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Key to their success is the magic of the dragons' cauldron. But the cauldron is cracked, and to mend it they must reach the enchanted traveling mountain and engage the help of the fabled Snail Woman and the powerful Smith. Since the war against all dragons has escalated under the rule of the human king, Butcher, their journey is a dangerous one. The obstacles are endless, but so too are the questers' determination and resourcefulness. Just when they think that they are within reach of their final goal, they face the biggest challenge of all...
A dragon named Shimmer, a monkey wizard, a reformed witch, and two humans go on a quest to mend the magic cauldron needed to repair the dragon's home.
Moving quick and quiet ...
Slipping among the shadows of the tall trees ...
The Monkey Sage is loose within the woods ....
Tremble, you kings. Hide, you mighty dragons....
"What was that, Monkey?" Thom asked in a low voice.
It took me a moment to collect my thoughts from writing my little epic. "What was what?"
"It was a flash of blue." His eyes searched the forest around us.
I looked all around the trees but didn't see anything. People called it the Green Darkness, but they ought to have called it the Green Bore because it was green wherever you looked. Leafy vines and even shrubs grew on the trunks of the giant trees, so we were surrounded by monotonous green walls and even the light that managed to fall through the leaves high overhead was green and gloomy. And it was so hot and humid in the forest that I felt as if someone were dragging me through a tank of algae. Personally, give me a nice pine-covered mountain with plenty of waterfalls.
"I don't see anything," I said.
"It was right there." Thorn pointed.
Now Shimmer, being a dragon, was automatically sure that her eyes were better than a human's. "it was probably a bird, you fool ape," she insisted.
Thorn looked at Indigo's hair, which was still greased into blue spikes. "It looked like a human with a hairdo—a Kingfisher hairdo."
Indigo's robe had gotten snagged on a bush, and she stood there dumbfounded as if she didn't know what to do next. But then I reminded myself that she had been raised undersea in the dragon kingdoms, so even the experience of walking was something new and different. She gave a preoccupied mutter, "It was probably a bird.Maybe even a kingfisher. "
And that was when Civet-of all people-stuck up for Thorn. "I saw it. And it wasn't a bird, because it didn't look like a bird."
Before she had lost almost all her powers as a Witch, she had done terrible things to Shimmer's people; and even now, despite all her oaths to help us regain their sea, none of us were too sure. "You've got very good eyes," Shimmer said skeptically.
A breeze blew through the trees and the leaves rustled. Civet's head lifted suddenly; and for a moment, just for a moment, the sullen look left her face. "I was born in a forest much like this one. A kingfisher would have been nearer the water."
Indigo tugged her robe free and there was a tearing sound. "So maybe one of my people is out hunting for berries."
Civet nodded her head at the thorny bush in amusement. "Judging from that bush, it's the wrong season for berries."
Indigo's momentum made her take a step backward, almost onto a large beetle that clicked its wing case in warning. She backed up in distaste until she bumped into Shimmer. "This is my forest, not yours."
In contrast to Indigo, Civet was gazing around her as if she were in paradise. "What do you know? You were raised in a dragon palace under the sea."
"But my parents told me about this place," Indigo I countered angrily . She always seemed to have a chip on her shoulder.
"Of course they did,,, Shimmer soothed her.
Poor Thorn. I could see that he was doing his best not to feel jealous, but Indigo had become a kind of pet to Shimmer ever since the dragon had rescued her from the dragon palace kitchens-from the salad dish, for all I knew.
Civet put up a hand. "Quiet."
We were silent for a moment, but the nervous girl couldn't stay still for long.
"I don't hear anything," Indigo finally said.
Civet smiled in a superior way. ,Thaes just the point. A forest should be full of noise-birds, monkeys, bugs. Or didn't your parents tell you?"
As Indigo swelled herself up with some angry response, I cut in quickly. "Perhaps it was hunters," I suggested, "from Indigo's clan."
Civet scanned around her. "They're awful hunters then, because they're scaring away the game."
