“I do not know how to read from the Book of Words.” announced Anuk. The crowd went silent. Anuk looked over at Noga. “Noga will read from the Book of Words.” The crowd did not remain silent. The crowd hummed and whispered louder and louder. Anuk raised her hand. “Please, this is a great honour. I can understand your surprise. I was equally surprise. My friend here.” she pointed at Noga and smiled, “has received a grand education from Rose and Shire, who not only know how to read and write poetry, but they read and write prose as well. So you can imagine my surprise!” she smiled. “After this celebration I will begin my lessons on how to read and write prose from Noga. We will also have classes for everyone as well. Until I’ve mastered this skill, Noga will do us the honours.”
Noga lowered Anuk back down onto the pillar.
“Aye, I’m jumping out of my skin with excitement.” said Anuk. “I will finally learn to read from the Book of Words. I will be able to look at and comprehend the meaning of these written words by mentally interpreting the characters and symbols of which it is composed by someone other than a Poet.”
“Yes, that is exciting.” said Aye quietly.
“Aye, smile won’t you? I feel energized by this, as though a bolt of lightening fed me all of its energy!”
“Change Maker, remember Anuk the part you are to play in this world.”
“I know. I have had this feeling as if something is coming. I cannot quite explain it. But the Book of Words…”
Noga took a step forward. His big Dragon fingers opened the Book of Words to the first leaf. “This is my first time holding the Book of Words in my hands.” announced Noga. “I would like to share what I see on the leaf. As Anuk mentioned, the page is silver in colour, the words are black and written in calligraphy. Also, at the bottom right corner of each silver leaf is an illustration of a Gold Elephant Being.” he turned the inside of the Book of Words for everyone to see. You could have heard a tree leaf fall. The silence cracked through the air.
Anuk suspected the Book of Words had something to do with the Elephant Beings, but that is all she suspected. During her crossing to Roese Island, she encountered the spirits of the Elephant Beings now extinct from the Orb. She wondered why they would appear in the Book of Words.
Opened to the first page, Noga placed the Book of Words in the palm of his hand. His eyes rested on the words. He looked up at the crowd. His head turned right and down to Anuk. He glanced over at the other Dragons. He looked down at Rose and Shire.
Noga became reluctant to read the words out loud. His lips tapped open and closed. Air permeated his lungs with a bumpy exhale. The crowd was anxious. Not a Being blinked as they stared up at the Dragon.
Book of Words
Book 2 of the Adventures of Anuk Series
Adorable Assisi Human Anuk, the exploring equine human hybrid, embarks on a second life-changing journey to save the Orb’s animal beings from extinction. Guided by the mystical, priceless, and powerful Book of Words, Anuk and her faithful crew risk everything trekking to the underside of the Orb. With her loyal friends and new mentors, Anuk learns leadership as she confronts harsh truths of humanity, love, and loss while navigating the joyful journey to personal power. Anuk discovers that it takes a universe to unite the Orb’s animal beings.
By communicating from the soul with the Poach, the exterminators and life-long enemies of the animal beings, Anuk forges new alliances between human beings and animal beings.
It has been six years since teenage explorer Anuk and her faithful animal being friends chased her destiny, crossing continents through a perilous post-apocalyptic world to the idyllic Roese Island. Now at twenty-three, a more mature Anuk is prompted to leave the comfort of Roese Island to bring the mystical Book of Words to the rightful owners. Risking life, limb, and liberty, Anuk and her crew of animal beings experience the wonders, secrets, and horrors of the brutal hunters whose greed destroyed entire species. Anuk: Book of Words informs, inspires, and delights in equal measure.
Suzanne Mondoux is a voice for animals (http://suzannemondoux.com)and is the author of the following:
—The Adventures of Anuk series, Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars. The First Leap is an ecological story of a young girl on a quest to save the world.
—I Believe Series coloring and activity books. This is a journey of discovery and gratitude with amazing animal beings.
—Tragedy of the Moth, Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars. Felicity Moss is a starlet with a tragic past. Desperate to stay out of the judgmental gaze of the limelight, she disappears from public life.
—How I Became a Dragon. A deeply affecting work of fiction based on real life experience by conservationist Heatha that charts the course of ivory trafficking from the fierce assault on the elephant to its ultimate destination as a carved piece of ivory.