Claw The Giant Ape (Beast Quest, Book 8)
Adam Blade, Lucy Courtenay
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New Beasts. Old Magic.
Everyone in Avantia knows the terrors of the jungle: creatures that pluck men from the ground and eat them whole; plants whose rich scents could overwhelm a person at twenty paces. Few dare to enter--and fewer still return.
But Tom has no choice. The next stage of his journey lies at the very heart of the jungle, where a terrible creature resides, evil as the wizard who created him.
Tom’s hand. Tom stroked the stallion’s dusty black coat as Silver lay panting at Elenna’s feet. Then he took off the chain mail and laid it gently across Storm’s back. Tiredness seeped back into his muscles. “Now I could sleep for a week,” he said. “But we still have more pieces of armor to find, and more Beasts to defeat. And Aduro …” His voice trailed away. Soberly, Elenna met his gaze. Was King Hugo’s wizard still alive? Was he holding out against Malvel’s evil magic? “We must leave this
Dark Jungle….” “I’ve heard the stories,” Tom said. “Hot and dangerous, with dark shadows, poisonous plants, and spiders the size of your head. I’ve heard that if the heat and the insects don’t kill you, the creatures will.” Elenna shuddered. “And that’s without Malvel’s Beast.” Tom studied the map more closely. Something was moving in the depths of the Dark Jungle. It glimmered, then disappeared again. “Look,” Tom said, showing Elenna the map. “Can you see? That tiny gold dot. Look closely.”
and grabbed hold of the hilt before the sword sank out of sight. His lungs were burning as he stabbed his sword into the riverbank with all his might and held on. The power of the current and Storm’s weight almost dragged Tom away. But he kept his grip on the sword, and the blade held fast in the ground. “Tom!” Elenna called, running to the edge of the river and holding out her hand. He kicked hard, and felt solid ground just in front of him. His feet slithered through the mud, and the water
the moon was almost full. His thoughts drifted to his father, Taladon, who had once undertaken a Beast Quest of his own. He wondered where he was now. Then he realized that, at this moment, Elenna, Storm, and Silver were the closest thing to a family he had on this Quest. He never wanted to risk losing any of them again. CHAPTER THREE INTO THE DARK JUNGLE THE NEXT MORNING DAWNED CLEAR AND STILL. To Tom’s relief, Storm seemed rested and calm. Tom and Elenna breakfasted on fresh fish that
galloped through the jungle after the wolf. The Beast had cut a path through the canopy that was easy to follow. Stumbling and slipping, they raced past trunks as thick as ten men. Storm darted between trees and beneath vines, taking sharp turns and following the wolf. Alert for signs of danger, Tom watched the trees and clutched his sword. It wasn’t long before the tangle of trees cleared a little. Silver bounded forward and Storm tossed his head, as Tom pressed his heels into the stallion’s