The Last Mayor’s Son by Leslie E. Heath is a young adult fantasy/ adventure.
Returning home should be a joyous occasion. But for Aibek the thought alone filled him with dread. For twenty years he had written home, silence his only answer. He wondered if the town survived, what became of his parents following that fateful night when he was smuggled away in a knapsack. Now, after all that time he finally hears word. He learns of the responsibility those living there wish him to bear, he is the only living child of the mayor, and now, just as he was about to graduate his officer training at West Xona Military Academy, they ask for his return. The town has been freed of its oppressive ruler, but they fear it will soon be reclaimed. They look to him, to his training, for guidance hoping he can help them prepare. But not everyone was pleased to see Tavan overthrown, and not everyone believes one raised outside their village should so easily be given the role of leader.