The Hourglass of Souls (Max and the Gatekeeper #2)
For decades Hudich, the leader of an evil army, had been held prisoner in a world called Pekel. Before releasing him last summer to save Max s friend Cindy, Max s grandfather neutralized Hudich s magical powers with the aid of an advanced high-tech collar. Unfortunately, Hudich s escape allowed him to relay a centuries-old secret to his followers that helps them find a powerful weapon. With the aid of this new weapon, an ancient magical gateway, the enemy kidnaps Max s mother and forces him to do their bidding by threatening to kill her. To keep his mother a live, Max will embark on another perilous adventure into new worlds with hidden dangers. Convinced there is a spy among his friends, Max must decide who he can trust, if anyone, in his attempts to rescue his mother and destroy the enemy s plans. His failure could free Hudich from the collar and leave innocent lives across the universe at the mercy of ruthless beings.