This story begins at the with the returning of warriors from a battle where their fellow men-at-arms were completely obliterated . It is not often that a story begins with the lose of a battle, or the evacuating of an entire city. This one however does. The forces of dark far overwhelmed the cities forces and they were slaughtered. The remaining few were sent back to escort the people to a new land where the young prince can go grow and rule the remainder of his people in peace. Two of the remaining warriors were Nasharins, an ancient elemental race that had thought to have been wiped out long ago. Mirabel was charged with delivering the news of his father's demise to the young prince and leading the way into the new lands.
Along the way, Mirabel feels the overwhelming pull of another Narsharin. But it can't be!! Their numbers were so few and far between! Energy never lies and this particular sensation was incredibly strong, as from a powerful being. Mirabel finds Seth and explains the situation to him and Seth agrees to accompany him. They settle the people in a secure area and begin their journey to a place that is only a few hours away. Their arrival in town is swift and they observe the activities of the evil forces within the city. It looks as though they are preparing a ritual. Soon enough it begins. Mirabel is desperately searching for the life-force he felt the pull form but is coming up with nothing. At last the sacrifice is brought forth and laid upon the alter. Mirabel looks upon it in outraged shock. For there, nestled inside some rags lays an infant and the pull that he has been searching for.
This story is about Darshaun (Dar), the infant that was rescued by Mirabel and Seth, and the coming of the guardian stated in the prophecy. Dar has many obstacles that he most overcome in order to grow into the man he is destined to be. Dar has many endearing qualities such as his openness to adventure, his innocence, and his care-free way of looking at life. He isn't your typical alpha testosterone bound hero, rushing into every skirmish to save the day. He is very emotional and easily expresses them for all to see. But will this boy be able to push aside his fears to become the man the world needs him to be?
This was an excellent intro into Dar's world. There are a huge array of interesting creatures, my favorite being the Nasharins themselves, that are vividly captivating and creative. The author has definitely gained a fan through this book, for it was very well written. I enjoyed my dip into this world and am eagerly anticipating the next book! Great Read!!