On Emblem Islands, all are born knowing their fates. Their lifelines show the course of their lives, and emblems dictate how they will spend them. Twelve year old Tor Luna was born with a leadership emblem, but he hates his mark and is determined to choose a new path for himself. So, on the annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Tor wishes to be rid of his emblem and given a different gift. The next morning, Tor wakes up to discover a new marking on his skin–the symbol of a curse that has shortened his lifeline, giving him a week before an untimely death. there is only one way to break the curse, and it requires a trip to the notorious Night Witch. With just his village’s terrifying, ancient stories as a guide and his two friends, Engle and Melda, by his side, Tor must travel across the unpredictable Emblem Island, filled with wicked creatures he only knows through myths, in a race against his dwindling lifeline. This fast past series starter, by Alex Aster, is filled with fantastic adventure, incredible mythology, and,an unforgettable trio of friends.