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By Patricia C. Wrede

In the magic woods of Lyra, a noblewoman struggles to flee from a faceless man

Trouble is brewing in Alkyra. whereas the kingdom’s noblemen squabble, on their borders an historic enemy, the Lithmern, increases a military. because the head of the Noble apartment of Brenn makes an attempt to prepare an alliance, the princess Alethia celebrates her 20th birthday. She is a extraordinary lady: quick-witted, attractive, and convenient with a throwing knife. yet at the subsequent evening, she passes via a depressing hall on her method to the ceremonial dinner corridor, and not emerges from the shadows. The Lithmern have abducted the princess.
When Alethia regains recognition, an evil Lithmern with a face made up of shadows is sporting her in the course of the woodland. those are magic woods, domestic to fabled creatures whose lifestyles she has regularly doubted. to discover her approach domestic, Alethia should discover ways to belief within the previous stories, whose legends of magic and bold carry the one wish of saving her kingdom.

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A growing number of of the attackers have been passing during the uneasy tunnel of rock and magic, and the invading military started to push the Alkyrans again, till they reached the narrowest a part of the go. There the defenders held, however it used to be just a transitority hold up. without notice a cry of worry went up. The Shadow-born have been relocating ahead finally, and darkness flowed ahead of them in a flood. earlier than it reached the Alkyran traces, the wave of shadow slowed, as if whatever hampered it, and Maurin guessed that conflict among the Veldatha and the Shadow-born was once joined ultimately. The Shadow-born halted, and the darkness started to creep ahead once again. Inch by way of inch it drew closer to the Alkyrans. The battling got here nearly to a standstill. Silence fell; at the back of Maurin a person sobbed in terror, yet he didn't flip to appear. Like a fowl looking at a snake, he stared on the shadowy border that wavered, now, just a couple of toes sooner than him. while he watched, it won one other inch, one other six. Maurin drew a shuddering breath and clutched his sword in a hand slippery with sweat. Coruscating mild flared in entrance of him, and for a second Maurin was once blind. He virtually screamed; used to be this the aim of the shadow? in the back of him he heard a ragged cheer; it was once to not be feared, then. He shook his head and his imaginative and prescient started to transparent. The Shadow-born sat unmoving, yet their spell of darkness had moved again nearly part the space among them and the Alkyrans. Little darts of fireplace flashed around the boundary, creating a internet of sunshine that held again the darkness. at the back of the Shadow-born, the remainder of the Lithmern had stopped advancing and have been relocating uncertainly. For a number of moments, time looked as if it would cease. The Shadow-born, immobile on their nice black horses, didn't achieve from now on floor, yet they didn't lose any both. Then one of many figures signaled, and the Lithmern got here ahead back. They stopped wanting the interface among shadow and transparent air, and Maurin checked out them in dismay. They coated the canyon flooring from cliff to cliff in an unbroken mass stretching again approximately to the mouth of the move; part the military was once nonetheless contained in the tunnel shaped through the avalanche and the Shadow-born’s spell. As he regarded, the veil of shadow shivered and broke in the course of the restraining web of sunshine. it all started to boost once again, progressively this time. The Lithmern military got here at the back of it, relocating ahead on the path of the Shadow-born. Maurin was once past terror; he felt nearly calm as he waited for the wall to arrive him. His final suggestion sooner than it touched him was once a obscure interest. chilly, darkness, and melancholy iced up him the place he stood. within the second the spell swept over him, Maurin observed the lack of every thing he ever enjoyed, felt back the guilt of each mistake he had ever made and each unsuitable he had ever performed or imagined. He observed his dimly remembered mom demise painfully in his fingers. He observed Alethia screaming in terror amid the snowfall, demise slowly of thirst and exhaustion within the Kathkari simply because he had no longer discovered her. He observed Har hacked to items simply because he was once now not there to assist him; he observed investors from the vanished caravans death in torment simply because he had now not looked for them.

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