want to miss. --Veronica Rossi, author of Under the Never Sky

-- "Other Print"
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4,875 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 27% (1,312)
4 33% (1,612)
3 28% (1,362)
2 8% (387)
1 4% (202)

Our customer reviews

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lerner Publishing Group and Netgalley.) 16-year-old Lark Ainsley lives in a bubble - a violet/silver dome which encapsulates 'the city' in which she lives. At the age of roughly 12, children are 'harvested', and then given the job that they will do during their adult life. 'Harvesting' involves taking the child's innate magic (or resource), and using it to power the clockwork of the city. Lark is unusal in that she is 16 and still hasn't been harvested, everyone assumes that she's a dud, but when her name is eventually called, she finds the exact opposite to be true. Lark is a 'renewable', every time the 'machine' removes her magic, her body recreates it. Renewables are very rare and very valuable, and Lark finds that they plan to wire her up with glass tubes, and drain magic from her forever. Knowing that her only chance is to escape, Lark makes a break for it. She was taught at school that the world outside the dome was inhospitable though, and she has no idea how to survive on her own, never mind how to deal with the ferocious beasts that live beyond the boundary. How long can Lark really expect to last on her own outside of the dome? And is there really a place where people like her can live free from the machines of the city? This was an okay read. I personally found it a little dull until towards the end, but it did have its merits. The world building was well thought out, and I honestly didn't know who Lark should trust and who she shouldn't trust, although I think I would have trusted far fewer people than Lark did. I disliked the people of 'the city', and the way they used the renewables like batteries. It was generally a pretty nasty place with the way they 'harvested the resource', and Lark's own brother's reaction towards her was enough to put me off him for life. No such thing as 'blood is thicker than water' where he's concerned. I did predict some of the twists but not all of them, and the finale at the end was definitely the best part of the book. The ending also left me curious as to what will happen in the next book, and I suspect that now that the scene has been set, the next book in the series will be better. Overall; worth a read if you like dystopian/fantasy stories. 7 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
Skylark. 4 of 5 star rating. No more
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