This chapter is the first chapter of the second part of the book.
It's Friday, the first of June. Can you believe all that action so far happened in just one day?
Sophie, Josh, Flamel, Scatty, and Hekate are at the Shadowrealm, watching all the Torc Allta prepare for battle.
Josh worries about Sophie as they prepare to be Awakened.
But Sophie reassuringly takes her brother's hand and says they will do it as they've done everything else—together. The twins tell Hekate they are ready.
Scatty enters and tells them that the Morrigan has arrived along with Bastet.
This time there are no Golems, thank goodness.
An impressed Sophie mentions that she's surprised that the Yggdrasill is still a living tree, what with all these creatures moving around inside it.
But this ain't your average tree. Scatty tells them that this tree was grown from a seed from the original World Tree.
Thousands of years ago, when Danu Talis sank beneath the sea, some of the Elders like Hekate managed to save the seeds of the Elder plants and grow them in a new world.
Good to know.
Flamel tells Sophie and Josh that when they come out of the room where they are to be Awakened, they will be different forever.
The twins are hesitant to be different people, but they know that there's no turning back now.
Greeting the twins, Hekate tells them they should be honored. She has not Awakened a member of the humani (one of the human race) for many generations.
The last one she did Awaken, in the 12th century, was killed by hailstones, she says. And then she laughs knowingly. Not a good sign.
The Goddess of the Three Faces gives the twins the back-story to Awakening human potential: apparently, magic simply means using all of the senses, and that humans have grown lazy and haven't used them in a long while.
Hekate says: "What you call magic is nothing more than an act of imagination fired by the senses, then given shape by the power of your aura."
Well, the twins have very powerful auras, and that means they have tremendous magical potential. Sweet.
But they need to be prepared to accept the very real risk of dangerous sensory overload.