Made an outcast by his curse, a young man sets out to uncover his true identity in Cotta’s page-turning YA fantasy. Seventeen-year-old Rowan, with his albino skin and an ominous mark blazoned on the neck, is considered an outsider in the coastal village. When his fourth guardian-mother dies unexpectedly, the villagers blame his curse and banish him from their land. Determined to uncover the secret behind his curse, Rowen sets out for his homeland, the far-off kingdom of Shandria. He must tread carefully if he wants to get to the root of his problems in a land rife with hostilities, cunning, betrayal, and magic. The omniscient third-person narration delves into the intricacies of the magic system, the power of inner strength and courage, and a character-driven exploration of identity, connection, and belonging. Moments of quiet introspection stealthily seep into the strong narrative as Rowen struggles to find his footing in the vast land of Shandria while seeking answers to his burning questions about identity and discovery. The dramatic tension builds to a satisfying finale, delighting fans of intricate, complex fantasies. Brimming with rich detail in a magic-infused fantasy world and populated by achingly real characters, Cotta’s story is thoroughly immersive to get lost in. Brilliantly crafted and thrilling.