Vipero The Snake Man (Beast Quest, Book 10)
Adam Blade, Cherith Baldry
New Beasts. Old Magic.
Setting out on the next stage of the Quest is harder than ever-it means leaving home. Tom successfully defended his village, but an even more sinister Beast waits on the horizon: Vipero. Tom has no choice but to leave his family once again, bound for the desert and its untold dangers.
moment. “It’s telling us to go south,” she said. “That road will take us to the desert.” Tom urged Storm on, while Silver bounded eagerly ahead. “Traveling in the desert will be tough,” he said. “Worse than the jungle, even. The heat might finish us off before we get near the Beast.” “That’s true,” Elenna agreed. “Silver!” she called out to the wolf. “Come back here.” Silver raced back to her, his tongue lolling. “You’re tiring yourself out,” Elenna scolded him. “Just slow down. You need to
glittering on top of a sand dune. There was no sign of Malvel’s Beast, but Tom couldn’t suppress a shiver, thinking of it lurking behind a dune, ready to strike. What hideous shape would this new Beast take? “It’s a long way,” Elenna said. “The horseshoe fragment from Tagus will help.” Tom glanced down at his shield to see the magical token he had won when he released Tagus the Night Horse from Malvel’s evil spell. It gave them extra speed. With its help, they traveled quickly, and it wasn’t
Danger. Clearly, it was too soon in this Quest to use it. Tucking it away in his pocket, Tom set his teeth with determination. There was no choice; he and Elenna had to go on. He checked his sword and hooked his shield over his arm; it bore the magical tokens from the good Beasts of Avantia he had freed in his first Quest: Ferno the Fire Dragon, Sepron the Sea Serpent, Cypher the Mountain Giant, Tagus the Night Horse, Tartok the Ice Beast, and Epos the Winged Flame. He knew they would come to his
was Silver? Tom couldn’t see any sign of the wolf. He shook Elenna by the shoulder. “Silver’s missing!” he said. CHAPTER SIX THE TRACK OF THE BEAST A NEW DUNE HAD FORMED. TOM AND ELENNA clambered up the side of it, their feet sinking into the sand at every step. From the top, with the help of the golden helmet, Tom could see a long way across the desert. But in that entire vast expanse, there was not one sign of Silver. “Silver, where are you?” Elenna called out, panic in her voice.
them!” he begged her. Epos hovered above. A single crystal tear fell from her eye and dropped into Elenna’s mouth. Elenna stirred, licked her lips, and swallowed the herbs. Silver lowered his head and nudged Elenna’s shoulder gently. Her eyes fluttered open. She looked at Tom, and then at Epos. A smile spread over her face. “Tom, you won!” she exclaimed. Tom helped her to sit up, and Silver covered her face with licks. Elenna plunged her hands into the wolf’s thick fur and hugged him. Already