The Hero and the Fugitive
Ethan, a young sorcerer living in a land where magic has been banned, struggles to escape to the Northern Realm, a place where he can at last be free of the Knights - or as the Northerners would call them: slayers. In the Kingdom of Mardon, the Knights are employed by the King to eradicate sorcery at all costs, which makes Ethan a target of their hunt.
Alex, the prodigy of a Knight, decides to leave behind the dictated future set before him by his father in exchange for a path of his own devising. With a sorted history and an even trickier personality, the boy sets forth to accomplish the one thing that will at last free him from the complications of his past.
When the boys' paths cross, they team up, and along with the help of a wise wizard, head toward the magical land of the Northern Realm, which lies on the other side of Mardon's tall mountains. Despite their best laid plans, their journey is troubled, filled with unexpected twists and turns that threaten to spoil their dreams of freedom.