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By Emily Rodda

Lief, Barda, and their unpredictable new spouse Jasmine are on an pressing challenge to discover the seven stones from the magic Belt of Deltora. The golden topaz has already been chanced on. yet in simple terms while all of the stones were restored to the Belt can their land be free of the darkish strength of the evil Shadow Lord.

To locate the second one stone, Lief, Barda, and Jasmine needs to commute via territory governed through the monster-sorceress Thaegan and conquer their greatest problem yet--the hideous mum or dad of the enchanted Lake of Tears!

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If we strategy it from the south, creating a broad circle, we will be able to stay away from her realize until the very finish. ” “Such a trip may strength us to pass the Os-Mine Hills, so might take 5 instances as long,” growled Barda, ahead of Lief might solution. “And who understands what hazards the Hills themselves may well carry? No. i think we should always pass the best way we now have deliberate. ” “I, too,” Lief agreed. “So it's opposed to one. ” “It isn't really! ” Jasmine retorted. “Kree and Filli vote with me. ” “Kree and Filli wouldn't have a vote,” growled Barda, ultimately wasting endurance. “Jasmine — include us or go back to the Forests. the choice is yours. ” With that, he strode away, with Lief shut in the back of him. Jasmine, after an extended minute, walked slowly after them. yet she used to be frowning, and within the days that undefined, she had grown increasingly more grave and silent. Lief was once pondering so deeply that he nearly cannoned into Barda, who had stopped all at once simply round a bend within the song. He began to ask for forgiveness, yet Barda waved his arm for silence, and pointed. they'd reached the top of the tree-lined pathway, and without delay sooner than them yawned a superb chasm, its naked, rocky cliffs sparkling purple within the solar. Over the poor drop swayed a slender bridge made up of rope and wood planks. And in entrance of the bridge stood a big, golden-eyed, dark-skinned guy conserving a wickedly curved sword. Like a gaping wound within the earth, the chasm stretched away to left and correct so far as the attention may see. Wind blew via it, creating a gentle, eerie sound, and nice brown birds swooped at the gusts like huge, immense kites, wings unfold huge. there has been no manner throughout other than the swaying bridge. however the option to the bridge used to be barred via the golden-eyed monstrous, who stood unmoving and unblinking, on defend. Lief stood stiffly, his middle beating quick, as Jasmine him round the bend. He heard her take a pointy breath as she, too, observed what used to be forward. The golden-eyed guy had spotted them, yet he made no stream. He simply stood, ready. He wore not anything yet a loincloth, but he didn't shiver within the wind. He was once so nonetheless you might have concept him a statue, other than that he breathed. “He is bewitched,” Jasmine whispered, and Kree made a small, moaning sound. They walked carefully ahead. the fellow watched them silently. but if ultimately they stood prior to him, on the very fringe of the negative drop, he raised his sword warningly. “We desire to cross, friend,” Barda stated. “Stand apart. ” “You needs to solution my question,” answered the fellow in a low, rasping voice. “If you solution adequately, you could go. in case you resolution wrongly, i have to kill you. ” “By whose order? ” Jasmine demanded. “By the order of the sorceress Thaegan,” rasped the guy. on the sound of the identify his pores and skin looked as if it would quiver. “Once, i attempted to lie to her, to avoid wasting a chum from dying. Now it truly is my doom to protect this bridge until eventually fact and lies are one. ” He seemed from one to the opposite. “Who will meet my problem? ” “I will,” Jasmine acknowledged, shaking off Barda’s restraining hand and stepping ahead. The glance of worry had disappeared from her face.

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