The year is 1800. After her village is torched by agents of an evil Force, a cryptic note from her guardian sends young Tien Ming, a girl of mixed race, on a perilous quest for a spellbook that will give the holder immense power, wealth, and immortality! Accompanying her are two magical creatures - a shapeshifting owl and golden snow leopard - each with their own reasons for possessing the book. Through a myriad of unexpected twists and turns, Tien shows her bravery and strength of character. Thwarted by supernatural evil forces, ghosts, a human villain, and heart-wrenching betrayals, Tien journeys on, finding hope, redemption, and unlikely friendship by voyage's end.
Join thirteen-year-old novelist Ketaki Shriram in her extraordinary tale of myth, magic, adventure, and what it means to be human...
"Ketaki Shriram here joins the ranks of writers in the finest tradition of fantasy fiction, creating a story appealing on the personal level to anyone who has felt like an outcast, and enthralling in its sweeping creation of a world threatened by best intentions gone awry."
- Catherine Head