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Reader reviewed by Libby

This is actually not a review. It is the first chapter and I just thought it would be nice to post it for everyone to see! This is an AWESOME book by the way!! :)
Here it is:

The 39 Clues: Book One


The Maze of Bones


By Rick Riordan


 


Chapter 1


 


Five minutes before she died, Grace Cahill changed her will.


Her lawyer brought out the alternate version, which had been her most guarded secret for seven years. Whether or not she would actually be crazy enough to use it, William McIntyre had never been certain.


Madam, he asked, are you sure?


Grace gazed out the window, across the sunlit meadows of her estate. Her cat, Saladin, snuggled beside her as he had throughout her illness, but his presence was not enough to comfort her today. She was about to set in motion events that might cause the end of civilization.


Yes, William. Her every breath was painful. Im sure.


William broke the seal on the brown leather folder. He was a tall craggy man. His nose was pointed like a sundial so it always cast a shadow over one side of his face. He had been Graces advisor, her closest confidant, for half her life. They had shared many secrets over the years, but none as perilous as this.


He held the document for her to review. A fit of coughing wracked her body. Saladin meowed with concern. Once the coughing passed, William helped her take the pen. She scrawled her weak signature across the paper.


Theyre so young, William lamented. If only their parents


But their parents didnt, Grace said bitterly. And now the children must be old enough. They are our only chance.


If they dont succeed


Then five hundred years of work have been for nothing, Grace said. Everything collapses. The family, the world -- all of it.


William nodded grimly. He took the folder from her hands.


Grace sat back stroking Saladins silver fur. The scene outside the window made her sad. It was too gorgeous a day to die. She wanted to have one last picnic with the children. She wanted to be young and strong and travel the world again.


But her eyesight was failing. Her lungs labored. She clutched her jade necklace a good-luck talisman she had found in China years ago. It had seen her through many close calls with death, many lucky misses. But the talisman couldnt help her anymore.


Shed worked hard to prepare for this day. Still, there was so much she had left undone . . . so much she had never told the children.


It will have to be enough, she whispered.


And with that, Grace Cahill closed her eyes for the last time.


 


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When he was sure Grace had passed away, William McIntyre went to the window and closed the curtains. William preferred darkness. It seemed more proper for the business at hand.


The door opened behind him. Graces cat hissed and disappeared under the bed.


William didnt look back. He was staring at Graces signature on her new will, which had just become the most important document in Cahill familys history.


Well? a brusque voice said.


William turned. A man stood in the doorway, his face obscured by shadows, his suit as black as oil.


Its time, William said. Make sure they suspect nothing.


William couldnt tell for sure, but he thought the man in black smiled.


Dont worry, the man promised. Theyll never have a clue.

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