He and other young males of the Silver Isles are old enough to fly, hunt, and fight--old enough to be threats to their ruler, the red gryfon king.
I want to know where the Aesir came from, and why they fled! The question is never asked directly, but its shadow appears in every page and is what ultimately pushes Shard, our hero, to oppose the status quo.
However, I read this book expecting the majority - if not all of it - to be based in Faerie.
I do know there was a twist i was not suspecting in the I thought the first book was alot better.