By Peter Lerangis

Thirteen-year-old Jack McKinley and his pals have already defeated the Colossus of Rhodes, visited historic Babylon, and outfoxed legions of undead all to get better 3 of the misplaced Loculi. but when they don’t unearth the final 4 Loculi quickly, the powers that made those victories attainable will crush the Select—and break the world.

Not purely do Jack and his neighbors need to conflict those seven historical wonders, yet in addition they need to deal with the Massa, who've taken over the Karai Institute and confident Marco to modify aspects. Outnumbered, underequipped, and becoming weary, Jack, Cass, and Aly soldier directly to locate the long-lost Statue of Zeus.

But as time is working out, our heroes needs to confront gods, relive previous battles, and face down their maximum enemy yet—their future. previous enemies turn into new buddies and surprising victories flip to yes defeats because the time nears for every thing to alter. The stakes develop impossibly excessive during this newest experience from grasp storyteller Peter Lerangis.

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Two times, and it was once challenging to stick upright, even kneeling. I crawled towards the Heptakiklos, my palms wrapping themselves round worms and fur. the sunshine from the rift was once spewing upward, as though the solar itself have been rising. “ALYYYYY! ” I screamed back. “Brother Jack, what are you doing? ” Marco. i may suppose his hand on my shoulder, pulling me upward. “She’s gone,” I acknowledged. “Dude, we need to shut the rift! ” he acknowledged. “Where’s the sword? ” He didn’t be aware of. He had no concept what had simply occurred. “Got it! ” That used to be Cass. Now i may see him racing by means of. He had the sword in his hand, a harassed, rodentlike creature placing onto the top. He and Marco, jointly, held the sword over the rift. With a sickening crrrack, it ripped open one other 8 or so inches. might be a foot. A greenish-black beast started to upward push from less than. It used to be whatever I’d by no means visible ahead of, its head a glob of moving shapes—eyes morphing into mouths morphing into gelatinous black swimming pools. I ran towards them. “Don’t do it! ” “Don’t do what? ” Marco stated. “Close the rift! ” I reached for the sword, yet Marco driven me away. He plunged the sword into the beast’s pulsating crown. Its cry used to be a actual factor, shaking the floor underneath us. As I scrambled to my toes, the swirling mists started to assemble. They have been altering path, sucking again into the opening as though through a huge vacuum purifier. the floor started to thrust upward, reversing its movement. The beast appeared to dissolve however the sword was once keeping quick. With a snap, the rock closed round the blade like a fist. “NO-O-O-O! ” I cried out. The track was once deafening back. The Heptakiklos was once not oozing gentle yet approximately blinding me with its brightness. Its pale, historic edges appeared brand-new. I grabbed the sword back, yet Marco took my wrist. “What has gotten into you, Jack? ” he pleaded. “Aly’s long past! ” I acknowledged. “He took her with him! ” Cass and Marco either went faded. Marco permit cross of my hand. I didn’t care if the rift opened. I didn’t care what sort of beast got here via. lets no longer depart her. As I gripped the sword, the floor juddered underneath us. My fingers slipped and my legs gave means. all of us hit the ground, Torquin touchdown with a dusty thump. “Earthquake? ” he mumbled. I felt palms grabbing my palms. The rebels had surrounded me. Nirvana’s face was once bone white. “Jack, you can’t open that rift again,” she acknowledged. “This isn't really an earthquake. ” “Then what's it? ” Marco acknowledged. A pine tree, dislodged from the pinnacle of the volcano, got here crashing down at the back of us. “It’s whatever a lot worse! ” Nirvana acknowledged. “Out of here—now—before the whole lot collapses! ” EPILOGUE once we acquired to the shore, mother was once there. She stood shoulder to shoulder with #1. Brother Dimitrios sat by means of the sting of the jungle with his cronies, attended to by means of Massa medical examiners. whilst mother observed me, she got here working. “We misplaced Aly . . . ” I acknowledged. i believe she already knew. I felt her arm round my shoulder, yet i used to be numb. one thousand various eventualities raced via my mind. i'll have pulled Aly clear of Uhla’ar. i'll have used the Loculus of energy.

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