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Posted October 14, 2012
Posted October 14, 2012
The Secret of Castle Hill
Chapter Fourteen ~
I nearly screamed. The monster, which had first apeared to me as a lion. But it somehow wasn't a lion. It was huge, bigger then any lion I had ever seen. It had bushy golden-brown fur, and long claws. It had a long snout, a very short tail, and half a mane. The monster seemed to be half-grizzly, half-lion.
And riding the monster was a red-eyed, pale-faced creature.
I held my breath as the lion-bear let out a faint growl. The monster's rider screeched, and several other red-eyed humans appeared.
Frenn shifted beside me. He was shivering. I grabbed his hand, staring ahead.
Suddenly, there was a loud noise from nearby. The lion-bear's rider fell off with a shriek. An arrow had pierced it's throat. I looked around, wondering where the arrow had come from.
Then I realized that Logas was not beside me.
Another twang, and a second monster fell. The air was laced with shrieks.
I grabbed an arrow from my quiver, and fitted my bow. Narrowing my brown eyes, I let the arrow fly. It hit one if the creatures. With a shriek, it's red eyes dimmed and it fell to the ground.
I heard a loud roar, and the lion-bear turned and ran toward us. It's pale eyes glowed.
It had spotted us.
The beast charged toward us. With only seconds to spare, Frenn unsheathed his sword and plunged it into the bear's heart. Growling, the light faded from it's eyes.
I looked closer at the eyes. They seemed almost like... glass?!
I glanced up to the see the remaining enemies fleeing, their shrieks echoing off into the distance.
"Come on, before they come back!" Logas said, suddenly appearing beside us.
I leaped to my feet, and we set out again.
"Look!" I exclaimed, waving my arms.
The door stood only a few yards away, painted white with a welcoming look to it.
"We've passed!" I said, turning to Frenn.
He smiled, then took a step forward.
"Wait." said Logas.
I turned around.
He didn't answer, but slowly advanced towards the door.
Frenn and I followed.
Logas moved his hand toward the golden doornob, then paused. "What are you waiting for?" I asked.
Logas turned to the right, and ran his hand along the wall. He paused, then yanked on a piece of stone that jutted out of the wall. A doorway swung open.
I stared open-mouthed.
Logas stepped inside, and vanished.
I glanced at the white doot, then the shadowy entrance.
Sighing, I followed Logas.
I found myself in a small room, much like the one with the glowing blue orb.
There was no blue orb here. There was a green one.
It was jade green and floated in midair. I slowly advanced towards it.
An enscription on the ball read, "Find the key, break free."
"Oh great, what's that supposed to mean?" Frenn sighed, reading the golden writing.
Logas, meanwhile, took the orb and smashed it against the wall. There was a shattering of glass, and the ball broke.
Somehow, out of nowhere, another green orb appeared, floating in the middle of the room.
Logas walked back over to us, and held up a tiny golden key.
"Where'd you- ." I began, then stared at the shattered orb.
He walked across the room, and examined the stone wall.
Frenn and I dashed over. "There!" I said, pointing to a small hole in the stone.
I grabbed the key, and thrust it into the hole.
The was a click, then a snap, and another door swung open.
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Posted August 6, 2005
Stay away from this one
A friend of mine recommended this book to me, and I had high hopes prior to reading it. Unfortuantely, these hopes were dashed. This book proves to be a very tedious read and I feel that the authors were 'preaching' to me throughout the read. It's all very well to have a different point of view than the reader, by an author should not write in a manner that demeans individuals who do not share their view. It appears that Cokie Roberts does not understand the meaning of 'diversied viewpoints'. I wish that I could get my money back.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2000
Role Models for Mixed Faith Marriage!
My purpose in reading this book was to assist mixed faith marriages in our church. I gained a whole lot more. I observed communication, compromise, perseverance, respect for each other and each other other's beliefs and partners doing what was best for family despite the fact they they might have preferred to do differently. I gained insight into my own 38 year old marriage. We need more role models like Cokie and Steve Roberts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 14, 2000
The discussions of slave, pioneer and immigrant marriages were very interesting and I was pleased to see that the Robertses included their bibliography. There is much on 'blended families', and how being a stepparent can affect one's marriage, which I also found interesting. I must note, however, that the Robertses could not resist the urge to talk excessively about how perfect (ingenious, athletic, and musical etc.) their 2 children are, to the point it becomes almost offensive. As punishment, they lose a star.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 25, 2000
After hearing a interview with the authors I was very intrigued. I honestly was expecting a book that preaches the dos and don'ts of having a good marriage. I was surprised to find a funny, honest book about a couples low and high times in a marriage and much more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 24, 2000
A great book!
I found this book to be both informative and an inspiration. The personal stories that they share allowed me to see how and what two people sacrificed and compromised for the love of each other and their family. The other stories that fill the book such as John and Abigail Adams, pioneer marriages, slave marriages, immigrant marriages are just wonderful. I found the story about immigrant marriages to be the most interesting to me. They tell the most beautiful love stories and coincidences that just cannot be ignored. I would have missed out on so much had I not read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2000
Wonderful Book, Rewarding Read, Great Gift
I was a big fan of Cokie's last book, We Are Our Mother's Daughters, because I admired and enjoyed how she wove her experiences in with more historical examples of how women have lived and loved over the last century. I eagerly anticipated her and her husband's new book, From This Day Forward. I actually enjoyed this more than her first book - she and Steve give us the transcripts of many conversations they had over the months as they labored on this book and those talks are a delightful window into their marriage. The chapters alternate between their conversations about chunks of their lives together from when they first met and progressed from a college relationship to getting married to their times abroad and their struggles with careers, religion, and children. Unlike many authors, they do not gloss over the hard times but seem to give the reader an accurate picture of their marital, domestic, and career triumphs and struggles and the lessons they learned. The personal chapters alternate with historical examinations of marriages including famous ones like John and Abigail Adams to little-studied ones like commonlaw marriages among slaves in the last century. The chapter on the Adams marriage was a particular favorite since I am an American history buff who had no idea what a large role Abigail played in her husband's success nor had I any clue the kinds of turmoil that early American women suffered through since most books focus on the politics and military side of the revolutionary period. The interwoven narratives are crisp and relative to the Roberts' account of their marriage and they provide pleasant diversions from the chronological memoir of Steve and Cokie's marriage. A unique and enjoyable way of combining social history with personal memoir!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 14, 2000
When I bought the book, I was hoping to read an insightful story of how a mixed-marriage could work. Instead, all that I learned was that this marriage works because the both Cokie and Steven are high profile people whose lifestyle can not be compared to any average person. I must admit that this angered me. I feel that both Cokie and Steven come across as 'high-pedestal' people looking down on the rest of the world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 27, 2000
As a member of the modern generation who is wondering what Marriage is all about, I found this book to be inspiring. If we could all find this level of commitment in each other than the divorce rate wouldn't be at 60%.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.