By Kate Elliott
International myth and Nebula Award finalist Kate Elliott breaks new floor in a brilliantly unique new fable set in a distinct global of fabled towns, mysterious gods, and poor risks. From the 1st web page readers can be swept up within the tale of Mai and Captain Anji, as they develop into unwitting avid gamers in a clash that begun decades previous, and that allows you to shake the rules in their land.For 1000s of years the Guardians have governed the realm of the Hundred, yet those strong gods now not exert their will at the international. simply the reeves, who patrol on huge, immense eagles, nonetheless characterize the Guardians' energy. And the reeves are wasting their authority; for there's a darkish shadow around the land that no longer even the reeves can stop.A crew of lovers has risen to consume villages, cities, and towns of their force to annihilate all who oppose them. not anyone is aware who leads them; they appear inhumanly merciless and robust. Mai and Anji, driving with an organization of committed warriors and a unmarried reeve who could carry a key to preventing the lethal increase of the devouring horde, needs to try out, or the area should be misplaced to the carnage. yet a tender girl sworn to the Goddess could end up extra very important than all of them . . . in the event that they should not too late.A haunting story of individuals swept up by way of the chaos of conflict, this can be superlative fable event, wealthy in texture, jam-packed with colour and pleasure, masterfully crafted by means of a brilliantly proficient storyteller.
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I don’t know who to trust. I hate to think of being closehearted, for it goes against the Teachings, but there you are. I can’t even send my usual factors south into the empire anymore. These past few years I’ve had to send one of my own slaves down to do what trading he can. That way he can risk his own stake instead of mine. It’s a great opportunity for him, naturally, and I must say it’s not every master would be so generous, as many of my colleagues have said to me. But of course I stand to lose even so, if he’s killed, for he cost quite a string of coin to purchase and then of course the later investment in his upbringing, feeding, and training, but mind you, speculating with my own coin and goods in a larger venture just isn’t worth the risk these days.
The company hooted and laughed until the speaker, Udit, had to admit this detail was only marketplace gossip heard tenth-hand. Tanesh shushed them. “Don’t believe every tale you hear, Udit. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a grain of truth where there’s talk of trade. ” Joss asked mildly, with a grin to take the sting off the words. Not even Tanesh took offense at the words. He and his comrades considered them grimly. An aged slave ﬁlled their cups with more cordial. In their silence as they drank, the loud voice of the well-dressed merchant of the second group ﬂoated easily under the canopy.
Joss knew that look well. Reeves saw it all the time, though not from the innocent. Master Feden was smarter than he chose to seem. ” mused the merchant. “We stumble in the dark hoping to ﬁnd any light that may guide us to a safe haven. We are desperate, truly. Folk are none too careful what well they drink from if they’ve had no drink at all for many days. ” “True words,” said Joss, thinking of the commander’s agreement with Master Tanesh. He glanced at the lord of Iliyat, but the man made no polite reply to this heartfelt comment.