<Away and away the woodpecker sang; for there's nothing to find in this land, so refrain> Book one of the Netheron Chronicles. Welcome to Netheron. A land on the brink of a war in which it has no hope; it's ancient protectors have returned to their own lands, and the land is now left virtually unprotected, helpless in the hands of a merciless Halavarde warlord. Or so some would like to think.... But there is one who still has the power in him to turn the tide of the ancient war . . . to bring and end to a dispute that has spanned centuries. . . . In a world shaped by secrets, this unlikely hero must find the truth about everything he knows . . . including himself.