n the rocky island of Anacrea, in a garden within the great castle-monastery called the Nom, lives the All and Only, the god who made all things. He is protected by an elite band of fighter monks. These are the Nomana, the Noble Warriors.
Seeker, who lives on the island, is now sixteen, at last old enough to follow his brother into the ranks of the Nomana.
Far away, Morning Star, also just sixteen, is leaving home to achieve her lifelong wish to join the Nomana.
And when a beautiful, violent river bandit known as the Wildman finds himself helpless before two Nomana, he, too, is determined to become a Noble Warrior.
But these are dangerous times. Secret enemies have sworn to destroy Anacrea, and in the imperial city of Radiance, where human sacrifices are thrown to their deaths every evening, elaborate plans to attack the nom are in place. Soon, in a shocking turn of evens, Seeker, Morning Star, and the Wildman are caught up in a bloody and harrowing race to save the Nomana—and themseves—from destruction.
William Nicholson is the author of the acclaimed Wind on Fire
trilogy as well as the screenplays for Gladiator
, both of which were nominated for Academy Awards. He has written to great acclaim for a variety of audiences—from television, to stage, to the big screen. Despite his success in those media, he was still determined to distinguish himself as a writer in the realm he loves most—books. What inspired William Nicholson to write for young readers? In a recent interview, he said that writing for film is similar to writing for children in that the story and passion are driving forces: “I think that children's literature comes from one of the most imaginative areas of the psyche.” He lives with his wife and their three children in Sussex, England.