TITLE: The Secret of Mount Pella
GENRE: YA Historical Fiction
Her mother’s words, laden with impending death, seared Satara’s heart but ignited her soul.
“This is a very important necklace, Satara.” With a shaky hand, Lucia placed it in her hand. “The key on this necklace opens the way to Mount Pella. There you will find the Secret Place.”
“What do you mean, Mother?”
“One day, you will have your own adventure, your own quest,” her raspy voice crackled. “You must make your way to Athenica, through the back gates of the palace, and up to the first summit.”
“The palace? How will I ever get there?”
“You will know when the time comes, my dear. It is your destiny.” Lucia clenched her eyes shut. Whether in pain or in recollection of something, Satara couldn’t tell.
Satara’s forehead tightened with concern. “Mother, you must rest.” Perhaps the fever was affecting her mother’s mind.
“Not yet. You must promise me to keep this necklace safe. You are special, my child. You will do great things, but you must promise me.”
“I promise, Mother.” She kissed her mother’s forehead and Lucia closed her eyes for the last time.