The Eye of Zoltar (The Chronicles of Kazam)
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How can a teenage non-magician outdo the greatest sorcerer the world has ever known? But failure is unacceptable, so Jennifer must set off for the mysterious Cadir Idris in the deadly Cambrian Empire—a destination with a fatality index of fifty percent. With the odds against them, will Jennifer and her traveling companions ever return to the Kingdom of Snodd?
You appreciate that I have almost unlimited power at my disposal? ’ ‘I know that, sir, yes. ’ ‘Are we sure about this? ’ asked the Mighty Shandar, pointing to a clause in one of the notes he was looking at. ‘Yes, sir,’ replied D’argento. ‘They want the state of Hawaii moved to the middle of the Pacific. ’ ‘I thought it was fine between Wyoming and Arkansas. ’ ‘The venerable Lord Jack of Hawaii said the move is on account of the climate – and they want to retrofit the collective memory so everyone thinks it’s always been there.
I don’t want to hear this,’ I said. ‘You’ve got to, Jenny. How old? ’ I stared at him for a moment. ‘Fifty? ’ ‘I’m sixty-one. Wizidrically induced ageing is kinder to the skin than sun and wind and years. I’m a fraud, Jenny. I can’t do magic – at least, not without shortening my life. You know how old I really am? How long I’ve been on the planet, I mean? ’ ‘I don’t know,’ I said as a nasty thought struck me. ‘I’m fourteen, Jenny. I’m not a wizard, I’m a Burner. A one-shot throwaway, and like all Burners, I’m here for one reason only – to shine brightly for a fleeting moment to help others in their time of need.
Are you okay? ’ I asked. ‘No, I am not okay,’ he said. ‘Several large creatures, two small ones and a slimy thing tried to eat me in the night. ’ ‘That’s an uneventful night here in the Empty Quarter,’ I said. ‘Didn’t anyone explain the dangers before you came out here? ’ ‘No, they did not,’ said Ignatius in an aggrieved tone. ‘They said this experience would be like the most amazing and enjoyable dangerfest known to man. ’ ‘And …? ’ ‘They said it would be like it – not actually it. You all must be stark staring bonkers wanting to be out here.
G-SOT? ’ ‘The Grand Scheme of Things. Bigger than me, bigger than you, and all are to play a part. It might be something simple like opening a door, encouraging somebody to do something, or even, as in Curtis’ case, simply giving people a focus of someone to dislike. But sometimes it’s for good – like bringing a tyrant to their knees and leading an enslaved nation to freedom. ’ ‘Then my function in the Grand Scheme is still ahead of me? ’ I asked. ‘It is. And Perkins, too. ’ ‘He’s going to burn himself out battling the drones on our return, isn’t he?
2 per cent during the January sales. Now, what are you after? ’ I had to think carefully. If I just said we were going to Llangurig, I wouldn’t even need a guide. But if Quizzler was right and the Eye of Zoltar was with Sky Pirate Wolff, I’d need the best guide there was. I decided to opt for the most adventurous scenario. ‘Party of three to discover the legendary Leviathans’ Graveyard, please,’ I replied, ‘and when there to meet up with Sky Pirate Wolff – by way of Llangurig to visit a friend. ’ The woman looked more amused than shocked.