In a world of perpetual shadow, a boy is born wielding remarkable power over fire. Amos is seven when he kills a Shadow Wolf and becomes a legend in Shiloh. Everyone is amazed by him… and afraid that his father may be a madman. His father tells stories about a world beyond the Shadow, a time before the Shadow. People who tell those stories usually come to unfortunate ends.
The year Amos and his best friend, Simeon, turn twelve, they are itching to prove themselves. An impetuous plan to steal a beautiful lantern goes miserably awry, and the lantern s owner prophesies that Amos will be devoured by the Shadow. For the first time, a seed of fear is planted in Amos’s mind, and when his father is killed by a Shadow Wolf on the last day of the Great Hunt, the fear takes hold. If so great and brave a man as his father could fall to the Shadow, what hope does he have?
Does anyone ever truly escape the Shadow?
Evander is beloved by his people. He leads his band of hunters into the foothills, snatching food from the mouths of the Shadow Wolves. He rides out against the dragons that descend from their lairs in the Pallid Peaks. He shelters an orphaned girl who escapes the wolves and appears on his doorstep in the heart of winter. The people of Holt would follow him anywhere. Or so it seems.
His mother’s visions of a great light called the sun have driven her mad. But they’ve shaped her son’s mind and invaded his heart. He begins to think it possible that a sunlit world could indeed lie somewhere over the mountains. He begins to hope, to plan. But many in the prosperous village of Holt think Evander’s notion of the sun is no more than a child’s tale. The fate of his people rests on his choice. And the Shadow is watching.
The Shadow’s hold has grown strong over Shiloh. For many long years, the Bright Immortals have waited, and at last Ram has allowed them to intervene. At their behest, Simeon crafts the Singing Stone, and Isolde goes back into the Shadow to call the Children of the Morning to freedom, to light.
But the Wolf is cunning and his allies have made ready. War is coming for Isolde’s sister, Rosalyn, for faithful Orin, for Eve and Merrick, and the few remaining warriors who refuse to be silent. Will they find the strength to stand against the last and greatest assault of the Dark Immortals?
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