A thousand years later, a priest of the fire god Firenze finds a newborn baby on the steps of the temple. Named Daimeric di Firenze, the baby is raised in the temple until, at the age of ten, he tests for magic in all four elements. The first Elementalist in 500 years, he is sent to be trained at the Academy of Mages in Avran Avar, where he is watched closely by the ruling Council of Mages.
When Daimeric graduates at 18, he expects to be sent to the front lines to help guard against attack from Avernon. Instead, the Council assigns him four new students to mentor, in hopes of teaching him self-control and respect for other people, even those weaker than him.
These students -- tough, rough-and-tumble Niamh Telarian; mischief-maker di'Luca Ariscae, second son of a king; thoughtful, sweet-tempered Lore id Ailera dan Morven; and sensitive, loyal Korivenya d'Alteo -- are forced not only to adjust to their new lives and each other, but also must earn Daimeric's respect - and in doing so may save both countries from another war.
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