Several years have passed since the apprentice and his master, Will and Halt, first met, and Will is finally a full-fledged Ranger with his own fief to look after. The fief seems sleepyaboring, evenauntil Lord Syron, master of a castle far in the north, is struck down by a mysterious illness. Joined by his friend Alyss, Will is suddenly thrown headfirst into an extraordinary adventure, investigating fears of sorcery and trying to determine who is loyal to Lord Syron. As Will battles growing hysteria, traitors, and most of all, time, Alyss is taken hostage, and Will is forced to make a desperate choice between his mission and his friend.
John Flanagan arbeitete als Werbetexter und Drehbuchautor, bevor er das Bücherschreiben zu seinem Hauptberuf machte. Den ersten Band von Die Chroniken von Araluen schrieb er, um seinen 12-jährigen Sohn zum Lesen zu animieren. Die Reihe eroberte in Australien in kürzester Zeit die Bestsellerlisten.