The Quillan Games (Pendragon)
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Let the Games Begin....
Quillan is a territory on the verge of destruction. The people have lost control of their own future and must struggle simply to survive. The only chance they have of finding a better life is by playing the Quillan Games. Hosted by a strange pair of game masters, Veego and LaBerge, the games are a mix of sport and combat. They use the people of Quillan as pawns for their amusement as they force them to enter competitions that range from physical battles, to impossible obstacle courses, to computer-driven tests of agility. To triumph in the games is to live the life of a king. To lose is to die.
This is the dangerous and deadly situation Bobby Pendragon finds on Quillan. He quickly realizes that the only way to save this troubled territory is to beat Veego and LaBerge at their own games and dismantle their horrible fun house. But there is more at stake for Bobby. The prize for winning the Quillan Games may be discovering the truth of what it really means a Traveler.
about eight of them headed down the lines. Who knew how many more were waiting above? We were outnumbered. Worse. They had guns. My first instinct was to run. For all I knew, this was an assassination squad. The others had the same thought. Nobody wanted to stick around and fight these guys. “Scatter!” Magna commanded. “They can't get us all,” The five revivers scampered off in different directions. I looked at Nevva. Her eyes were wide and scared. “I'll find you,” she said, and took off. It
message. I hope school wasn't too rough. Such a tragedy about the Dimonds. I love you.” The screen went blank. Courtney didn't move. She knew that computer screen was not there when she left a few hours before. Even if it were, how was her mother able to leave a video message? From work! That was impossible. Stranger still, how did it know enough to play itself when she came into the house? Courtney wouldn't normally be home until after three. What was going on? Courtney felt her cat, Winston,
fight me, let alone maneuver on that surface if it started to tilt. Part of me was totally confident. Another part knew it couldn't be that easy. Challenger Green was sly. He could very well have some things planned that I wouldn't expect. I had to treat this event as if he were whole and I had no advantage. To do anything else would be suicide. I had to hope that since it had come to this, a tiebreaker to the death, that Nevva would do everything in her power to be there. Especially after what
news a journal would bring. “Mail's in,” Courtney said. She had made it to her room and poked her head inside the door. “Just like old times.” Mark picked up the yellow pages. “Looks like it's from Quillan,” he announced. “The circus clown territory,” Courtney added. “I have no idea what's up with that twisted place.” “I think we're about to find out,” Mark said. “Should we read it here? Now?” Courtney entered the room, closed the door behind her, limped over to Mark, and grabbed the roll of
multitude fanned out behind it as if this big fatty were the point of an arrow. This was no cute group of insects from some animated Pixar movie where the boss bug shouted out clever wisecracks. No, when this bad boy opened its mouth, it would be to rip into flesh. My flesh. I wheeled to run the other way, but froze when I saw that the rest of the sea of spiders was behind me. They had split up and circled me. Smart bugs. Good for them. Bad for me. I was trapped. The only way I could go was up.