Found in the desert as a baby by monks who named him, thirteen-year-old Marcus, who has been confined to a wheelchair ever since he can remember, knows nothing of his background and endures the difficulties of his daily life in various foster homes and schools by dreaming of Farworld, a magical place whose pull seems to be getting increasingly stronger.… (more)
To my kid brother, mark Savage, who encouraged, browbeat, and cheered me all the way to the finish of this book. Thanks for all the years of solving Ultima games and reading fantasy novels. You're the best.
Bundled safe in her underground burrow, with eight fuzzy babies snuggled against her warm body, the ishkabiddle woke to a curious rumbling.
But for that one brief instant the voice he thought he'd heard belonged to Master Therapass.
Marcus is no ordinary thirteen-year-old. He knows he has some special gifts. Gifts that allow him to do things other kids can’t. In fact, he might be the only kid on Earth that can turn invisible when his life depends on it. And sometimes that comes in handy for a kid who’s confined to a wheelchair and picked on by bullies.
Then there’s Kyja. She’s anything but extraordinary. At least that’s what she thinks when she compares herself to her magical friends on Farworld. Kyja’s tried to learn the magic her friends know, but sometimes if feels like she’s from a different place—a different world.
Earth and Farworld have a special link and Marcus and Kyja are about to find out they were switched at birth—a plan that protected and preserved both of them. But the time has come for them to reconnect and fulfill their destinies. Together, they discover their weaknesses are really their strengths on an adventure to save both worlds from an evil enemy.
In book one, Marcus and Kyja must find the unrevealed City of Water and convince the Water Elementals that their quest is a risk worth taking.