Five elements. Four friends. One city-and its sinister shadow. This epic middle grade series is filled with awesome elemental powers, nightmarish creatures, and nonstop adventure that will thrill fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Rick Riordan, and Brandon Mull. When Gabe Conway and his friends find a strange old map in his uncle's office and follow it to a crumbling secret chamber beneath San Francisco, they think they're just having one last adventure before Gabe moves away. They don't expect to end up bound to the magic of the elements, or to set off a chain of events that none of them can explain. But they're about to get more of an adventure than they bargained for. A power-hungry cult is plotting to merge our world with a twisted parallel realm-and now it's up to Gabe, his friends, and their new elemental powers to save San Francisco from utter destruction.
Finding an old map, Gabe and his friends follow clues to a secret chamber beneath San Francisco, where they perform what they think is a friendship ritual before strange events reveal a sinister cult from a parallel realm.
"Jolley weaves together frightening new lore and laces it with modern, kid-appropriate humor. A fast-paced read for middle-graders addicted to modern magical adventures." -- Kirkus Reviews "Extremely entertaining and sure to be popular with fans of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books and the 39 Clues series." -- School Library Journal "A promising start with a swift pace, a solid protagonist, and a creepy cool cult as a worthy villainous force." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Dan Jolley writes novels, comic books, children's books, and video games, and he doesn't visit his mother as often as he should (according to his mother). His work includes the manga stories set in Erin Hunter's Warriors and Seekers universes, the Transformers video games War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, the Dark Horse Comics YA graphic novel series LARP! (with co-writer Shawn deLoache), and the upcoming Oculus Rift game Chronos. Dan lives somewhere in the hills of northwest Georgia with his very patient wife Tracy and four largely useless cats. You can bug him by visiting www.danjolley.com or by following him on Twitter @_DanJolley.