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THE FINAL STORM

Copyright © 2006 Wayne Thomas Batson

Third in a series of three novels.

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ISBN-10: 1-4003-0783-X (hardback)

ISBN-13: 978-1-4003-0783-8

Printed in the United States of America

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To the one true King, the battle rages on,

but victory will be yours.

CONTENTS

PRINCIPAL CAST

PRINCIPAL SETTINGS

MAPS

CHAPTER 1 INTO THE STORM

CHAPTER 2 CHAINS OF THE ENEMY

CHAPTER 3 THE STONES OF OMEN

CHAPTER 4 CALL TO ARMS

CHAPTER 5 CLOSE CALLS

CHAPTER 6 THE SKILL OF THRIVENBARD

CHAPTER 7 PRINCIPLES OF POWER

CHAPTER 8 THE DEPARTURE OF SIR AELIC

CHAPTER 9 THE FIRST MOVE

CHAPTER 10 LEGEND OF THE THREE

CHAPTER 11 A VISITOR FROM THE THREAD

CHAPTER 12 THE KEEPER OF POWER

CHAPTER 13 WHEN LIGHT AND DARK COLLIDE

CHAPTER 14 KALIAM’S CHARGE

CHAPTER 15 THE BATTLE OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

CHAPTER 16 TO SEEK WHAT IS LOST

CHAPTER 17 IN KING BROWER’S PALACE

CHAPTER 18 BEYOND THE GATE OF DESPAIR

CHAPTER 19 TWISTED PATHS

CHAPTER 20 MEMENTO

CHAPTER 21 A FATHER TO THE FATHERLESS

CHAPTER 22 THE DOOR WITHIN

CHAPTER 23 KINDRED SPIRITS

CHAPTER 24 TESTED AND PROVED

CHAPTER 25 PENNATH ADOR

CHAPTER 26 THE GOOD CONFESSION

CHAPTER 27 THE BLACK BREATH

CHAPTER 28 A SUPERIOR FOE?

CHAPTER 29 KING’S FOREST

CHAPTER 30 THE HIDDEN VILLAGE

CHAPTER 31 THE SCROLL OF PROPHECY

CHAPTER 32 A GREATER MISSION

CHAPTER 33 DRANG’S GAME

CHAPTER 34 A TIME FOR ALL THINGS

CHAPTER 35 AN OLD FRIEND WELL-MET

CHAPTER 36 THE COMING OF DARKNESS

CHAPTER 37 ENEMY WITHIN THE WALLS

CHAPTER 38 FALON’S WRATH

CHAPTER 39 THE FINAL STORM UNLEASHED

CHAPTER 40 THE THREE WITNESSES

CHAPTER 41 BATTLE AT THE SEVEN FOUNTAINS

CHAPTER 42 SHADOW’S BANE

CHAPTER 43 THE OFFER

CHAPTER 44 THE KING’S ARMY

CHAPTER 45 ALL THINGS NEW

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

PRINCIPAL CAST

AIDAN (AY-DEN) THOMAS

When Aidan’s parents move the family to Colorado to take care of his wheelchair-bound grandfather (Grampin), the teenager discovers the Scrolls, which start him on an adventure of a lifetime.

ANTOINETTE (AN-TWA-NET) LYNN REED

A believer in King Eliam and friend of Aidan’s in the Mirror Realm.

BALDERGRIM

A warrior from Yewland.

BOLDOAK

A warrior from Yewland.

FALON

The elder of all mortiwraiths, who are enormous, venomous underground serpentine creatures.

FARIX (FAIR-IX)

Glimpse warrior, who does not wear armor.

HALBERAD

Apprentice tracker to Sir Thrivenbard.

KALIAM (KAL-EE-UM)

Glimpse warrior, who is also known as Pathfinder, and is the fourth Sentinel of Alleble.

KING BROWER

Blustery King of the Blue Mountain Provinces.

KING ELIAM (EE-LEE-UM)

The noble and wise monarch of Alleble, who invited Aidan to his Kingdom.

KING RAVELLE

ruler of mithegard.

LADY MEREWEN

Once a follower of Paragor, a capable silver-haired swordmaiden in the service of Alleble.

LORD RUCIFEL (ROO-SI-FELL)

Paragor’s Lieutenant, who wields two swords.

MALLIK (MAL-ICK)

Glimpse warrior, who wields a massive warhammer.

NAYSMITHE

Second Sentinel of Alleble; master swordsmith.

NOCK

A highly skilled Glimpse archer and warrior from Yewland. Twin of Bolt, who died in The Door Within #1.

PARAGOR (PAIR-AH-GORE)

The first Sentinel of Alleble, who now rules over Paragory. He intends to defeat Alleble, and make himself king of The Realm.

ROBBY PIERSON (PEER-SON)

Aidan’s best friend in Maryland.

THE SEVEN SLEEPERS

Seven powerful ancient enemies of King Eliam, buried in the Blackwood forest.

SIR OSWYN

Herb-meister, skilled with potions, cures, salves, and unusual battle-potions.

SIR ROGAN

Tall blond warrior from Mithegard. He carries a broad-bladed battleaxe.

THRIVENBARD

Alleble’s finest woodsman and tracker.

TRENNA SWIFTFOOT

Yewland Glimpse held in bondage by criminals in Baen-Edge until rescued by Antoinette.

WARRIANT

First vanguard and ruler of forest village of Balesparr.

THE WYRM LORD

The firstborn dragon in all The Realm, the lord of all wyrms.

ZABEDIEL

The scribe for King Eliam when this world was new. Sometimes called Zabed.

PRINCIPAL SETTINGS

ALLEBLE (AL-EH-BULL)

The first Kingdom of The Realm. After The Schism, Alleble remained the center of The Realm.

BALESPARR

A hidden village, nestled at the roots of the great trees in King’s Forest.

THE BLUE MOUNTAIN PROVINCES

Mountainous region inhabited by the stoneworking Glimpses of Mallik’s kin.

CANDLEFORGE, FROSTLAND, INFERNESS

Cities across the Cauldron Sea in the far west of The Realm, and Paragory’s three secret allies.

THE GATE OF DESPAIR

A huge pair of black iron doors built into the side of the Dead Mountains. The entrance to Paragor’s castle.

THE GRIMWALK

A sprawling wasteland at the foot of the Dead Mountains.

PARAGORY (PAIR-AH-GOR-EE)

A kingdom built by Paragor and his army.

THE SACRED REALM BEYOND THE SUN

The eternal dwelling place of all servants of King Eliam.

A
dventures are

funny things.

Many are merely happy

accidents—

a single spark that ignites

an unexpected chain of events.

But some adventures are meant

for you and you alone.

And whether you want them or not,

they seek you out of a great crowd and

take you somewhere

you never thought you’d go.

Often, these unlooked-for adventures

require a sacrifice too great

to imagine.

1

INTO THE STORM

A
idan searched for Gwenne’s image in the thunderclouds. But the aircraft banked hard to the right and threw him back into the seat.
No, not into the storm!
Aidan thought urgently. He grabbed the armrest and tried to pull himself back up to the window.

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