Stephen Reeves, author
Twelve-year-old Eamon returns home from his first solo hunting expedition hoping to have earned his rite of passage into adulthood and full status as a hunter. Disqualified by a technicality, Eamon is left searching for his place in the village. When a mysterious darkness appears, threatening the village, he sets off to find the Druid, a magician powerful enough to rid the land of the danger. As he journeys through the Barren Plains and Do’gorym Sea, Eamon finds companions to help him on his quest. Upon reaching the Druid’s home, they find it abandoned. Hope is not lost, however, when they discover one of the druid’s journals contains the incantation they need to save Eamon’s village. On the trip home, however, Gil betrays Eamon, stealing the book and attacking the wolf. Dying, the wolf turns into an old man, revealing himself as the druid. With his final breaths, he explains that he has been watching Eamon and names the boy his successor. Reeling from betrayal and loss, Eamon returns to his village dejected, only to find the darkness has reached his home. Hurt and angry, he reaches for magic that until now he never realized he possessed and rids the land of the darkness for good. Village saved, Eamon realizes he’s outgrown his home. Needing to learn to control his newfound magic, Eamon heads back to the arctic to study the druid’s journals and assume his place as the Arctic Druid.