Gr 7-10-On the island of Anacrea, monks protect and serve the All and Only god, who created the world. Seeker has always wanted to be a Noble Warrior like his older brother. Morning Star, a hill girl, wants to become a fighter for justice. Wildman, a river bandit, decides he wants the peace and power of the Nomana, a revered order of warrior monks, for himself. Each hopes to be selected to join the community. Together, they forge a bond that tethers them through a storm at sea, a kidnapping, and a plan brewing in the golden city of Radiance to destroy Anacrea. The scheming Soren Similin's complicated maneuverings are thwarted by coincidental meetings and the hand of fate, leaving plenty of room for sequels. Anacrea and Radiance, with their attendant theologies, are built carefully in this slowly paced story. The main characters struggle to find their identities and places in the world, and begin to show the characteristics they will need to fulfill the larger destiny that the All and Only has in store. Michael Page does a fine job with the narration of this first book (Harcourt, 2006) in William Nicholson's projected series. Seeker's quiet determination, Morning Star's soft sarcasm, and Wildman's exuberance are deftly conveyed, and Soren Similin shines with devious greed. This fantasy will be popular with fans of the genre in public and school libraries.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.