Dance of the Stones

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Chantel, Adam, Holly and Owen are eager to begin the next stage of their adventure. "The Stones have stirred," Ava, Hawkwoman and Wise One, tell Owen, "The time is near for the Circle Dance." The stones are the ancient stone circle of Avebury in England. But the Dark Being approaches, and her servant, a wraith, blocks the children’s progress. When Ava is hurt, the children are thrown back on their own resources. They must discover the ritual that will release the circlet. Each child has a part to play in finding the circlet and holding back the Dark Being.

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Date de parution 01 janvier 2003
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EAN13 9781554694556
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BOOKTWO THESUMMER OFMAGICQUARTET
DANCE OF THE STONES
ANDREASPALDING
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS
Copyright © 2003 Brandywine Enterprises BC Ltd.
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.
National Library of Canada Cataloguing in Publication Spalding, Andrea.  Dance of the stones / Andrea Spalding. (The summer of magic quartet; bk. 2)
Electronic Monograph Issued also in print format. ISBN 9781551437927(pdf) -- ISBN 9781554694556(epub)
I. Title. II. Series: Spalding, Andrea. Summer of magic quartet; bk 2.
PS8587. P213D36 2003 jC813’.54 C2003-910057-X
PZ7. S7319Da 2003
First published in the United States, 2003
Library of Congress Control Number:2003100407
Summary:In Book Two ofThe Summer of Magic Quartet, the four children fromThe White Horse Talismanseek Ava’s circlet, buried within the ancient stone circle of Avebury.
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 (BPIDP), the Canada Council for the Arts, and the British Columbia Arts Council.
Cover design: Christine Toller Cover and interior illustrations: Martin Springett
In Canada: Orca Book Publishers PO Box 5626, Station B Victoria, BC Canada V8R 6S4
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For Kathy and Don Mills. Your quiet and constant appreciation and support of Canadian children’s literature has not gone unnoticed.
AS
Old English Circle Dance (danced by the author as a child)
Honor your partners. Circle to the left (16 steps). Circle to the right (16 steps). Circle left again (8 steps). Circle right again (8 steps). Men to the middle, clap, then back. Women to the middle, clap, then back. Swing your partners, leave women in the middle. Women circle left, while men circle right. Men circle left, while women circle right. Find your partner, everybody swing. Grand Promenade around the Circle.
Acknowledgements
Many people help in the creation of a book.
Sincere thanks to Kathy for taking us around Avebury and sharing modern archeological thinking with us; to Terry the Druid for sharing his love of the Stones; to Gavin and Janet for the car and hospitality; to Penny for comments; to Jock for bailing me out with the computer; to Maggie and the Orca pod for making it all happen; and, as always, to Dave for ongoing support and background research.
NOTE:Celtic spelling was used for two names in the story. “Myrddin” is pronounced “merthin” and “Hewll” is pronounced “hewl. “Traa dy liooar,” which is pronounced “trae de lure” and means “time enough, and “Lhiat myr hoilloo,” which is pronounced “lee-at mur hoylew” and means “to thee as thou deservest,” are phrases in Manx, the Gaelic language of the Isle of Man.
TABLE OFCONTENTS
CHAPTER 1 Honor Your Partners
CHAPTER 2 Forest Magic
CHAPTER 3 Circle to the Right
CHAPTER 4 Circle Magic
CHAPTER 5 The Final Stone
CHAPTER 6 Swing Your Partners
CHAPTER 7 The Naming Day
CHAPTER 8 The Night of Destruction
CHAPTER 9 The Golden King
CHAPTER 10 Everybody Swing
CHAPTER 11 The Dance of the Stones
Author’s Note
1. HONOR YOUR PARTNERS
Dawn broke and magic filled the air. Deep in the heart of England, strange things stirred. The first sunbeam darted through a stand of ancient forest and lit the trunk of a centuries-old oak. For one shining second the features of a face appeared in the bark. Green eyes flashed as the sunbeam passed and the features faded. Deeper in the forest, a wild boar yawned. The sunbeam glanced off wicked teeth and tusks. The mouth closed. The beam moved on and the boar melted once more into shadowland. The second sunbeam slid across the downs and kissed a conical green mound that swelled up, apart from the other hills. Only the lark that rose from its nest on the summit heard the greeting from the ancient king beneath. The lark wove the greeting into its song to welcome the sun. The third sunbeam shot its magical light into a valley. There towered a Stone Circle, great gray stones veiled in morning mist. The golden beam lit the dew-covered grass. The dew became a carpet of flashing diamonds. The dancing light pierced the mist veil and caught a night-prowling wraith, forever struggling to enter the Circle. The wraith fought the light, seeking shelter in the shadows between the stones. The light triumphed. Veils of mist swirled, and the figure dissolved. The tide of light flooded and washed each Sarsen Stone. The stones were ready. As gray became gold, the largest stone spun on its axis, then stood sentinel as before. The magic happened quickly, without a witness. That was to change. Four ordinary children were about to be called to the Circle.
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TheWise Ones watched the Earthdawn from their place among the stars. As the first stone stirred, Ava’s cry of happiness shivered the sky. “The stone has turned! My magic is ripening at last. It’s time to call the children.” Ava stretched her wings “Myrddin, Equus, join me. Send blessings down to Gaia. Old Magic stirs with each new dawn, but the Dark Magic also grows. Help give the human children strength to resist one while embracing the other.” “Light and Dark, Dark and Light,” rumbled Myrddin.“Children, may you learn that one will always bring the other on its coattails.” He spread his arms and shook out his cloak of hidden colors. A shower of stardust sparkled and fell on the blue planet below. “Light and Dark, Dark and Light,” murmured Equus. He shook his mane and stamped his hoof. A fiery star streaked the dawn-washed sky. “Children, may you seek strength from the light and be unafraid of the dark.” “Light and Dark, Dark and Light,” whispered Ava. She spread her magnificent wings and her hawk-like beauty shone unchecked, dimming the stars of the Milky Way. “Children, the time is near. The light calls as the darkness gathers. May its circle always protect you.”