Cal is tired of living with his drunken mother. He is going to have a new life with his uncle and leave all the sorrow and misery behind. Unfortunately, he gets off at the wrong train stop on his way to his uncle’s. He stumbles upon Corbenic and the Castle. At the Castle there is a party going on and Cal is invited. At the end of the night there is a procession of a staff and a cup. He is asked by the King what he saw and he denies seeing anything believing the wine he drank has made him like his mother. After he gets to his uncle’s he settles into a more comfortable life. He meets a group of medieval reenactors and joins their company. They urge him to try and find Corbenic again. Cal is reluctant until tragedy strikes. It then becomes his mission to rediscover Corbenic and makes amends.
This was a strange little book. I am not really sure how I feel about it. It is an intriguing story but it really bored me. I found myself skimming a lot of it and forcing myself to finish it. I didn’t really care about Cal or his journey and I am still a little unclear about what really happened at the end.