Synopsis- In Erdas, having a spirit animal is uncommon. It was even more so when four children, – Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan – summoned the four fallen Great Beasts of Erdas. But now more children are summoning the other Great Beasts – and getting them stolen! A man has found a way to alter the spirit animal bonds, and to steal animals and force them as his own. It seems the entire world is at stake, and there are only a few who can stop him. Will they be able to save Erdas?
What I Thought- This was an amazing first book for a new series! Mr. Schrefer brings you up to speed without spoiling much of the other books from the original story line. Mr. Schrefer’s writing style really played a huge part in setting up the new series, as he was descriptive enough to vividly create a setting and to give a realistic aspect to the characters and their spirit animals. I like how it keeps the older characters – and gives them a fuller background – but also brings newer characters into the series. You really feel for the characters almost immediately – one is shunned from his tribe, another’s city is destroyed, and one is bonded to one of the worst possible Great Beasts. The story is a fun one that has a great villain and a lot of mystique. The story is actually pretty gloomy, but has a lot of humor to even it out. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!