(If you’re reading the original edition, this is Chapter 8.)
Kara wins the race to Mount Hope, and finds nothing there except for a cave guarded by a mistwolf pup. Lyra quickly discovers what the pup is guarding:
a dozen half a dozen dead mistwolves.
Yeah, obviously the party came a little too late.
Eventually Adriane, Emily, and Ozzie catch up to Kara, and recap everything that happened in the past six chapters. I’m not gonna go over them again, because that’s what I spent the last two weeks doing. They also decide to let the young mistwolf — whose name is Dreamer, by the way — join the party. I mean, there’s no way they’re gonna leave the poor thing guarding a bunch of dead wolves.
Zach finally shows up, right when the party was wondering when the hell he was going to meet up with them. He’s all like, “Come over here, I got something to show you!” The party starts running towards him excitedly … but Adriane, who was smart enough to be Detecting Magic the entire time, realizes that things are not quite what they seem.
And then Zach reverts back into his Skultum form, and a horde of imps and
nightmare night stallion-mounted goblins appear out of nowhere and surround the party. Yep, the girls are pretty much screwed.
Dreamer joins the party! (Sadly, his only ability at the moment is Detect Magic.)
EDIT: Changes in the e-book edition
- Kara doesn’t remark that Dreamer looks too small to be a mistwolf, and Lyra doesn’t explain that Dreamer is just a pup.
Next time: Kara gets caught in a tiny net, and Adriane makes a massive bad-ass display.