||Despite the surface similarity in setting, many factors, including the sexual content, differentiate this boarding-school fantasy, the first of a duology, from Harry Potter. Five orphaned students of uncertain age with unusual names and unusual powers receive a classical education at (are imprisoned in) what seems to be an English boarding school presided over by sinister and inhuman teachers determined to suppress their charges' memories and abilities. Can the five students recover their powers and their pasts in time to discover what plans their captors have for them?
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||What if your teachers taught you everything–except who you really are? For Amelia and her friends, the strict English boarding school she lives in is all she has ever known. The sprawling estate, bordered by unknown territory on all four sides, is both orphanage, academy, and prison. The school has a large staff, but only five students, none of whom know what their real names are, or even how old they are. Precocious and rebellious, all five teenagers are more than just prodigies. Amelia can see in four dimensions. Victor can control the molecular arrangement of matter. Vanity can find secret passageways where none existed before. Colin is a psychic. Quentin is a warlock. And, as time goes by, they’re starting to suspect that none of them are entirely human . . . John C. Wright previous fantasy novels, the Epic Chronicles of Everness, were lavishly praised by both readers and reviewers. Now he embarks on an ambitious new saga that explores the overlapping boundaries of science, mythology, and the imagination.