[quote]This book introduces the reader to Elbryan Wyndon and Jilseponie Ault, two young friends whose lives are irrevocably changed by the destruction of their village of Dundalis, and Avelyn Desbris, a pious young man who enters the monastery of St.-Mere-Abelle in order to study and to serve God. Divided by the catastrophe, Elbryan and Pony (Jilseponie's nickname) struggle to sort out their lives while Avelyn comes to terms with the all-too-human brothers of the Church and the myriad injustices he witnesses them cause.
Elbryan is taken in by the elusive and magical elves of Andur'Blough Inninness where he learns not only to train his body, but also to train his mind in the ways of philosophy. Elbryan trains for years, perfecting his art of being a ranger, while far away his childhood love, Pony has forgotten her very past...and her name.
Years pass before the trio meets, Elbryan as an elven-trained ranger, Pony as a former soldier and Avelyn, the wayward monk. It will be up to these three, along with a group of friends and allies, to save the world from the Demon Dactyl, Bestesbulzibar, and his dark force of goblins, powries and Fomorian giants.[/quote]