Warriors of the Black Shroud
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The night is here, but the dark is coming. . . .
Deep in the underworld lies the kingdom of Nebula. Although it is always everlasting night there, Nebula is never dark because all of its people, buildings, and creatures glow with an inner light source protected by the Lightkeepers. But true darkness—the kind that is malicious and blinding—lurks just beyond the kingdom’s gates.
There, the deadly Warriors of the Black Shroud are on the move, destroying and engulfing every outpost with their relentless evil and black despair. And this time, they have a weapon deadlier than anyone has ever encountered before.
Only a Chosen One, someone with the mark of the king, can help save Nebula from destruction. Astonishingly, that Chosen One is discovered in the Outerworld far above Nebula. But he is the unlikeliest of heroes, living in a dark of his own making. Can he accept who he is and lead the forces of the Light against the Warriors of the Black Shroud?
Peter Howe delivers a riveting, high-action fantasy about battling evil and discovering and believing in the power within.
he didn’t know what to think. This was the second time in just a few hours that someone had made a virtue out of his hated birthmark. He could understand why the citizens of Nebula thought it was great, but Frankie was just an ordinary girl. “No—I mean yes,” he finally mumbled. “I mean it’s not a tattoo. It’s a birthmark.” “Wow!” she said, peering more closely. “That’s amazing. Will it ever go away?” “I don’t think so,” he replied. “I wish it would, but I don’t think it will.” “Why would you
Chosen One depending on the charity of others for his rides.” He turned to Walker, took his hands, and looked him straight in the eyes with such sorrow that the boy feared he was about to cry. “I hope to return,” he said, “because, old as I am, I would like to live a little longer, but also because I would like to have the time to know you better. You are a fine young man, and I would like to watch you grow into the person you are destined to become.” Then he turned and strode out of the room,
answer him the vibrations came again, only stronger than before, and the air suddenly turned cold. They ran back into the house to find the children confused and frightened. Frankie grabbed Walker’s hand, and everyone instinctively huddled together. “It’s them!” a child cried. “They’re coming back! They’ve come back to get us!” “What’re we going to do?” asked Frankie. “Don’t worry,” Walker said, “I’ll think of something.” Chapter 21 The rumbling of the earth got louder, and the vibrations
likely they wouldn’t. “What’s plan B?” asked Frankie. “Your guess is as good as mine,” he admitted. “Uh-oh, that’s not good news,” she said. “Because I don’t have a clue what we should do.” They stared at each other, their fear clearly showing on their faces. Then a thought struck Walker that caused his expression to change. It was a memory that gradually cleared in his mind like a picture coming into focus. “Oh, Power of the Source, I command you to come to the aid of a Chosen One as is
It’s not a pet, you know.” “I would kind of feel uncomfortable doing that,” Walker told him. “We were all in this together, and I don’t want it to look like I’m trying to take all the credit myself.” “Well, that depends on whether there is credit to be had,” said Eddie. “I’m not sure that Lady Lumina’s going to be quite as overjoyed about what we did as Lord Jevon is. We disobeyed her orders, after all. And in my experience she’s not one to forgive and forget easily.” “He’s got a point,”