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An epic yet relatable fantasy quest framed by classic tropes of steadfast loyalty and oath-swearing, and fueled by lively dialogue and gripping pace. After having been hidden away as a child and raised by a well-known soldier, Arias Côeurdrægon has come of age and it’s now time for him to take up the quest bestowed on him. Namely, he must find the Druid and gain answers to the questions that haunt him. Attended by a couple of creature companions, Arias’s journey through Aeryth is fraught with peril and sorrow, while the Druid awaits the arrival of his apprentice. The world is richly-evoked, with painterly descriptions of the natural world (the dense forests and rolling storm clouds) interlaced with vivid depictions of domestic scenes, such as the sharing of hearty stews and home-baked bread. Indeed, one of this novel’s feats is to bring together the big and the small, to interweave an overarching epic quest with intimate details of human needs, desires and daily life. Joanne Owen, A LoveReading Ambassador