When Jared Collins arrives in the kingdom of Teruvisa, he learns that he and two other newcomers have been entrusted with a mission to succeed where an entire civilization has failed. That's a lot of responsibility for three twelve-year-olds who were practically thrown into this remarkable world of awesome technology and haven't ever used a laris, seen a jobalich, or played ketauro ... yet.
Jared wanted to run, but he couldn't. A force of some kind held his bare feet firmly to the cold ground. He twisted and tugged, desperate to escape from the dark, silent forest that refused to release its grip on him.
Moments later, a robed figure came out from behind a nearby tree and approached Jared with the confidence of a hunter who knows his prey can't get away. Without a word, the tall stranger grabbed Jared by the shirt a...