By Diane Duane
Younger Wizards e-book nine: It's now not scientists who locate the 1st indicators of existence on Mars. It's wizards.
Young wizards package Rodriguez and Nita Callahan turn into a part of an elite crew investigating the mysterious, long-sought "message in a bottle" that holds the 1st clues to the secrets and techniques of the long-lost population of Mars. yet no longer even wizardry is sufficient to take care of the unusual occasions that begin to spread whilst the "bottle" is uncorked and existence emerges once again to shake the pink Planet with its personal perilous and baffling model of magic.
The excellent news is that the Martians look pleasant. The undesirable information is that now they're unfastened to choose up the place they left off on a long-dormant plan that may swap the form of multiple world… they usually don't brain utilizing their well-intentioned rescuers to accomplish their objectives. Kit’s long-standing fascination with all issues Martian without notice enmeshes him in a bad, age-old clash -- turning him into either a potential key to its answer, and a device that during the inaccurate arms almost immediately threatens the total human race.
Only package has a shot at defusing the possibility. but if he vanishes by surprise from the Mars of the following and now, his fellow wizards are left doubtful of the place his precise loyalties lie. Nita’s choice to discover the reality – and gear – quickly sends her into conflict opposed to an implacable enemy who will not be conquerable other than through violating wizardry’s most simple tenets.
As the shadow of interplanetary conflict stretches ever extra darkly over either worlds, package and Nita needs to struggle to appreciate and grasp the unusual and historic synergy binding them to Mars and its final inhabitants… or the heritage that left Mars useless will repeat itself in the world.
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96-97 If you climb out safely, you may leave through the door. If you kill yourself, go to 14. 96 Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggg hhhhhhhhhhhhhthud! That was the sound you just made falling down a pit, Pip. The whole 40' x 20' chamber is one big pit. Deep too, to judge from the time it took you to hit bottom. Deduct half your LIFE POINTS right away and pick yourself up so you can consider the situation calmly. That's long enough for calm. Now you can panic. The situation is that unless you are carrying climbing spikes, rope and hammer, you will not get out of this pit.
You stare at it for a moment in disbelief before you start to spin. Faster and faster, so that the Gorillas and the island and the lake and just about everything else becomes a total blur and you feel you must be on the point of losing consciousness completely. Spin your way to 25. 37 There is something decidedly familiar with this set-up. A touch of the old deja vu as Monsieur Sir Lancelot du Lac was wont to say in his native France. The Crypt of the Fiend, eh? Surely this can only be the ubiquitous Poetic Fiend, famed throughout the length and breadth of Avalon as the author of the worst verse that ever fell like a pound of suet on a human ear!
It's a giant spider, of course. What else could it possibly be in a place like this. Only 13 LIFE POINTS, but the bite is poisonous so that if the Spider manages to hit you three times in a row without you hitting back, then you're lethally poisoned and the Spider's next meal. The Spider hits on 6 or better and has surprise automatically since this is its home territory. Curiously enough, it is susceptible to Bribery, as you may have noticed by the asterisks, but it will demand an awful lot of gold.
A Wizard of Mars (Young Wizards, Book 9) (International Edition) by Diane Duane