Blurb: Long ago, when the earth was young. . . Four ancient beings created man to be the bastion of the earth and its creatures. But when The Great Tyrant came and chased The Ancients away, the world was transformed into a place of fear and isolation. Over time humans lost the connection they had with a world they had been created to protect. Now, deep in the forests that surround Gray Mountain, two bears find a small child that is abandoned and left for dead. They name him Evercloud, and raise him as a member of their kingdom. Teaching him the secrets of the elders, they tell him of the ancient beings that created man and the rumors of their return. Evercloud must now go on a quest to return The Ancients to power. However, in another corner of the land, a man known only as The Messenger travels the land under a white hood, on a mission to prevent the return of The Ancients. We follow the paths each of these men take until their stories collide in an epic battle of good versus evil.
*WARNING: May Contain Spoilers*
This book was okay. It had a moderately interesting storyline, but somehow the characters fell a little flat. Except The Messenger, who was kind of cool. I wish he would have been more mysterious though. I think the author should have kept his origins a mystery at least until further on in the series. There was a nice little twist at the end of the book that I didn't see coming. Be warned, there are talking animals in this book, which doesn't bother me but might annoy some people.
Favorite scene: The Messenger pulls a guy's heart out of his chest with his bare hands, looks at it, and says, "Hmm, I thought it would be black." Then drops it on the floor. (I might be a little morbid but I can't help it I thought this was cool. Yes, The Messenger is a bad guy but he was still my favorite character.)