Every night Ulv is cloaked in total Darkness. Twelve hours ruled by the ravenous, clawing Shadow Creatures, beasts made of shadow and evil.
Young Bo is charged with a monumental task: freeing the land of its curse by returning the Stars to the sky. He must find three magical keys spread across the land – keys that will unlock the cage holding the wolf who ate the Stars.
But there’s another motive, beyond saving Ulv. If Bo releases the Stars, he can make a wish of his own and maybe find the mother who left him behind . . .
Twelve-year-old Bo, who was abandoned in the forest as an infant, has always been shunned by local villagers, who believe that he's tainted by the Shadow Creatures that roam the Dark at night. When his guardian, acerbic woodcutter Mads, is killed by an enormous magical wolf, Bo is tasked with a seemingly impossible quest: find the three keys needed to release the wish-granting Stars and return magic to the land. Accompanied by his fox, Nix; a magic-wielding girl; and a Korakhu half woman, half bird Bo must journey far and wide to solve the three riddles that unlock each step of the quest as ruthless foes seek to find the Stars before him. With this fanciful adventure, Plozza (Tin Heart) invokes the language of myth and fairy tales to construct a complex, heartwarming hero's quest. Her world, as explored both through Bo's experiences and excerpts from fictional document "The True Histories of Ulv," possesses sufficient humor and heart to balance the darkness. Ages 8 12.