Exiles of Forlorn by Sean T. Poindexter
It all began when the old man died.
On a ship of exiles bound for the edge of civilization, he passes on his life’s work to a band of youths. He gives each of them a piece of information that leads to a mythical treasure.
The five friends – the lord’s son, the soldier, the thief, the beautiful river pirate and the wizard’s apprentice – all agree to join the hunt.
They arrive on the shores of Forlorn eager to begin their journey, but find a community plagued by threats from pirates and man-eating giants. The friends must choose to either stay and help those who have taken them in or to venture into unknown lands in search of a prize that may not even exist.
Either choice promises excitement, danger ─ and death.