Alanna has always wanted to be a knight, but in the land of Tortall, women aren’t allowed to train as warriors. Her twin Thom yearns to learn the art of magic, so the two swap places. Disguising herself as a boy Alanna begins training as a page in the royal court. As she masters the skills of battle and gains the admiration of those around her, including the crown prince, Alanna must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her friends. But all the while, she is haunted by the recurring vision of a black stone city that emanates evil… Her destiny awaits but can she keep her gender a secret? Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil – Alanna’s first adventure begins.