"Whisper Mountain is the lair of the beast," say the frightened mountain elves. "Beware the Shadow Demon, for it will hunt you down and eat you alive."
Hal and his friends weren't looking for another adventure, but this was a mission they couldn't ignore.
Whisper Mountain gets its name from the frequent cries of ghosts echoing down its slopes, the souls of victims who have run afoul of the demon. Who in their right mind would venture into the deserted elfin temple? But, according to a crazy old soothsayer, the mountain is the "key to everything".
Miss Simone agrees that the mountain is worth investigating but has more immediate problems to deal with: a squad of soldiers from Hal's old world has been spotted coming through the "hole" in the labyrinth. Will this lead to a friendly integration of virus survivors or an industrialized, technologically advanced human invasion that threatens the land forever?
The shapeshifters set off to the mountain, hoping all this talk of demons and ghosts is just superstitious nonsense. What they find there surprises everybody....
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Another Great Adventure with Hal & Friends
Yes, I love the audio edition because Fred Wolinsky does such a great job of narrating these tales. This story presented interesting challenges to him because of some of the unusual voices and languages he had to perfect.
I enjoyed how this story led the shapeshifter children to meet and interact with their "monster" non-human side.
My favorite is still Miss Simone! Wolinsky's voice sounds both smooth and sleek with just the right amount of non-human qualities.
It would have to be Miss Simone. I would love to hear her tales about her life in the early days before the shapshifter program began.
I recommend this book to teens and adults who enjoy an entertaining story.
- Nancy Finelli