By Tui T. Sutherland

The event maintains during this 5th booklet within the New York Times bestselling series.

The sunlight is shining within the Hundred Isles, and but the trail ahead turns out crowded with shadows. Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan have traveled the world over, looking a collection of strong talismans for you to maintain them from enemy palms. all through their trip the younger heroes were hounded by way of pursuers, who continually appear to understand simply the place to discover them. Now they comprehend why.

One of them is a traitor.

As they steer the crystal blue waters of this tropical paradise, the crew can't aid yet suspect one another. There's a undercover agent of their midst, and earlier than this venture is over, a dangerous catch will shut round them.

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Rollan! ” she shouted. “Meilin! wake up the following, hurry! ” “Working on it,” Rollan referred to as. “What’s flawed? ” got here Meilin’s voice. “We’re surrounded by means of Conquerors! ” Abeke referred to as again, her voice shaking. She pivoted, scanning the sea. It was once actual; there have been ships all over the island, each swarming with humans and animals. How? her brain screamed. How? How? How did they locate us back? Pebbles cascaded under her, and Rollan’s hand seemed. Abeke reached down and helped to pull him up beside her. “See? ” she acknowledged, pointing. Rollan bent over, gasping for breath, and passed the Granite Ram to Essix back. a number of moments later, Meilin scrambled up subsequent to them. Ignoring Abeke’s outstretched hand, she stood up and instantly started learning the ships, shading her eyes with one hand. “How did they locate us? ” Rollan requested. “How do they constantly locate us? ” “We already understand the reply to that,” Meilin mentioned. Her face was once grim, and he or she didn’t examine Abeke. “All correct, i do know my mom acknowledged there has been a mole,” Rollan acknowledged. “But this used to be so quickly! How may well any folks have despatched a message whilst we’ve all been jointly this entire time? On a stingray after which in Mulop’s grotto? And none people knew the place we have been going! ” “It’s no longer even possible,” Abeke stated numbly. “There needs to be another clarification, like anything us, maybe —” “Essix could have warned me if we have been being followed,” Rollan protested. “This is senseless. ” “There’s not anything we will do approximately it now,” Meilin retorted. “We need to get out of the following. ” “And we need to get Conor,” Abeke interjected. He has to be terrified, floating in the market within the sea with Conquerors’ ships throughout him. “Of course,” Meilin acknowledged. She all started down the rocky route to the seashore. Abeke and Rollan as quickly as they can, slipping and sliding at the unfastened rocks. there have been scrubby trees the following and there, clinging to the patches of airborne dirt and dust, and Abeke discovered herself catching directly to them every time her ft slipped out from less than her. the daylight by surprise appeared unbearably sizzling, just like the glare of 10000 Conquerors’ eyes gazing them. lower than her, Meilin unexpectedly stopped, a number of yards above the seashore. “Uh-oh,” she murmured. 3 boats have been simply touchdown at the sand less than them. As they watched, Conquerors all started leaping out into the water and hauling the boats up onto the land. Their break out direction was once thoroughly bring to an end. Worse than that, they can see the whole blue bay from the place they were — and there has been no Kingray in sight. “Did it simply depart us? ” Meilin hissed, staring down on the water. “It used to be most likely scared by means of the entire ships arriving,” Abeke acknowledged. “Or probably it doesn’t understand something approximately reliable and undesirable; possibly it figured now we’d have lots of boats to hold us off the island. ” “This is true,” Meilin acknowledged. “Plenty of boats to hold us instantly to Stetriol and into the palms of the Devourer. Aren’t we fortunate. ” Abeke noticed a head of blond hair one of the Con­querors relocating less than. a puff escaped her prior to she may well cease herself. Shane! Shane is the following! subsequent to him she observed Zerif, correct ahead of Zerif regarded up and noticed her.

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