"My people are expert hunters," Indigo insisted.
Shimmer grunted. "Well, Civet's point is well taken. Someone unused to the woods is near. We should be more cautious. New disguises, everyone."
"I want to be a boy," Indigo said quickly.
"Done," Shimmer spread out her forepaws and paused theatrically. If she hadn't been a dragon, I think she should have gone onto the stage. With a touch to the power of the pearl hidden in her forehead and a muttered spell and a sign, Shimmer changed Indigo into a boy in a ragged robe.
Civet became one of the Kingfisher clan, Indigo's folk. And the next moment so was Thorn.
"And now for this." Shimmer set her cauldron down. She never let it out of her sight if she could help it. It could boil away the waters of an entire ocean. With it she hoped to gather the sea that Civet had once stolen and restore it to her old home.
The next moment there was an old gourd there. Indigo and Thorn lunged for it at the same time, but Indigo snatched it up first. "I'll carry it," she said, giving Thorn a shove. Thorn looked as if he wanted to protest; but when Shimmer shook her head at him, Thorn held his tongue.
I had the good sense to disguise myself as an elderly man in an ordinary green robe. But when Shimmer had transformed herself, I nodded to her gown of green silk with designs in gold thread. "Why bother with disguises? That robe of yours announces to the whole world that you're a princess."
Ever since she had returned to the dragon kingdoms after a long exile, Shimmer had become harder to deal with. . .
Posted April 18, 2007
Posted November 17, 2004
i give this book 5 stars b/c this story is one of the best stories i have every read and I read alot!your got dragons thats have to save the world from evil spirits and almost get killed from doing it!the evil came form the cracked cauldron witch was lost and a few dragons went to look for it. they were princess shimmer, the ophan boy thorn, the great sage of heaven, and indigo.what they really want to do is repear the dragon home land.there is a big war against all the dragon. it makes it kind of hard to make this quest hard. it was one danger quest. what makes it the best is that a monkey tells the tale of their quest. i recommend this to everyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 21, 2004
This book takes place mostly in the woods. There are some dragons, humans, and a monkey sage. They are looking for the cualdron to put shimmer who is a dragon prince back in power and to rebuild his old land back to its old self again. But what they did not know was that the cauldron was cracked, and it was a big crack. Big enought to let out an eveil spirt that was kept in their for a very long time. Now with this eveil spirt out and on the lose it was the biggest oject in their way. Their was a lot more oject in there was and one of them was that their was a war going on between the dragons and the humans. Shimmer is the main character. he is a dragon prince. He is not that nice at all but he not as mean as most people are. He reminds me of one of my best friends. Then their is a human named Thorn. Thorn saved Shimmer and then they became bestfriends. Thi=eir is this other one that travels with them. They called him Sage. The Sage is a monkey. He is the one who tells this story. He is the one who gides them in the right diration. He is cool becouse he has magic powers. The plot isnt that good some times when it jumps around form place to place to fast or to slow. your cant understand it that good when it gose to fast and when it gose to slow it gets very boring. the characters wereto go to be true becouse it was like a one him knock out almost every time. the auther's style was hard for me to understand some of the time. i would recommend this book to every one who likes dragons and monkeys.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 29, 2003
i think that it is amazing because they have to save the world from some evil spirit like form and almost get killed while doing it. what's also amazing is how he writes it in a way that you could not read 1 or 2 and still understand it completely. which is what happened to me. it's a really good book so enjoy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 14, 2000
This story is absolutely wonderful with it's fantastic continuation tale of the lost cauldron (known as Baldy's Cauldron to the dragons) and how the banished dragon princess Shimmer, the orphan boy Thorn, the cocky Great Sage Equal of Heaven, the recently discovered Indigo, and the turncoat witch Civet continue their quest to fix and then recover the Cauldron. And in the process lose the Cauldron and release a great evil. This tale is filled to the brim with wonder and imaginative forces that make the plot so realistic that the reader can almost take part in the book. I strongly recommend this book to all people above the young age of 7.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.