Rise and Fall (Spirit Animals, Book 6)
Deep in the desert there sits a beautiful oasis, ruled by a monarch unlike any other in Erdas. His name is Cabaro, the Great Lion, and he reigns over a kingdom of animals, jealously guarding his golden talisman. No human has ever set foot in the Great Beast’s territory. The journey to his oasis is impossible.
As a team, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan have achieved the impossible before. But now that team is broken—the friends scattered by a devastating betrayal.
The young heroes and their spirit animals have already sacrificed much in their quest for the talismans. But with the world crumbling all around them—and a ruthless enemy opposing their every move—their greatest sacrifices are yet to come.
juveniles that scampered to catch up to their parents. One tiny baboon ran up Tarik’s back, only to be rewarded with a swipe across the face from Lumeo’s paw. It squeaked in surprise, then scampered off into the night to catch up to its troop. “That,” Rollan said, panting, “was insane.” With a cry of agreement, Essix dropped the talisman, then landed on a nearby branch and began preening her baboon-ruffled feathers back into order. Conor handed the Coral Octopus back to Rollan, then secured the
no problem. Yours especially, Rollan. To find you, all I had to do was listen for someone howling in fear under a pile of monkeys. So who here is the liability?” At first Rollan’s face turned red, but then he broke out laughing. “Well played, Irtike.” Irtike continued. “You’ve been moving at night. I can understand why you would, since you don’t want to be detected by the Conquerors. But you’ve been very fortunate to have survived so far. The Conquerors have been doing more than destroying
only see the top of his mane as he tried to leap free. The force of his jumps only made the ground collapse more, though. With a yowl, Cabaro stumbled and fell deeper into the crumbling rock. The sinkhole stopped growing bigger, and for a moment its edges quivered. Then the sides began tumbling toward the middle. With a sliding roar, the sinkhole filled in — with Cabaro trapped in the center. Only his head was visible, the rest of the Great Beast immobilized under the pressing soil. Conor
the Golden Lion,” he said. “Let’s go.” For a moment Irtike was still lost to whatever inner place was the source of her power. Then she shook her head clear and came around. “I feel … so weak,” she said to Conor. “Are you okay?” Conor asked. Holding on to Conor for support, Irtike nodded and nestled Snake Eyes in her bag. She pointed to Cabaro, who was still motionless. “I’m too exhausted. I’m releasing my power over the earth,” she said. “Cabaro will be able to get himself free once he thinks
pointed at the boy’s chest. “Come over to us, Abeke, so we can deal with Shane.” Conor held out his hands to block Rollan in case he lunged. “I think there’s an easy way to resolve this. Shane, bring forth your spirit animal, and that will settle it.” Shane shook his head. “If you’re not going to trust me now, you never will. I thought Abeke was your friend. Why doesn’t her word matter to you?” Conor watched Abeke’s expression go from defiance to confusion. She turned to Shane and placed a