Hated by humans, pursued by goblins, spied on by eagles, despised by "true" Fae, 13-year-old orphaned half Fae (or Faelin) twins, Diello and Cynthe, and their two companions: a talking Samal wolf pup whose mother died bringing warning and a half witted half goblin boy determined to help the only people who've ever been kind to him, must cross most of the human realm of Antrasin in order to return a dangerously powerful magical sword that their parents once stole and hid away until the catastrophic events of the previous book Crystal Bones
To author C. Aubrey Hall's credit, this is not the relentlessly downbeat grimfest the first book was. Oh, bad things continue to happen of course, but now there's the sense of lessons being learned, progress being made, and the fellowship, especially the twins, being forged into something that will shake their world. When greeted with rejection and betrayal by the true Fae of Embarthi, the twins eschew feeling sorry for themselves and concentrate on improving their ever growing magical abilities, protecting the rest of the fellowship, and plotting against...
For the sake of their imprisoned baby sister, they'll take on their world in the upcoming Mage Fire
Their world is in trouble.
Note: Those who (justifiably IMHO) complained about the lack of a map in the first book are rewarded with a two-pager, not to mention a helpful three page Cast of Characters in this volume.