By Robert Priest

N the spell-crossed Phaer Isle, teenage Xemion desires of being an excellent swordsman. while he reveals a blade-shaped stick, he models it to appear like a true sword. realizing that the legislation in their merciless Pathan conquerors will require a dying sentence for ownership of such an item, his pal Saheli calls for he break it. He consents, yet insists on acting only one sword rite. whilst his mastery of the weapon, a ability lengthy forgotten, is witnessed via a mysterious guy named Vallaine, the 2 buddies are invited to affix a deliberate uprising. at the beginning they decline, but if a sadistic reputable discovers their transgressions, they're compelled to embark on a perilous trip to the ruins of the traditional urban of Ulde, the place insurgent forces are gathering.

Armed with merely their wits and the painted sword, they face Thralls, Triplicants, dragons, rage-wraiths, and a number of different spell-crossed beings. As they method the nice Kone, resource of all spell-craft, Saheli's worry of magic and Xemion's allure to it bind them in a crossed spell in their personal â?? person who threatens to split the 2 endlessly.

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Echoed Arkan. She waved at him to be silent. ‘Your father chose to carry warning to the humans in the south. He had been the first to recognize the danger Delekhan and The Six were to our people, but knew he could not find allies enough among the clans to oppose them. So he sought those to the south who might be able to stop Delekhan. ’ Arkan wanted to ask a question, but he remained silent. ’ Arkan stared at her. None of this was widely known. ’ ‘Narab,’ she said. ‘When Narab killed Delekhan’s son and rose to take command of Clan Badger, he needed to make peace with me.

Their clans had never merged while her husband lived, but with Delekhan’s death she had deftly integrated the Badgers into the Snow Leopards. She was now the only force among the moredhel with enough power to thwart Narab. A warrior motioned for him to dismount as he reached his aunt’s tent, a sprawling thing divided into several segments by cleverly hung curtains. Inside, across an expanse of fine wool rugs, Liallan reclined on a pile of furs wearing travel garb made from the costliest of materials.

No more than usual,’ said the warrior in charge of the post with a wry chuckle. He extended his hand. ’ ‘Let’s hope our aunt feels the same,’ answered Arkan, taking his arm. Each gripped the other’s wrist. ’ Arkan didn’t try to hide his surprise. ’ With a slight smile the broad-shouldered fighter nodded once. ‘Head straight to the split in the trail, then right to the small clearing above the main camp. ’ Helmon was correct: Arkan found the pavilion he sought with ease. A great tent had been erected on a plateau overlooking the largest encampment in the area.

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