he talented Christopher Pike embraces a new genre with Alosha, a fantasy novel for adults and young adults. Young Ali Warner, born and raised in Southern California, has just learned that she is the Queen of the Fairies. She must now pass seven challenges and claim her magical royal powers. It sounds like a dream come true-except that armies of elves and dwarves are about to invade our world, and Ali is the only one who can stop them. Aided by a reluctant leprechaun and a loyal troll, and with her three closest friends by her side, Ali begins her quest. What should be a simple two-day hike up a mountain will instead be a journey through peril and into the darkest place in her soul. Betrayed by someone she loves, Ali Warner falls into a pit of despair. Yet she will triumph in the powerful climax to this moving novel by an assured author writing at the top of his game.