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"Dragon's Tear: Denicalis Dragon Chronicles - Book Three" is the third book in MJ Allaire's new YA Fantasy Series!!
In the sequel to "The Prisoner", we find ourselves traveling with the boys from Uncava. Nicho and Micah, reunited in the Yarnie village, are instructed by Katielda to head east as they continue their search for the missing girls. Unbeknownst to them, they are also on their way to answering very important questions in an adventure of a lifetime. They soon find they have no choice but to follow the advice of fellow allies as they pursue another very special gem and other mysterious creatures.
In the beginning of their journey they speak to Boheall, an ancient and mysterious creature who first tells them a story, then instructs them to go to the Dryas Forest and search for another creature named Teresia. If they can find her, it is she who will guide them safely through the many dangers hiding in the forest. If all goes well, they will find themselves on the edge of a large body of water that is home to the Castle of Tears. When they get there, however, they find an ominously dark and dangerous lake where growling, unseen creatures lurk in the gloomy shadows.
The boys know it is imperative for them to find some way across this water as they search for the castle, for it is here where the mysterious blue amulet is said to be hidden, the one known in the world of Euqinom as ‘Dragon’s Tear’.
Will the boys succeed in finding this very important second amulet, the only one that has already fallen into an evil sorcerer’s hands? And if they are able to find it, will they be able to retrieve and return it to the dragons without becoming victims of their own incredible journey?
By the time you finish this, the third book in the Denicalis Dragon Chronicles series, you will be halfway through your own magical adventure!
The other books in this series are:
"Dragon's Blood: Denicalis Dragon Chronicles - Book One"
"The Prisoner: Denicalis Dragon Chronicles – Book Two"
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The dark shape behind the wall was not her friend, crouching in an attempt to hide from her… it was a large, leafless bush.
She stopped where she was and closed her eyes in frustration. She had been sure she was going to find Kaileen and Diam hiding there!
She opened her eyes and sighed, then looked around. There were a few other small bushes in the distance, but whatever place this was that she found herself in consisted mostly of dark, tall trees. Her friends, however, were nowhere around. They had completely disappeared.
Her roving eyes slowly brought her back to the bush behind the wall, where a sudden movement among the cluster of long, thin branches caught her attention. She strained her eyes in an attempt to see just what had moved, but stood too far away to tell. She waited, and sure enough in a few seconds, it moved again.
With nervous caution, she slowly began making her way towards the bush, her right hand gripping her sword tightly.
The bush measured about five feet wide at its widest point with branches jutting out in all directions, tangled amongst themselves. Each slow, nervous step took her closer to it until she was finally able to make out just what it was lying among the branches that had caught her eye.
She stopped, still a few feet away from it, as a knot began to form in the pit of her stomach.
There, strung craftily among the innermost branches of the leafless bush, were tiny, thin tendrils of white lines. They extended from this branch to that, left to right, up and down, and were connected to each other by one narrow circle after another. The outermost of these circles was large and round, but they became smaller and smaller ringlets as they wound inward and approached the center of the artist’s creation.
The creation that was built among the branches of the dead, leafless bush was exactly that which she’d first suspected, a giant spider web. As she stood staring at it with nervous silence, movement in one area of the web caught her attention. There, trapped forlornly within the sticky strings of gossamer, was a large insect.
For a moment Tonia stood frozen, unable to move. As her mind reacted to the web, her palms began to sweat and her hands shook slightly. Her eyes ignored the struggling creature in the web for a moment as she nervously inspected the branches of the bush, looking for the owner of the silky trap. She was only slightly relieved when she could see no sign of the creature who lived there, knowing from experience that it could jump out at her at any time from any number of unknown and unseen hiding places.
Her experiences from exploring the woods near her home had also shown her that all wild creatures, insects included, could be sneaky when they wanted to be, especially in regards to a potential meal. She had no intention of approaching the bush until she was absolutely certain it was safe for her to do so.
Warily, she turned her eyes toward the thick wall of tall trees in front of the dwarfed bush. If the web’s owner wasn’t in its home, surely it must be hiding expectantly in one of the nearby trees, just waiting for her to try to rescue the trapped insect. She was almost certain that the web’s creator must know the insect lay struggling within its creation and wouldn’t venture far…
But as her eyes passed slowly over the nearby wall of wood, she detected no movement or evidence of life.
Slowly her eyes returned to the still struggling green insect.
"Mmm, mmmmmmmmm!" it mumbled as it continued to exert itself within the glistening strands of web, becoming more entangled by the second.
Tonia stepped around the bush and away from the trees, slowly making her way toward the web. When she was less than a foot away from the edge of the bush, she stopped.
On first glance, the trapped bug appeared to be just some unfortunate insect, struggling to release itself from its entanglement. Now, however, she could see more than that.
The insect had somehow maneuvered itself so that it was lying on its back. Its wings were stuck in a fully opened position behind it as if it had been blown by a gust of wind into the trap, freezing it while in mid-flight. The few areas of the unfortunate insect’s body she could see were a pale green color, but other parts had been covered with thick, clusters of webbing. As she looked at it more closely, she could see that the lower abdomen area had been wrapped up in much the same way as the bat had been in the cave where they’d found the turtles, magical stones, and red amulet.
Her eyes slowly made their way up the insect’s body moving towards the head, but suddenly widened as she got her first close up look at the struggling creature’s face…
It was Diam.