The Chronicles of Avantia: First Hero
Tanner, a young boy living in the land of Avantia, has been chosen by a magnificent Beast - the young phoenix Firepos - to be her rider. It is their destiny to seek three other Beasts, and their Chosen Riders - for they have an epic task to undertake. Together they must do battle with the cruel warlord Derthsin and his terrible armies of destruction...
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An excellent introduction to fantasy.