When Caleb gets put into a pretty nice orphanage after getting picked up off the street he decides to stick around for a while. He meets some people that actually have a chance at becoming friends for him. Living on the street for so long has given him some pretty major trust issues so that would be a first. As Caleb is enrolled in the local highschool he starts to learn that everything is not as it seems and trolls and goblins really do exist. Jas is another kid in school who Caleb forms a bond with and sort of walks him through all of the new discoveries he is making.
The negatives to the story are the dialogue being a bit advanced for most highschool kids and especially one who has spent a good portion of his life on the street. The other big issue I found was how much time Caleb spent inside his own head. I don't mean the training exercises he was being taught to do, but he has a very analytical mind and the reader is shown a bit too much of his though processes. There were times when I thought this slowed the book down a bit.
The good aspects were many and made the book a worthwhile read despite my earlier criticisms. The powers that were revealed in the book were well done with the specializations and the applications of them. The Were clans were also an excellent addition to the supernatural cast and they were used in a way that is a bit atypical for shapeshifters. This is a good read from a young other who shows an amazing amount of promise.