Tesania is just the teenage daughter of a blacksmith in her small village. All that changes when a troop of beasts massacre her village and kill her parents. Now she's a teen with a mission: to kill Tyrannth, the evil mage in charge of the beasts. Along the way Tesania meets Deavon, a ranger who is willing to help her get revenge. Together they assemble a band consisting of the ranger Aldan, The soldiers Giddy and Raim, The mages Nasha and Elddyn, Tean the monk, and Kailyn the maid. All of them make the hard journey through the mountains to Tyrannth's keep. But will it be worth the struggle? Or will it all end in the keep before they even have a chance?
This book is among the best I have ever read. Tesania is so normal it's really easy to see yourself as her. She 's just like you and me (except for, you know, living in a medieval time period) only she's in extreme circumstances. Later in the book you find out she's not as normal as she seems, but it doesn't matter anymore because you're already seeing from her point of view, feeling her pain. As for Tyrannth and his keep, at first he seems so unreachable, completely invincible. But as the group gets closer they begin to see the cracks and the holes in Tyrannth's keep, his plan for taking over, and Tyrannth himself. It really shows how nothing is invincible and nothing lasts forever. My favorite thing about this book though, is that the good side is far from perfect as well. The people in the capital city are petty, the heads of the rangers, the soldiers, the mages, and the monks fight among themselves and the King lets over half the people in Rilmir City starve. It s not just the classic battle of good versus evil. I'd recommend this book to fantasy lovers of all ages.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Rockwell City, IA USA