Journey to the Volcano Palace (The Secrets of Droon, Book 2)
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Eric, Julie and Neal have a problem. The nasty Lord Sparr has stolen a magic jewel from their friend Princess Keeah. The Princess really needs their help. The good news is the jewel is in Lord Sparr's secret palace. The bad news is the secret palace is in a volcano!
“Wow!” Neal said. “This is my first desert.” The moonbeams made the dunes glitter with golden light. “This is awesome,” Julie said. “Droon is beautiful at night.” Eric breathed in the cool air. “Let’s climb over that dune,” he said, pointing to one of the high, curving hills of sand. “For a look.” They stepped down from the bottom step. The sand was warm. They climbed to the top of the dune and peered over. Not far away was a striped tent. Shaggy, six-legged beasts stood outside. The kids
tent. A large flap hung down over an opening. “Let’s peek in,” Julie whispered. Suddenly, a voice spoke from inside the tent. “Come in!” Julie held her breath and pulled up the flap. The three friends looked inside. Their friend Princess Keeah was sitting on a rug spread out over the sand. She was dressed in a light blue tunic. In her long blonde hair she wore a golden crown. Next to her sat the old wizard, Galen Longbeard, and his assistant, Max. Lining the inside of the tent were piles
“We’d be dumb to do that.” “And because he doesn’t expect it,” Keeah added, “that’s exactly what we’ll do!” The three kids were silent. Eric blinked. “Dangerous and deadly?” Khan nodded. “And the Lumpies shall lead you right to it!” “We must find the Eye before Sparr uses it again,” Galen said. “Droon itself is at stake.” “Are you in?” Keeah asked. Eric looked at Julie, then at Neal. He knew they were just as afraid as he was. “I guess we’re in,” Julie said. “Get the maps,” Neal said.
expected.” Galen nodded to himself and smiled as he looked around at the smoky brown air. “Yes, this is good. Very good!” Neal coughed. “Excuse me, sir, but what’s so good? This place is so smelly I can hardly breathe!” “There are no Ninns at the gate,” the wizard replied. “That means that Lord Sparr does not yet know we are here. But we must hurry.” They climbed back on the pilkas and rode ahead. Before long the small band found itself standing on a steep ridge. A sudden wind swept across
through the dark entrance and found themselves in a vast cavern. The red glow from a lava pool lit the high walls around them. “Phew! It smells burned in here,” Neal whispered, creeping up behind Eric and Keeah. “Sort of like that brick oven pizza place back home.” “Without the good pizza smell,” Eric added. “Sparr is good at burning things,” Khan said. “I hope to repay him for attacking my village.” Julie shivered. “You know, most people don’t go inside a volcano. I hope we can get out.”