Sydelle has always lived in a desert village but when danger threatens it she must leave with the stranger and wizard, Wayland North. However Wayland has secrets about both himself and the reason he choose Sydelle to assist him. All the characters, but especially Wayland, have hidden depths and secrets which kept the story interesting. Also I like how the magic system works in this book and how it is unique from all other books I can think of. This is an astounding YA fantasy book and I hope someday Bracken will write a sequel so we find out more about Sydelle, Wayland and their adventures.