Elwood Pitch is only thirteen years old when he is carried away to the land of Winnitok, in the otherworld of Ehm. Desperate to find a way back home to his family, Elwood's one hope is Granashon, the land's immortal protector. But Granashon is missing, and her power that protects Winnitok is fading fast. When Elwood dreams of the Eye of Ogin, a legendary object with the power to see Granashon wherever she might be, he vows to find it. With his dog Slukee and two newfound companions, Drallah Wehr of Winnitok and her talking raven Booj, Elwood sets out on an epic quest.
Legend states that the Eye was lost in the Great Swamp of Migdowsh, a land of nightmare ruled by a horrible frog demon known as the Otguk. The Great Swamp is far to the west, and a vast wilderness lies between the companions and their goal. Many dangers threaten them along the way-hungry nahrwucks, cruel green yugs and their Graycloak masters, a despotic girl queen and the powerful witch who counsels her-but by their wits and courage, as well as an unseen hand that seems to guide and protect them, the companions reach the Great Swamp at last. And then their troubles really begin…
Will they find the Eye and Granashon? Will Elwood find a way home? And how will he live with the terrible truth the Great Swamp reveals to him? Patrick Doud brings memorable characters, poetic language, and a driving narrative to this timeless tale that recalls classic epic adventure stories.
From Chapter 9, "Running"
Slukee barked a sharp warning. A second group was overtaking the first, racing toward them from the northeast: five more yugs and a tall human, the latter outstripping the others with long strides. On his shoulders was a gray cloak that flowed out behind him as he ran, and in his hand was a bright sword. His pale features strained toward them, ferocious and hard, the eyes overshadowed both by a heavy brow and the skull of a big reptile he wore on his head.
Recognizing the man the yugs called Vank-mul by Ginnich's description, Elwood gasped.
"I see him!" cried Drallah. Her bow twanged. There was a shriek, and the yug at the head of the first group fell on his face. "These are near enough; shoot them first!"
Elwood drew and released, but the arrow went wild. Drallah shot another arrow, and another yug fell. Trying to hide behind each other from Drallah's deadly aim, the yugs jostled together as they ran, slowing their approach. Out of the corner of her eye Drallah saw that at least a dozen more yugs were answering the horn's summons, running through the trees from the east. Elwood let a second arrow fly, and a yug—though not the one he had been aiming for—stumbled and fell.
Excerpted from The Hunt for the Eye of Ogin by Patrick Doud. Copyright © 2010 by Patrick Doud. Excerpted by permission of North Atlantic Books, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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