Millennia ago, a magical disaster caused the fall of a great
worldwide civilization, the end of a golden age. New civilizations have fought
their way up from the ancient destruction and chaos, knowing little of the lost
world that preceded them or the details of its fall. Corus today is a world of
contending countries, of humans, but also of strange animals and supernatural
creatures. It is a place of magical powers, and of a few people who are
talented enough to use them. Alusius, the hero of the story, is one.
Although born into a successful herder family, Alusius never
knew his father, who was killed in action while serving in the militia. He was
raised on a Nightsheep ranch by his mother and grandparents, and schooled at
home. As a child, he showed very strong Talent. He is warned gravely that he
must never reveal this outside the home lest he spend his life in servitude to
some rich and powerful person. But as he grows to young manhood, Alusius must
serve in the militia like his father before him. When his country is invaded by
the slave armies of The Matrial, an immortal ruler in a nearby land, Alusius is
captured and enslaved.
A time of changes has come upon the world of Corus. If the
evil surrounding The Matrial is not brought to an end, those changes will not
be happy ones. Gradually, Alusius realizes that he and his Talent have a
central role to play. Download and start listening now!