Audience: Middle Grade
Format: Audiobook/Library Copy
Though the world had ended long before Zed was born, this was still the scariest day of his life.
- first sentence
Zed and Brock are best friends and they live in Freestone, one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters. Zed is half-elf and he hopes to be picked for the Mages Guild. Brock, whose father is a merchant, expects to be picked for the Merchants Guild. But life doesn't always go as planned and the boys end up part of the Adventurer's Guild. The Adventurers are the last line of defense against the Dangers (otherworldly monsters) and the only ones who dare venture outside the walls of Freestone. Jett and Liza make up the remaining members of the apprentices who must spend the night outside the walls for their initiation.
This is a great first book in the series and I can't wait to read book two. Zed is a clumsy, funny hero with surprising powers. Brock is strong and thinks he has it all figured out, but ends up in a situation he hates but can't escape from. Liza is a noble who decides she wants to be whatever she decides and volunteers for the Adventurers. Jett is a dwarf and is strong inside and outside.
I loved getting to know the characters and holding my breath when they were in danger. There is intrigue, danger, excitement, and loss in this book along with themes of friendship and what it means to be loyal. I can't wait to read book 2.
I think this is going to be a popular book in school this year.