By Emily Rodda
Lief, Barda, and Jasmine--three partners with not anything in universal yet their hatred of the enemy--are on a dangerous quest to recapture the seven misplaced gemstones of the magic Belt of Deltora. simply while the Belt is entire can the evil Shadow Lord be overthrown.
They have succeeded find the golden topaz and the nice ruby. the 2 gem stones' mysterious powers have bolstered them and given them braveness to maneuver on of their look for the 3rd stone. yet none of them can be aware of the horrors that anticipate them within the forbidden urban of the Rats.
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They declare it used to be performed out of lack of expertise. i feel they lie, and deserve dying. Others of the 9 think them, and imagine imprisonment will be their destiny. as a result, it will likely be left to the sacred Cup to make your mind up. ” Barda, Jasmine, and Lief stole glances at each other. What new insanity was once this? Reece took from the shelf above the hearth a shining silver goblet — as soon as used for consuming wine, might be. “The Cup finds the truth,” he droned. “Noradzeer. ” “Noradzeer,” murmured the staring at humans. subsequent, Reece confirmed small playing cards. every one card had one be aware published upon it. He grew to become to the prisoners. “One between you'll draw a card from the Cup,” he stated, his darkish eyes glowing. “Who should be that individual? ” The partners hesitated. Then Lief progressed. “I will,” he acknowledged reluctantly. Reece nodded. “Face the front,” he stated in short. Lief did as he was once advised. Reece became clear of him, and from his fellow Ra-Kacharz. He placed his gloved give up the Cup. Lief observed that Tira was once gazing Reece with shut consciousness. abruptly, her blue eyes widened with astonishment and horror. She glanced quick at Lief, and her lips moved soundlessly. Lief’s face started to burn as he made out the mouthed phrases. either playing cards say “Death. ” Tira should have noticeable Reece substitute the “Life” card with a moment “Death” card hidden in his sleeve or his glove. Reece was resolute that the strangers may die. The tall purple determine became again to him, the Cup held excessive. “Choose! ” Reece sneered. Lief didn't understand what to do. If he cried out that the Cup held merely “Death” playing cards, nobody may think him. every person could imagine that he was once easily afraid to stand the trial. nobody could take his note, or Tira’s, opposed to the observe of the 1st Ra-Kachar of Noradz. And Reece may well simply swap the playing cards round back if challenged. Lief slipped his palms less than his blouse and gripped the topaz fastened to the Belt. It had helped him locate solutions earlier than. may it support him now? the fireplace roared at the back of him, lights the tall determine in entrance of him with an eerie glow. The silver cup shone pink like reliable flame. Flame. fireplace … His middle thudding, Lief stretched up his hand, dipped his hands into the Cup, and selected a card. Then, like lightning, he whirled, looked as if it would stumble backwards, and dropped the cardboard into the roaring flames. It flared for a second, and used to be ate up. “I beg pardon for my clumsiness,” cried Lief, over the horrified gasps of the gang. “But you could simply inform which card I drew. easily examine the single ultimate within the Cup. ” Reece stood completely nonetheless, seething with baffled rage, as one of many different Ra-Kacharz took the Cup from his hand and plucked out the cardboard that also lay inside it. She held it up. “The card that continues to be is ‘Death,’” she droned. “The prisoner drew the ‘Life’ card. The Cup has spoken. ” Lief felt Barda’s hand grip his shoulder. susceptible on the knees, he grew to become to stand his neighbors. Their eyes have been relieved, yet choked with questions. They suspected that he had burned the cardboard on function, and questioned why. “Take them to the dungeons,” Reece thundered.