Having grown up on a dairy farm in Upstate New York, where she spent long hours playing outdoors with her brothers, Summer Hanford was an early aficionado of make-believe castles, quests and duels, as well as an avid reader of high fantasy. After trading farm work for a college education and laboratory work, Summer returned to her childhood dream of being an author. Now, she writes full time and has published nearly thirty novels, over twenty short stories, and has earned multiple ‘Best Seller’ and ‘#1 New Release’ badges on amazon, both in the United States and around the world. Summer currently resides in Upstate New York with her husband, their adorable new shepherd mix, and three deliberately spoiled cats who have not yet learned to appreciate the puppy. For more about Summer and her work, visit www.summerhanford.com.
Join our hero on an epic quest for the ages. With his world ready to fall into the hands of the evil Empty Ones, Ari must learn to distinguish friend from foe, to balance love and betrayal, and to master the skills he needs to thwart his enemies. With him in his adventures are Sir Cadwel, his aged mentor; Mirimel, at home in the forest and with a bow; Larkesong, bard renowned; Cooro, sword arm to a sorcerous queen; Stew, a faithful steed; and many more, be they friend, foe, or something in between. Together with his companions, Ari must battle his way into manhood, claim his rightful place in the kingdom, and reshape the world.