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《岛屿之城》

2019-04-01BillieB.Little笪景行

中学生英语·中考指导版 2019年2期
关键词:玛拉华莱士潮汐

Billie B.Little 笪景行

Kali Wallaces City of Islands transports readers to a world of ancient rock cities where the ocean-dwelling1 founders once made use of magic that controlled earth and stone, sky and sea. Wallace uses fantastical creatures and mystical spell songs lyrical prose to spin a complex tale that doesnt disappoint.

卡莉·华莱士的《岛屿之城》将读者带到了一个古代岩石城市的世界,在那里,居住在海洋的造物主们曾经利用魔法控制着大地和岩石、天空和海洋。华莱士用幻想的生物和神秘的咒语歌编织出了一个不会令你失望的复杂故事。

Twice orphaned Mara dives to the depths of the ocean seeking treasure for a mage2 known as the Lady of the Tides. One day while diving, Mara sings an old spell song and hears bones calling back to her. She finds skeletons3 of rare creatures suspended4 deep below the ocean surface. When she presents these prized remains to the Lady of the Tides, the mage challenges her with a dangerous but alluring5 opportunity. Mara must travel to a place called Winter Blade in order to discover the secrets of the Lord of the Muck. If Mara succeeds, shell become the Ladys apprentice6 and fulfill her dream to learn magic.

两次成为孤儿的玛拉潜入大海深处,为一位被称为“潮汐女神”的魔法师寻找宝藏。有一天,在潜水的时候,玛拉唱了一首古老的咒语歌,听到了骨头对她的回应。她发现稀有生物的骨骼悬浮在大海深处。当她把这些珍贵的骨骸献给“潮汐女神”时,这位魔法师用一个危险但诱人的机会去考验她。玛拉必须前往一个叫做“寒冬之刃”的地方,探寻“污浊之王”的秘密。如果玛拉成功了,她将成为这位“潮汐女神”的学徒,实现她学习魔法的梦想。

As Mara struggles through the dark depths of the tunnels beneath Winter Blade, shes captured by the evil Muck. She must escape the mages dungeon7 and save her friends. But with seas full of mages, pirates and sea serpents8, how will the seemingly ordinary Mara succeed?

当玛拉努力穿过“寒冬之刃”下黑暗的隧道深处时,她被邪恶的“污浊之王”抓住了。她必须逃离地牢,并救出朋友。但是在满是魔法师、海盗和海蛇的海洋中,看起来平凡无奇的玛拉将如何才能成功呢?

While struggling to free herself and her friends, Mara is forced to question her past: How did her parents really die? Was her stepmother the loving caretaker she seemed?

在拼命自救和解救朋友的同時,玛拉被迫质问自己的过去:她的父母究竟是怎么死的?她的继母是她眼中亲爱的监护人吗?

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