Matthew's biggest regret Is the world's only hope And his greatest weakness. After barely surviving the winter against the armies of the warlord, Carsumi, Matthew and his meager group of freedom fighters are desperate to seek out a new ally, even one only spoken of in ancient legends. The journey leads them from the deepest caverns, to the highest peaks, and into a strategic nightmare. As Matthew and his soldiers scramble to counter betrayals and failures, he realizes their only hope rests in his biggest secret...and destroying his only friendship.
Ryan Byrnes, age 17, has enjoyed the craft of writing since an early age. Currently, he is the published author of four books: The Adventures of Wheatail (2011), The Crystals of Kings (2012), The Conquest of Shadow (2013), and The Kingdom of Stones (2014). Soon to follow will be the fourth and final book in the Son of Time Series. His books have attracted a local following of children and adolescents. In 2012 and 2013, he was the keynote speaker at his county's Regional Young Authors Conference, and is a recipient of the 2013 Southern IL Gateway East Young Achiever Medallion Award. When he is not writing or studying, Ryan can usually be found running with cross-country teammates or hanging with friends and family.