Written by BC author David Ward, this action-packed fantasy novel blends history and romance—telling a story full of intrigue, cliff-hangers, and dangerous twists and turns. The book’s four teenage protagonists must save their city using their wits, courage, and creativity. Through it all, they create strong bonds that allow them to support one another through the various conflicts and situations they must overcome. This award-winning novel lends itself well to an independent novel study in a middle-grade classroom. It allows for deeper explorations of the theme of friendship, the elements of storytelling, character development, and the use of descriptive language.