The Heart of Glass (Tales from the Five Kingdoms, Book 3)

By Vivian French

The madcap, macabre, and maddeningly humorous stories from the 5 Kingdoms proceed — with an oddly heart-warming adventure.

It’s a superb day for dwarf gazing! a minimum of that’s what Gracie Gillypott and Prince Marcus innocently imagine as they set out, unaware that Princess Marigold has honed her attractions on Marcus and plans to persist with him to the ends of the earth — fan, frilly petticoats, and all. As for the dwarves, it’s no longer a good day in any respect: they’re overworked and underpaid, dashing to provide additional gold to make crowns for a royal marriage ceremony. the executive of Works has no selection yet to ship for a few trolls to house the matter, yet they've got their very own schedule: discovering a princess for his or her lonely king. Throw within the trustworthy Gubble, a slinking goblin, 4 chatty bats, and a center of glass that might supply its proprietor absolute energy and you've got a hilarious new event rife with unsuitable identities — and the ever-compelling look for the precise fit.

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Goodbye, miss,” he stated gruffly. “Just desired to say, you’re an exceptional significant other in an emergency. you may be a dwarf, you'll. ” Gracie flung her hands round him and gave him a hug. “I’ll omit you,” she acknowledged. “But probably we’ll meet back. I do wish so. ” Bestius, scarlet with emotion, nodded speechlessly. there has been a noisy bellow from the ground of the ravine, and he jumped. “Got to move. ” “Just a minute. ” Gracie pulled at her braid and tweaked out the silver thread. “Here — please take this. You’ve been so style, and it’ll remind you of me.

My regards to the crones,” he instructed them. “Tell that sister of mine I’ll be seeing her quickly. ” “Strange, that, kiddo,” Marlon remarked as he flew in a circle round Gracie and Marcus, heavily by means of Millie, Alf, and Flo. He waved a wing at Gracie. “Trueheart impact. Works like magic — other than on princesses. ” Gracie smiled, then publish her hand to hide a yawn. “Sorry,” she apologized. “I’m quite drained. ” “Arf. ” Gubble, who have been slumbering at the roadside, woke with a commence. “Arf. Cake? ” “Good pondering.

Hmm. I see. might I be ready to opt for what’s within the picnic? ” His grandmother took a deep breath. “Yes, Vincent. you'll visit the kitchens this very minute and order no matter what you love. Hurry up approximately it, even though — i would like you in your method once attainable. ” Her grandson absolutely danced his means out of the schoolroom, and Bluebell sank into an armchair. “Heavens to Betsy,” she stated as she fanned herself cool back. “What am I to do with the boy? ” Professor Scallio, part-time coach to Prince Vincent and his sister, Princess Loobly, appeared up from a heavy leather-bound background e-book and advised, “Find him a strong-minded princess.

Concept I’d take her on an event — yet I don’t be aware of the place but. Oh! hi, Marlon! Didn’t see you there! ” “Hi, kiddo. ” Marlon didn’t sound his traditional chirpy self, and Marcus swung round to examine him. “What’s up? You and the prof plotting whatever? ” The professor and the bat exchanged self-conscious glances, and Marcus brightened visibly. “You are! what's it? ” He checked out the pile of books at the table, and his eyes grew huge. “Dragons: An advent. the bigger Beasts of the 5 Kingdoms — with pencil illustrations.

I can’t listen something — Marigold’s bought a horribly piercing scream. ” “I don’t comprehend the place we're! ” Alf used to be squeaking as loud as he may possibly. “Shall i'm going and feature a look-see? ” one other boulder intended Marcus might merely nod in answer, and the little bat waved a wing and disappeared into darkness. He used to be again inside of a few minutes. “It’s a lifeless finish ahead,” he pronounced. “Nowhere to move. reliable rock! ” “We’d higher cling on tight, then,” Marcus warned. “He’ll need to flip round, and he doesn’t make any allowances for the trainer.

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