Chapter thirteen opens with Wil and Amberle waking up in forest glen, absolutely nowhere near the river or Allanon. At least the horse is still with them.
Wil and Amberle have very different memories of the meeting with the river god – Will saw gardens, but Amberle saw only darkness! Could it be foreshadowing? I hope not. This book has taken enough twists and turns already, and we’re not even a quarter of the way through it. The lot twists have to stop at some point, right? right??
Wil and Amberle investigate their new surroundings, and find that they’re on the shore of the Rainbow Lake, really far away from where they started. Hopefully the river god took them in the right direction, at least.
Amberle is trying desperately to remember what the river god told her, but Wil is paying her no attention. He’s focused entirely on planning their route to the elven kingdom. Amberle (finally!) gets frustrated and tells him to get his head out of his ass.
“What’s the matter?” he asked, dropping down next to her.
“You are, for one thing.”
“What do you mean; I am?”
“You seem to have fixed in your mind everything that happens from here on. Don’t you think you ought to hear my thoughts on the matter?”
Wil stared at her, somewhat taken aback. “Well, sure.”
“I haven’t noticed you asking for them,” she continued, ignoring him. “Do you not think it necessary to ask?”
The Valeman reddened. “I’m sorry. I was just…”
“You were just making decisions that you have no right to make.” She paused and regarded him coolly. “I don’t even know what you’re doing here. The only reason I’ve come this far with you is that I really didn’t have any choice in the matter. It’s time to find out a few things.”
After getting the rundown of the entire story from Wil—and taking a look at the famous Elfstones for proof—Amberle finally agrees to travel with Wil back to the elven kingdom, where Allanon will hopefully be waiting for them, if he’s not dead. On the way, the two teenagers encounter a caravan of rovers. Unlike in the MTV version, these rovers are less angry backwoodsmen and more thieving entertainers and traders who have absolutely no basis in stereotypes at all! *cough cough*
Then Wil and Amberle have a quick convo about elven heritage and understanding oneself before rolling themselves up in their blankets and going to sleep.