The Heroes of Erdas are wanted fugitives. Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan have saved their world from countless threats. They are guardians from across the globe, united by their legendary spirit animals under one banner. But now the young heroes are running for their lives, framed for a crime they didn't commit.
Branded as traitors, the four must uncover the plot against them, all while unraveling the mysteries of a set of powerful relics tied to an ancient secret.
Their search brings Conor home to Trunswick, where there will be no hero's welcome. They find the city transformed: the castle burned to ground and the townsfolk poor and desperate. With a handsome reward offered for their capture, who can the heroes trust?
Varian Johnson is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Parker Inheritance
, for which he won a Coretta Scott King Honor award; The Great Greene Heist
, which was an ALA Notable Children's Book, a Kirkus Reviews
Best Book of 2014, and a Texas Library Association Lone Star List selection; and To Catch a Cheat
, another Jackson Greene adventure and a Kids' Indie Next List pick. He lives with his family near Austin, Texas. You can find him online at varianjohnson.com.