TalismanBook - 2010
Fifteen-year-old Jaren Haldannon thinks he feels the call of "metanduil," a special metal that enables sorcerers to wield magic. Despite his best efforts, though, he cannot find any evidence of an ability to use magic-metal. It is his older sister, Morgaine, who lays claim to this power -- so great is her potential that dark forces seek to capture her. To elude them, Jaren and Morgaine must flee their village.
The journey thrusts Jaren onto a path of self-discovery. For, although he cannot wield magic as others do, his is an even greater power, one unheard of except in obscure legends of old. Jaren is "An'Valir," an individual who can summon magic without the use of metanduil. The trouble is, no one living can train him in the lost knowledge of An'Valir, and now he has attracted the attention of a powerful enemy ...
About the AuthorDerek Donais lives in Strathmore, Alberta, with his wife, Connie, and two children, Kieran and Maia-Lynn. He currently teaches junior and senior high school classes. Prior to his career in education, he spent several years as a police officer. Derek's interests include weight training, martial arts, and running. He is an avid reader, especially of fantasy and science fiction, though anything compelling and well-written is fair game. He traces his interest in the former genres to his elementary school years, when he discovered an uncle's 1977 illustrated edition of "The Hobbit" and then, in grade four, "The Elfstones of Shannara" by Terry Brooks.