The future for 16-year-old Taal appears to be drearily set. Toiling away in the dusty, coastal town of Takelberorl, the intellectual and intuitive young man tries his best to shed an optimistic light on a life of mundane chores and routine self-defense classes. But a malevolent twist of fate soon turns his laborious life upside down. Leaving his friends and family behind, he is forced to embark on a journey of unparalleled proportions, one that will challenge all of his previously-existing assumptions and expectations about life.
From the battle-scarred plains that surround the place of his birth, through regal cities and across pristine mountain wildernesses full of mysterious forces, Taal and his makeshift band of renegades search valiantly in a quest unmask the evil forces conspiring to annihilate all races. Taking heart-pounding risks and suffering tumultuous trials, the team experiences both horrific battles and unexpected delights.
Powerfully descriptive and yet lyrically poignant, Clarke reveals the land of Nidola as one of not only diverse wonders and startling beauty, but also exposes a world where seemingly benign occurrences have often surprising and even deep meaning. The radiant and dynamic characters transverse exquisite landscapes that are both hauntingly beautiful and fiendishly dangerous. Adventurous and exciting, yet thought-provoking and memorable, Taal’s adventure transports the reader to a unique place that won’t soon be forgotten.