The children of Erdas are required to drink Nectar when they turn eleven to see if they will become one of the few to have a spirit animal. Four children are about to discover that they each have spirit animal bonds which are rare links between human and animal that give great powers to both. Conor, an indentured servant, calls Briggan the wolf. Abeke, the young warrior, calls Uraza the leopard. Jhi the panda comes to Meilin, the daughter of a general, and Rollan, an orphan from the streets, calls Essix the falcon.
Since she was young, Nyx has always known she was destined to marry the Dark Lord who has enslaved her kingdom. Her father has been preparing her for this match for many years, and while her destiny is marriage, the prophecy states that she will be the one to kill him, if he doesn’t kill her first. Nyx rails against the unfairness of the prophecy, as it was her father who bonded her and not her angelic twin sister to the Dark Lord, and yet her fierce determination will be what is needed to defeat him in the end. Or is the Dark Lord not what he seems?
Flora is a happy, curious pig who lives with her mom and siblings on a farm. She longs for adventure, but there isn’t much going on in the pigpen. One day, she makes an escape and tastes the joy of freedom. When she spies some dogs training for sled-pulling, she dreams of joining the team.
Ash Mistry, a 13-year-old British school boy, and his sister Lucky are on vacation, visiting their aunt and uncle in India. His uncle is offered 2 million dollars to take a job translating writing found in an archeological dig, by Alexander Savage, the wealthy European sponsoring the dig. Ash goes with his uncle to Savage’s home – once the palace of the maharajah, and now called the Savage Fortress. While there, Ash finds a golden arrowhead, and has an out-of-body experience during which he is Rama, the great king/god/warrior who defeated Ravana, the Demon King
Dad is in charge when Mom goes to a conference to present a paper on lizards. When he goes to the corner store to get milk for breakfast, he is gone for a very long time. His children idle away their time, wondering what has caused his seemingly endless absence and pondering whether to use orange juice on their cereal.