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By Alan Dean Foster

Marooned in one other universe, a tender American musician leads a motley military in conflict opposed to an enemy that threatens to smash their global and ours Jon-Tom simply desired to move domestic. Trapped in an international the place animals communicate and magic is genuine, the yankee university pupil yearned for a standard dorm-room lifestyles. yet right here his track has magical power-even if he cannot regulate it-which are able to store the realm from the military of the Plated people, whose sinister queen plans on killing and consuming each warm-blooded mammal she will get her pincers on and taking on their lands. the good conflict is coming, and Jon-Tom, whose posse encompasses a wizarding turtle, a cowardly bat, and an otter with a grimy brain, needs to bring up a military to struggle it. to discover allies they need to make an most unlikely trip, throughout mountains and rivers not anyone has ever handed earlier than. Survival could be a miracle-but Jon-Tom is not any usual musician.

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The dray lizards munched contentedly on wealthy riverbank progress. The previous otter set aside his fishing pole and studied them. His brief whistle indicated he didn’t imagine a lot of both guy or turtle, unseen psychological abilities even though. “Sorcerers ye could be, however the passage in the course of the enamel when it comes to the river is little yet a legend. Ye can commute by way of legend purely in desires. that's all that’s more likely to be left of ye if ye persist during this folly. Sixty years I’ve lived at the banks of the Sloomaz-ayor-le-Weentli. ” He gestured fondly on the flowing water at the back of him. “Never have I heard inform of an individual idiot adequate to attempt and pass into the mountains when it comes to it. ” “Sounds convincin’ adequate for me, ’e does. ” Mudge leaned out of the wagon and spoke brightly. “That settles that: time to show approximately for ’ome. ” Jon-Tom seemed over his shoulder on the green-capped face. “That doesn't settle it. ” Mudge shrugged cheerfully. “Can’t biff a bloke for tryin’, mate. I ought t’ comprehend greater, I is familiar with it, yet somethin’ in me insists on tryin’ t’ struggle madness within the ranks. ” “Ya ought ta have extra religion in da grasp. ” Pog fluttered above the wagon and chided the otter. “Ya oughta think in him and his talents and nice skills. ” He drifted reduce above Mudge and whispered. “Frankly, all of us been applicants for da fertilizer pile on account that we begun on dis half-assed trek, but when da boss tinks we gots to head on, we don’t obtained a lot selection. Don’t make him mad, pal. ” yet Jon-Tom had overheard. He walked again to face subsequent to the wagon. “Clothahump understands what he’s doing. I’m certain if issues grew to become suicidal he’d take heed to cause. ” “Ya tink dat, does ya? ” Pog’s small sharp the teeth flashed as he hovered in entrance of Jon-Tom. One wing pointed towards the turtle, who used to be nonetheless speaking with the previous otter. “Da boss has saved Mudge from runnin’ off and abandonin’ dis journey wid t’reats. What makes ya tink he’d be extra well mannered the place you’re involved? ” “He owes me a debt,” acknowledged Jon-Tom. “If I insisted on final in the back of, I don’t imagine he’d try and coerce me. ” Pog laughed, whirled round in black circles. “Dat’s what you tink! Ya could be a spellsinger, Jon-Tom-mans, yet you’re as naive as a baby’s stomach! ’ He rose and skimmed off over the river, trying to find bugs and small flying lizards. “Is that your opinion too, Mudge? Do you think that Clothahump could retain me from leaving if that’s what i needed? ” “I wouldn’t ’ave ’alf a concept, mate. yet because you say you need to follow this insanity, there ain’t no element in arguin’ it, is there? ” He retreated again contained in the wagon, leaving Jon-Tom to show and stroll slowly backpedal to the riverbank. attempt as he might to shove the concept apart, it persevered to nag him. He regarded a bit otherwise at Clothahump. “There be just one means ye could get even partways through,” endured the outdated otter, “and if yer fortunate, out back alive. That’s to have a rattling strong boatman. person who understands tips to maneuver at the moment river. That’s the single approach ye’ll even get contained in the mountain. ” “Can you suggest such a person?

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