Eighteen year old Matthew Hawking constantly wishes he can be a hero. That's how he deals with living a boring life of pampered luxury. One summer he decides to mix it up by running away. That's the summer his life turned upside down. After discovering a long-forgotten prophecy while on the run, Matthew embarks on a quest across two worlds for the legendary crystals of Erisedia. Failure to find them will mean the return to power of the worst enemy both worlds have ever known. The prophecy reveals that many years ago the wizard Erisedia asked his children to gather the six magic crystals and use them to destroy the evil Carsumi before he takes over the world. Nobody knows the identity of the chosen ones, but as the adventures mount, Matthew begins to wonder if he and his new friends might be Erisedia's children. Pursued by a merciless warlord with an army of thousands, Matthew begins to see himself as the hero of a glamorous adventure. As the story intensifies and lives hang in the balance, Matthew must decide if he will remain the swash-buckling, cape-wearing icon of his dreams or mature into a true leader who fulfills the prophecy. He must learn to tame his selfish impulses in order to conquer the evil which is all around him. The Crystals of Kings is a magical twist on the classic, fast-paced treasure hunt story, and has been described as Harry Potter meets Indiana Jones. It is the first of four books in the Son of Time series. The adventure chronicles the change in Matthew and his two companions as they learn that being a hero involves sacrifice, friendship, trust, and bravery.
Used availability for Ryan Byrnes's The Crystals of Kings
September 2012 : USA Paperback