Journey to the Fringe
By Kelli Swofford Nielsen
(Shadow Mountain, Hardcover, 9781609088330, 340pp.)
Publication Date: May 2012
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Long ago, all of Lyria revered the Stone Mages. These magical men and women used powerful tradestones to harness their unique gifts of wind, rain, and earth to help those around them. But war with the Southern realm has threatened the mages with extinction. The truth about the tradestones has been lost, and the remaining magic is dwindling.
When Princess Ivy, the beloved daughter of the king, is abducted, it seems that all hope for Lyria is lost as well. But when an unlikely group of loyal subjects embarks on a dangerous journey to the far-distant Fringe, the hope of restoring crown and kingdom is renewed. Among the group is Simon, a fool with wisdom beyond his years; Gilda, a nonmagical witch; Burr, a young thief; and Merrick, a jaded sea captain. Their quest will test their courage, their strength, and their friendship.
What they find at the Fringe is more than a chance to save their kingdom. They find a doorway to another land, and a truth that will change everything they thought they knew about themselves. Success can be theirs, but only if this small band of heroes can embrace the power that is their birthright and stand together as Stone Mages of Lyria.