Sky Raiders (Five Kingdoms)
In a world that lies between reality and imagination, a “fanciful, action-packed adventure” awaits (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Come and claim it in this first book of the Five Kingdoms series, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series.
Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.
After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house, he dives in after them—and ends up in The Outskirts.
The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. It’s an in-between place. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.
And once you come to the Outskirts, it’s very hard to leave.
With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it’s up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home…before his existence is forgotten.
The scouts aren’t the only raiders who have accidents. The other jobs are only a little safer.” “Well, you’ve done fifteen more than me.” Cole stashed his clothes into his trunk. “Is Twitch your real name?” “Ruben.” “Why do they call you Twitch?” “Very funny.” “No, I’m serious.” He studied Cole as if measuring his sincerity. “I’m kind of jumpy. I guess I flinch a lot. That kind of thing. Some of them think I scout too slowly. If they don’t like it, they’re welcome to take my place.”
between Junction and Sambria. My parents didn’t like my shaping. They tried to get me to hide it. I didn’t. It was the only thing I was good at! One day, I got sold, marked, and chucked into a slave wagon. Thanks, Mom! Thanks, Dad! Don’t spend it all in one place!” Liam talked like he was joking, but Cole heard real bitterness behind the words. “So you came here.” “Not right away,” Liam said. “I had to escape first. And it took some effort to find Declan. Long, boring story.” “Was it hard to
kingdoms use ringers,” Mira said. “They’re officially called ringaroles. I guess it’s new to you. Ten coppers in a silver, five silvers in a gold, ten gold in a platinum. There are also copper bits, worth a quarter of a copper, and silver bits, worth half a silver. Those are smaller and square.” “No bits in here,” Twitch said, adding ringers to his own cord. “It’s against the law to shape ringers,” Mira said. “Some shapers are employed to check if ringers are authentic. My guess is Declan
as a personal insult. Mr. Dunford didn’t know who was outside in the autocoach. He didn’t want to risk crossing somebody important. Otherwise things might have gone the other way.” “The slave was way out of line,” Jace maintained. “He made some rude comments,” Mira said. “Have some empathy. The man probably hates his job. He wasn’t excited to wait on four spoiled kids on holiday.” “Don’t forget, I was a slave,” Jace said. “I know how it works. They don’t get to treat us like that. Ever. And it
world? He supposed they couldn’t blame him for not saving them if he got killed. That was a pretty ironclad excuse. Then again, if he did nothing, that wouldn’t rescue them either. They might never know it, but he was doing his best to help them. He was relieved Liam had come. His shaping might not be as strong here as at the Brink, but the guy could fly, and he was confident, and he certainly had useful skills. Hopefully, Liam would be able to lend Mira the kind of support she deserved.