“Hold tight, Elenna!” Tom cried, digging his heels into Storm’s side; the black stallion thundered along the road. But however hard they tried, they couldn’t catch the chestnut horse galloping ahead of them.
“You win, Father!” Tom gasped, as the two horses flashed one after the other past a single pine tree standing at a bend in the road.
He slowed Storm to a walk and glanced over his shoulder to see Elenna flushed with excitement. “They don’t call your father Taladon the Swift for nothing!” she exclaimed with a broad grin.
“You ride well, Tom.” Taladon’s eyes shone with approval.
Tom’s father had been missing for many years, imprisoned in the dungeons of the evil sorcerer, Malvel. He had finally escaped when Tom weakened Malvel’s magic by defeating him three times. But Taladon had been doomed to exist only as a ghost until Tom recovered the six pieces of the Amulet of Avantia. And in the struggle for the final piece, Tom had wounded Malvel, banishing him from the kingdom.
Tom’s heart swelled with happiness as he urged Storm to a trot again, and gazed at the white road winding ahead. He could hardly believe that his father was riding with him now, fit and strong again, his face glowing with life… ---When Tom first set off on his Beast Quest, he was determined to find his father, who had been missing his whole life. Once he found him, the two would go on many Quests together, but some of Tom’s most cherished memories were of the times he had fun with his father, without the dread and fear that a Quest was lurking. Tom is always thankful he never gave up hope on Taladon coming back into his life. Happy Father’s Day to all the supportive dads out there who, like Taladon, are teaching their children how to be heroes. ⚔️ #beastquest #fathersday #beastquestbooks #bookstagram #youngreaders