In the city of Tonzimmel, where hover-cars zip over anonymous crowds, contracts are king, and education is everything, Alaric has worked hard to make a decent life for himself. As a level nine security chief, he needs no one and nothing, and is in control of his fate. Or so he thinks. When a stranger from neighboring Cadaeren suddenly appears, however, babbling of magic, quests, and long-lost princes, Alaric finds himself contractually obligated to undertake a journey that his training hasn’t prepared him for: the Quest of the Unaligned.
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Author note: The Quest of the Unaligned is a unique blend of fantasy, science fiction, and sociology. Our hero, Alaric, is a no-nonsense security chief from a highly advanced city. He is skeptical of everyone and everything, and prefers to solve problems with logic rather than trusting in what he can’t see. This proves to be a problem, however, when he is tricked into going on a quest through a magical country – especially when it turns out that Alaric is, in fact, the crown prince of said magical country. The book, which includes discussion questions for reading groups and for sociology classes, can also be used for critically examining the world and society in which we live today.