By Terry Brooks
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Five hundred years have handed because the devastating demon-led battle tore aside the us and approximately exterminated humankind. those that escaped the carnage have been ended in sanctuary in an idyllic valley, its borders warded via robust magic opposed to the horrors past. however the cocoon of protecting magic surrounding the valley has now vanished. while Sider Ament, the single surviving descendant of the Knights of the be aware, detects unknown predators stalking the valley, he fears the worst. And while specialist Trackers locate in their personal gruesomely killed, there could be without doubt: The as soon as refuge has been made liable to no matter what nonetheless lurks within the open air desert. jointly, Ament, the 2 younger Trackers, and a bold Elf princess spearhead plans to shield their ancestral domestic. And within the thick of all of it, the final wielder of the black employees and its notable magic needs to discover a successor to hold at the struggle opposed to the cresting new wave of evil.
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Scales lined its physique in armored plates, and its again and tail have been ridged with spikes. while it swung its head towards him, Pan may see bony protrusions on its snout, a beard placing from its decrease jaw, and tooth the scale of his forearm sticking out from its maw. It was once black and slick with moisture, and its eyes had the feral gleam of a predator. each impulse screamed at Panterra to run. yet Tasha remained flattened opposed to the cliff face and was once furtively gesturing for the others to do an identical. All 5 have been subsidized up opposed to the rock, so nonetheless that they didn’t even appear to be respiring. The dragon used to be huffing, as though attempting to cough, the sound penetrating even the wind’s shrill howl. It unfold its large wings, they usually spanned the width of the go. It arched its neck, its jaws cut up vast, and an incredible, lengthy tongue licked out on the rain. Panterra couldn't glance clear of the beast. part of him stated he should still, that he didn’t are looking to see what was once going to occur subsequent. one other half stated that as long as he saved observing, he had an opportunity of staying alive. A dragon, he repeated again and again within the silence of his brain. there have been no dragons within the valley. Dragons didn’t exist in his international. The dragon screamed—there used to be no opposite direction to explain it, the sound excessive and shrill and bone chilling—causing Pan to press even tougher opposed to the impermeable stone. The monster’s shadow fell over him because it surged ahead, and in that speedy he knew he was once lifeless. yet then, a miracle. The dragon’s wings flapped two times, the turbulence they generated surprising and big, and the beast lifted away in the course of the hole within the cliffs, rose skyward like an excellent fowl of prey, and disappeared north clear of the valley. all of it occurred so fast that for lengthy moments later on, not anyone moved. Pan stored pondering it may well go back, that it was once just a trick to seize them out after they attempted to run. He saved considering there has been no method it can be long gone. not likely long gone. Then Phryne Amarantyne used to be subsequent to him, urgent shut, her blue eyes wild and excited. “Wasn’t that great? ” she breathed. “Wasn’t that the main appealing and negative factor you’ve ever obvious? ” It was once all of that, Pan suggestion, yet often it was once center preventing. “Yes,” he stated, dealing with to examine her with out anything forthcoming disbelief. “But I by no means are looking to see it back. ” “Oh, I do! ” she stated with a pant, and he or she truly laughed. Tasha was once calling to them, and so they moved quickly to workforce round him, casting nervous glances on the sliver of sky noticeable in the course of the hole within the peaks. Prue’s eyes have been huge and her face white as she stuck Pan’s eye and shook her head in an unmistakable sign. She sought after not anything extra to do with this company. “Everyone’s center nonetheless beating? ” Tasha requested, scanning their faces. while not anyone spoke, he persisted, “Well, at the least we all know now that the protecting barrier is actually down. That dragon—” “Was that actually a dragon? ” Tenerife lower in, as though now not relatively able to settle for that it was once. “When we all know that dragons don’t exist? ” “It used to be a dragon,” Tasha guaranteed him.