Author: Garth Nix
Type: Science Fiction
Publication date: 2000
Number of Pages: 195
This book is a Science fiction book that is the fist of a series of books called The Seventh Tower. It starts out with a boy by the name of Tal Graile-Rarem receiving word that his dad was missing on a mission that he was doing for the queen. And that is when every thing goes down hill. This is because his dad has the only good sunstone that will allow Tal to pass into the world of Aerian. Aerian is the world where a boy goes to receive his spirit shadow when he turns fourteen. Right now he as what is called a shadow guard, the shadow guard is his actually shadow only it can independently take shape into different things, what ever is needed to be to protect Tal when he gets into trouble. The thing is he need to get a spirit shadow when he turn fourteen other wise he will lose a shadow all together and not be a chosen and more. This will make him a commoner and he will have to live at the cave at the bottom of the mountain.
So now Tal needs to go and find him a new sunstone powerful enough to be able to enter him into the Aerian. There were only three ways to do this the first one was to ask for one from his Aunts who had more than one of them and was in a higher order. But for some unknown reason they had a grudge against Tal's father and would not give him one. The next possible way to get a stone was to win one at the achievements. These were events that took place where people could enter to win sunstones. After quickly looking over the events Tal decided to try to win one in the achievement of agility. But some thing bad happened when he went on the day of event his name was not on the schedule for when it was his turn to race the opstickal course. When he went to the desk to ask what had happen he found out that his name was signed up for a different achievement it was the achievement of music....