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Behind the Sorcerer's Cloak

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The four volumes of Andrea Spalding's Summer of Magic Quartet are among her most exciting work. The White Horse Talisman was nominated for the Silver Birch, Hackmatack and Manitoba Readers' Choice Awards. Dance of the Stones was also a Silver Birch nominee. Heart of the Hill left one of her four characters in grave danger. Now, as the Dark Being discovers our planet and takes one of the children hostage, the others must restore the balance between light and dark, but at what cost?
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Book Four The Summer of Magic Quartet Behind the Sorcerer’s Cloak
Andrea Spalding
Book Four The Summer of Magic Quartet
Behind the Sorcerer’s Cloak
AN D R E A SP A L D I N G
OR C ABO O KPU B L I S H E R S
Text copyright © 2006 Brandywine EnterprisesB CLtd.
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Spalding, Andrea
Behind the sorcerer’s cloak / Andrea Spalding. (The summer of magic quartet ; bk. 4)
ISBN 1-55143-627-2
I. Title. II. Series: Spalding, Andrea. Summer of magic quartet; bk. 4.
PS8587.P213B43 2006 jC813’.54 C2006-903256-4
First published in the United States, 2006Library of Congress Control Number: 2006928467
Summary:In Book Four ofThe Summer of Magic Quartet, the Dark Being is poised to conquer Earth and after that, the Universe. Only the four Magic Children can restore the balance between Light and Dark.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.
Orca Book Publishers Orca Book Publishers poBox5626,Stationb poBox468 Victoria,bcCanada Custer,wausav8r 6s4 98240-0468 Cover and interior images by Martin Springett Typeset and design by Christine Toller
www.orcabook.com Printed and bound in Canada
09 08 07 06 • 5 4 3 2 1
For Graham and Nina, whose friendship has spanned my lifetime.
Thank you for sharing the mystical places of Mann.
Andrea Spalding
A talisman to hone the mind, A circlet old to hold and bind, A staff to smite with hidden might, Beads to link and hold the light.
Note:In the text I use the following as a spell:Manannan Beg Mac y Leir Mie goll magh as ny share goll stiagh. This line translates as “Manannan Beg Mac y Leir, give safe journey out and a better journey home.” These words are the first two lines of the traditional Manx Fisherman’s prayer asking Manannan for a safe sea journey. The transla-tion by Fenella Bazin is found in her bookRee ny Marrey: Songs of the Isle of Manand used with permission.
table of contents
chapter one chapter two chapter three chapter four chapter five chapter six chapter seven chapter eight chapter nine chapter ten
A Stirring in the Mists of Time1 Stirrings of Earth Magic25 A Broken Thread44 Island Magic59 A Circling of Shades82 Magical Secrets 98 Friends and Enemies114 The Pagan Lady146 A Maze of Mindspeak171 Light and Dark192 Epilogue218 Glossary222 Author’s Note224 Acknowledgments227
chapter one
A Stirring in the Mists of Time
Sinister disturbances roused the sorcerer Manannan from sleep. He tilted his head to listen. Ripples of sound echoed through the Mists of Time. He must heed them. Manannan shook off sleep and stumbled to the summit of his mountain home, South Barrule. Night mist billowed around him, cloaking, blanketing. It concealed the view. Mist was his to command. He was its Keeper. In return the mist was his cloak of safety, the means by which he hid his island kingdom from unfriendly eyes. Manannan spread wide his arms and slowly raised them. The mist obeyed his command. It swirled and lifted, though tendrils teased him by covering his eyes. Manannan chuckled and brushed them away. “I am the Sorcerer Manannan. I am found in the mist and the
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rain, and you must answer to me.” The threads dissolved and the Island of Mann spread below, washed in the clear starlight of pre-dawn. It was a small kingdom for such a powerful mage. From his heather-clad mountain, almost the entire island could be seen. But size was of no account. Here worlds met. Magic and humans lived side by side. Manannan’s kingdom was the center of Earth Magic: the place chosen by the Sleeper. Manannan’s eyes raked the scene. Everything slept. Manannan turned his attention to the magical heart of his kingdom, the castle on tiny Pheric’s Isle lying off his western shore. Starlight threw the ruined castle walls into sharp relief. They surrounded the tiny isle like a curtain, protecting the tall Round Tower rising in the center. Nothing stirred. Manannan probed deep into the heart of the Round Tower. There, layer upon layer of magic webbed around secrets forgotten by humans. He relaxed. The webs of magic on Pheric’s Isle remained intact. Both Tower and Sleeper slept undisturbed. Manannan bowed to the universe in a gesture of thanks. Whatever the disturbance in the Mists of Time, all seemed well on Mann. He was mistaken. The ripples had roused the Moddy Dhoo. The feared Black Dog lay awake beneath the castle gatehouse. Its red eyes pierced the darkness. The Moddy
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