|About the Book|
In a dark and distant future, in a world altered by a devastating war, the life of a farm boy named Kellion Madune is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that his mother is keeping a secret. There are people searching for her, for reasons KellionMoreIn a dark and distant future, in a world altered by a devastating war, the life of a farm boy named Kellion Madune is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that his mother is keeping a secret. There are people searching for her, for reasons Kellion can only guess at, but which are in some way connected to an old hermit named Mandor, who tutors him, and the corrupted beasts known as mu-shan that infect the countryside.In the north, a young noble girl named Cara arrives after a long voyage from over the Eternal Sea. She, her father, and his men are the first people in living memory ever to cross that vast ocean surrounding the Land. Her father has taken the risk because of a vision that could help save the world from peril.When Cara and Kellion are threatened, they journey to the mountain city of Taranaki in search of protection from a mystical race of humans that possess the ability to manipulate the elements of the Earth. They face trials, make friends and allies, and evade their pursuers. A powerful and ancient force drives the pursuit: a man, some say, though his identity remains mysterious. What is clear is that this force has control over the mu-shan and wants the two youths alive. If Cara and Kellion cannot understand it, if they cannot resist it, then they will be doomed to watch the world they know perish.So begins the trial of the Afterworld, the bastion of humankind.