By Caitlín R. Kiernan

Sarah Crowe left Atlanta to reside by myself in an outdated residence in rural Rhode Island. inside of its partitions she discovers an unfinished manuscript written by way of the house's former tenant-an anthropologist enthusiastic about the traditional oak becoming at the estate. and because the gnarled tree takes root in her mind's eye, Sarah hazards every thing to unearth a revelation planted centuries ago...

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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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