By Sophie Masson

at the island of Jayangan, previous ideals and magic exist aspect by way of part with new pop songs and bikes. . . .

Adi is a fisherman's son, proud to be learning with the best of conventional sword makers. Dewi is the daughter of a healer, taken with the area past her quiet village.

Neither Adi nor Dewi is ready for the surprising violence that transforms their lives. either are propelled into an epic conflict during which even the magical spirits of Jayangan are threatened and helpless.

Charged with a determined quest to discover the mysterious Snow, hearth, and Sword, Adi and Dewi comprehend purely that in the event that they fail, their loved native land will fall to an evil shrouded in impenetrable darkness. Can little ones of the fashionable international prevail the place the main strong and old spirits can't?

Set opposed to the backdrop of a mythic Indonesia, Sophie Masson's gripping delusion will depart readers breathless.

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Very well, Father,” she said, and was gone. “The Harimauroh confirmed what I already suspected,” Bapar Wiriyanto went on, when Ayu had gone. “The hantumu have been operating all over Jayangan, kidnapping and killing people, and not randomly. Their targets are those wise in the old ways, those who are respected for their links to the spirit world: kris makers and puppet masters and dancers, dukuns and priests, teachers and mystics and musicians. The victims have been from all the corners of Jayangan, and from all the different faiths.

Fate decreed it was you who should find Adi. Dewi, look after our guest. ” “Thank you, Bapar,” whispered Adi. “I cannot express how—” “Then do not,” said the dukun calmly. “Eat, drink, rest, my friend, and do not think of thanking me. I have heard a great deal of your master, Empu Wesiagi. I have heard that he is the greatest kris-smith since the days of the old kingdoms. That he should be in danger is a calamity for all Jayangan. ” He nodded, dismissing them, and they left the room quietly. Once outside, Dewi said, “Why did the hantumu just tie you up and leave you in the paddy?

The day was well advanced, and people in big hats bent over their work in rice fields; a team of water buffaloes patiently ✦ 39 ✦ pulled a plow. Cars and trucks and buses and motorbikes and bicycles filled the road like a great noisy river, and roadside stalls were doing a busy trade. The closer they got to Kotabunga, the busier it became, and soon, as they approached the city proper, horse-drawn carts and pedal-powered betchars, a kind of rickshaw, joined the throng. Anda Mangil, still humming under his breath, was kept busy dodging in and out of all this traffic.

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