Deep in the desert there sits a beautiful oasis, ruled by a monarch unlike any other in Erdas. His name is Cabaro, the Great Lion, and he reigns over a kingdom of animals, jealously guarding his golden talisman. No human has ever set foot in the Great Beast’s territory. The journey to his oasis is impossible.
As a team, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan have achieved the impossible before. But now that team is broken — the friends scattered by a devastating betrayal.
The young heroes and their spirit animals have already sacrificed much in their quest for the talismans. But with the world crumbling all around them — and a ruthless enemy opposing their every move—their greatest sacrifices are yet to come.
Eliot Schrefer is a New York Times bestselling author, has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature, and has won the Green Earth Book Award and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. His novels include Endangered, Threatened, Rescued, and two books in the Spirit Animals series. He lives in New York City, is on the faculty of the Fairleigh Dickinson MFA in creative writing program, and is the children’s book reviewer for USA Today.