THE GUARDIAN HERD: STARFIRE is the first book in a new epic tween fantasy series, perfect for readers of Warriors and Guardians of Ga'Hoole. It tells the story of a young foal, Star, who controls the fate of Anok and the five herds that live there, yet must overcome his malformation to find his prophesized destiny. In this action-packed new adventure fantasy from debut author JENNIFER LYNN ALVAREZ, the winged herds of Anok live in a world where war, kidnappings, and executions are commonplace. Every hundred years, a black foal is born who is prophesied to either unite or conquer the five herds, threatening the balance of power in this mystical world. No one - not even the foal himself - knows the fate his prophecy will hold. This century's black foal, Star, is born malformed and unable to fly, making him a true underdog, or horse, in this case. Despite his oversized wings, he is destined to become the most powerful pegasus in all of Anok, which make him a threat to the over-stallions of the five herds. Their plan is to execute Star on his first birthday. Star must escape the clutches of the powerful leaders with the help of his friends, and overcome the death and destruction that seem to follow his every step. Star's journey of self-discovery turns into a fantastic battle between good and evil that will enchant both boys and girls.