First of a thrilling fantasy adventure series set on the Dark
World, where society is ranked according to its colour clan and the
most precious commodity is light. In all the world there is only
one place that ever sees the sun. A seven-towered castle built upon
a mountain high above the desolate ice lands below. Tal is getting
ready for the Day of Ascension -- a day when all the 13-year-old
Chosen from the Castle of Seven Towers enter the spirit world of
Aenir. Then his father disappears with the family's Primary
Sunstone. Without it, Tal cannot enter Aenir and bind himself to a
Spiritshadow -- a guardian being, both protector and friend. Tal
tries to steal a Sunstone, but during his act of thievery is thrown
off the Castle of Seven Towers by a powerful Spiritshadow Keeper.
He falls down to the iceworld below, where he is captured by
Icecarls. To save his life, he must team up with Milla -- a
Shield-Maiden-in-training -- and offer his aid to the nomads. Which
complicates his task immeasurably!