Returner's Wealth (Wyrmeweald, Book 1)

By Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell

Seventeen-year-old Micah, enters the wyrmeweald packed with desire to come domestic having made his fortune. yet this can be a land the place wyrmes, magnificent dragon-like beasts, roam wild and reign ideally suited. In Wyrmeweald guy is either hunter and hunted - and Micah may perhaps by no means go back alive, not to mention a hero... He quickly unearths an opportunity to end up his worthy whilst he meets with Eli, a veteran tracker, and jointly they shield a unprecedented whitewyrme egg and its helpful hatchling. however the fledgling wyrme has its personal father or mother within the form of the gorgeous, courageous and hazardous Thrace. Thrace and Micah should not combine - however the magnetism among them is robust. jointly they subscribe to forces on a undertaking to rescue the hatchling - and search vengenace for misplaced loved-ones.

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His jaw was once blue-black with stubble, and his tapering nostril became up a bit of on the finish, which looked as if it would upload a younger, virtually boyish, glance to his differently rugged beneficial properties. Micah had visible instantaneously that he was once donning the lengthy overcoat of a professional wealdwalker, festooned with conscientiously maintained apparatus. His rucksack, casually slipped from his shoulder in readiness for the struggle, lay at his toes. It used to be as well-packed and tightly strapped as Eli’s. the fellow appeared up. ‘Quality workmanship,’ he commented, and held the boots out. ‘Put ’em again on, son, then we will be able to see for your assailant. ’ Micah took them and, leaning again opposed to the rock, pulled the boots onto his toes, one by one. He leaned down, tugged the bindings and knotted them securely. whilst he regarded up, the fellow used to be crouched down subsequent to Cleave’s physique, rifling via his wallet. He pulled the conventional hackdagger out first, through the copper and brass spyglass, then glanced again over his shoulder at Micah. ‘These yours? ’ ‘They are, sir,’ Micah answered, inspired regardless of himself at Cleave’s obtrusive skill to strip him of his valuables with such pace and precision. He took ownership of the proffered gadgets. He back the knife to his belt; he placed the chain over his head and allow the spyglass grasp at his entrance. ‘Anything else? ’ Micah patted his wallet. ‘My bollcotton tin,’ he stated. the fellow reached into Cleave’s pocket and rummaged approximately inside of. ‘Is this it? ’ he stated a second later, and lower back the tin to Micah. He winked. ‘What say we have a look at what else he’s received? ’ Micah nodded, picked up his hat and pulled it backtrack on his head, then watched dumbly because the guy upended the backpack and tipped out its contents. 3 extra spyglasses and part a dozen knives tumbled out, including a number of grubby undergarments, a few meagre provisions and, from the ground of the rucksack, rigorously wrapped and preserved, a frayed huskdry corn dolly of woven straw. With a surprising pang of disappointment, Micah well-known the straw determine as one made at harvest time at the plains, and exchanged by way of sweethearts underneath a golden harvest moon. This hard-faced brutal wyve collector mendacity lifeless within the dust, should have as soon as been a ploughhand, similar to him; younger, hopeful and in love … ‘Looks such as you weren’t the 1st individual he waylaid,’ the fellow stated, glancing around at Micah. He snorted. ‘But I reckon you’ll be the final … whatever you should use, son? ’ ‘I’ll take this,’ stated Micah, deciding on up the corn doll and wrapping it rigorously. the fellow frowned. ‘What’s that there? ’ He wasn’t taking a look at the corn doll, yet as a substitute at Micah’s chest, and Micah appeared right down to locate his leather-based jacket and calico blouse have been sliced open through Cleave’s knife. the guy climbed to his toes and advanced. His eyes narrowed as he regarded heavily on the nubbed pink scar at Micah’s chest. ‘That’s a amazing extraordinary wound for a contemporary departer,’ he saw quietly. ‘How did you return via it, son? ’ ‘Wyrmekin, i used to be told,’ Micah answered, ‘though I don’t take into account a lot approximately it.

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