It’s that time of year again, when the newspapers are full of quizzes and best-of articles and giant crosswords to while away the empty hours until we can all go back to work again. Or something. Anyway, here’s my contribution to the mountain of such trivia – a quiz set in the Brightmoon world. How much do you remember of the books? Three questions for each book, plus a bonus question. Answers in the New Year.
1) The Plains of Kallanash
Question 1: What was Dethin’s job when Mia first met him?
B) Commander of First Section
C) Eastern Warlord
Question 2: When Mia and Hurst climbed to the top of the tower in the lake at the Ring, what did they find there? (Bonus points if you can name everything they found along the way)
A) The Silent Guards
B) The Nine Gods
D) All of the above
Question 3: When Mia met the morodaim in the tunnel, they bowed very respectfully to her. Why?
A) She was the only female.
B) They’d met her before.
C) They recognised her mental ability to read emotions.
D) They are magical creatures; who knows why they do anything?
2) The Fire Mages
Question 1: When Drei first met Kyra, he was instantly attracted to her. Why?
A) He thought she was someone important.
B) He recognised the aura of her power.
C) He liked red-haired girls.
D) She looked like his mother.
Question 2: In Bennamore, how do you activate a spell?
A) Burn it.
B) Chant a prayer to the gods.
C) Say the words.
D) Write a spellpage.
Question 3: In the library at the Imperial City, there is a giant stone ball with magical powers. How do you activate it and what does it do?
A) Spin it while standing on one leg and it will explode.
B) Pour water over it, and it lights up.
C) Ask it any question and it will answer.
D) Say some words while touching it with both hands, and it will give you the power to understand the languages of the time the city was built.
3) The Mages of Bennamore
Question 1: What is Fen’s occupation at the start of the book?
C) Inn keeper
Question 2: When Fen, Mal and Hestaria climbed to the top of the magical tower, what could they see through the windows?
A) The views from other towers around the continent.
B) Dristomar, the town they were in.
C) Kingswell, the capital of Bennamore.
D) Shannamar, Fen’s home town.
Question 3: What power does Fen’s magical glass ball have?
A) It can heal.
B) It makes her invisible.
C) It gives her the ability to see and hear events elsewhere.
D) It can obey her commands.
4) The Magic Mines of Asharim
Question 1: Zak has a tattoo on one arm. What does it depict? Bonus points if you can remember what it represents.
A) An anchor.
B) His lover’s name.
C) A snake.
D) A lion.
Question 2: What did Allandra and Xando find in the tunnels behind the mines?
A) A pool of blue water.
B) An abandoned town.
C) A cache of dragon’s eggs.
Question 3: How did Allandra and Zak divert water to Mesanthia?
A) They made it rain enough that the lake overflowed.
B) They summoned an earthquake to break the wall of the lake.
C) Zak used his water magic to move the water.
D) None of these.
5) The Fire Mages’ Daughter
Question 1: Drina discovers she can mind-bond with different types of creatures, but which ones?
D) All of these.
Question 2: What is Drina’s unique magical capability?
A) She can control fire.
B) She can mind-bond with a giant eagle.
C) She can affect people’s dreams.
D) She can draw magic into herself from other people or objects.
Question 3: When an assassin sneaked into the Keep at night to murder Drina, what saved her?
A) Arran killed the assassin.
B) Drina’s eagle killed the assassin.
C) The guards killed the assassin.
D) Drina’s magic killed the assassin.
6) The Dragon’s Egg
Question 1: How did Garrett get himself and his friends off the slaver’s ship?
A) They stole a small boat and rowed ashore at night.
B) They jumped overboard.
C) He gambled with the slaver and won their freedom.
D) He killed the slaver.
Question 2: Why did Dru want to find a Keeper?
A) So she could be safely locked away, to protect the world from her magic.
B) So she could learn how to use her magical powers.
C) To learn the history of the world.
D) No one knows.
Question 3: What happened in the end to Hanni, the Tre’annatha who escorted Garrett and Dru from Drakk’alona to Mesanthia and then to the flicker mine in the mountain?
A) Garrett killed her with a crossbow.
B) She fell into the blue pool.
C) She was turned into a morodaim.
D) Dru killed her with magical fire.
7) The Second God
Question 1: Why was Trimon, the leader of the Golden Army, called the Dragon God (amongst other things).
A) He turned into a dragon when the moon was full.
B) He had defeated a dragon in combat.
C) He rode on a dragon.
D) None of these.
Question 2: Trimon left a message for Drina outside the gates of the town of Greenstone Ford. How did she retrieve it without being spotted by the guards?
A) She flew in on her eagle.
B) She rode a lion at night.
C) She made herself invisible.
D) She had Arran create a diversion on the other side of the town.
Question 3: Five groups were involved in the final battle against Trimon’s Golden Army. Can you name them all?
8) Bonus question:
When the mages accidentally triggered the catastrophic collision of the continents and realised that only their own deaths would prevent the end of the world, they set about trying to find ways to allow powerful magic to continue after the upheaval had settled down. How many ways can you think of?