By Robert Jackson Bennett
A densely atmospheric and intrigue-filled fable novel of dwelling spies, useless gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, ever-changing city-from one in every of America's such a lot acclaimed younger SF writers.
Years in the past, town of Bulikov wielded the powers of the Gods to overcome the realm. yet after its divine protectors have been mysteriously killed, the conqueror has turn into the conquered; the city's proud historical past has been erased and censored, development has left it in the back of, and it's only one other colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical strength. Into this musty, backward urban steps Shara Divani. formally, the quiet mousy lady is simply one other lowly diplomat despatched through Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, Shara is one in every of her country's such a lot complete spymasters-dispatched to enquire the brutal homicide of a probably innocuous historian. As Shara pursues the secret during the ever-shifting actual and political geography of the town, she starts off to suspect that the beings who as soon as secure Bulikov is probably not as lifeless as they seem-and that her personal talents should be touched by means of the divine in addition.
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“Nothing is loose, Go’el,” Jaina Proudmoore acknowledged. “Your wisdom and abilities have been got at a value. The . . . orc you left at the back of on your position had performed a lot damage on your absence. If i've got heard approximately what's going in Orgrimmar and Ashenvale, without doubt you need to have! ”
Go’el’s mien, which were deeply peaceable, now seemed afflicted. “I have heard, in fact. ”
“And . . . you do not anything? ”
“I have one other path,” he acknowledged. “You have noticeable the result of that direction. A danger that—”
“Go’el, I listen this, yet now that activity is over. Garrosh is stirring up hassle among the Alliance and the Horde—trouble that didn’t exist until eventually he begun it. i will comprehend if you happen to don’t desire to undermine him publicly, but—perhaps you and that i can interact. shape a summit of types. Ask Baine to affix us; i do know he has no love for what Garrosh is striving for. i'll communicate with Varian. nowadays, he appears to be like extra on hand. every person respects you, even within the Alliance, Go’el. you've gotten earned that admire due to your activities. Garrosh has earned not anything yet distrust and hatred as a result of his. ”
She indicated her cloak, which had blown approximately with the wind he had despatched to undergo her to shore. “You can keep an eye on the winds as a shaman. however the winds of struggle are blowing, and if we don't cease Garrosh now, many innocents pays the associated fee for our hesitation. ”
The ashes of the Cataclysm have settled throughout Azeroth’s disparate kingdoms. because the damaged international recovers from the catastrophe, the well known sorceress girl Jaina Proudmoore maintains her lengthy fight to fix kinfolk among the Horde and the Alliance. but of past due, escalating tensions have driven the 2 factions in the direction of open conflict, threatening to spoil what little balance is still within the . . .
Dark information arrives in Jaina’s cherished urban, Theramore. one of many blue dragonflight’s strongest artifacts—the Focusing Iris—has been stolen. to resolve the item’s mysterious whereabouts, Jaina works with the previous blue Dragon element Kalecgos. the 2 exceptional heroes forge an not likely bond in the course of their research, yet one other disastrous flip of occasions looms at the horizon. . . .
Garrosh Hellscream is mustering the Horde’s armies for an all-out invasion of Theramore. regardless of mounting dissent inside his faction, the brazen warchief goals to bring in a brand new period of Horde domination. His thirst for conquest leads him to take brutal measures opposed to an individual who dares query his management.
Alliance forces converge on Theramore to repel the Horde onslaught, however the courageous defenders are unprepared for the real scope of Garrosh’s crafty and misleading approach. His assault will irrevocably rework Jaina, engulfing the ardent peacekeeper within the chaotic and all-consuming . . . TIDES OF battle
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Once, dragons governed the Rain Wilds, tended via privileged human servants often called Elderlings. yet a chain of cataclysmic eruptions approximately drove those marvelous creatures to extinction. Born susceptible and deformed, the final in their type had one desire for survival: to come back to their historical urban of Kelsingra. followed through a disparate group of untested younger keepers, the dragons launched into a harsh trip into the unknown alongside the poisonous Rain Wild River. scuffling with hunger, a opposed weather, and treacherous enemies, dragons and people started to forge magical connections, bonds that experience wrought fabulous variations for all of them. And notwithstanding Kelsingra is ultimately close to, their odyssey has basically begun.
Because of the swollen waters of the Rain Wild River, the misplaced urban may be reached purely via flight—a try out of patience and talent past the stunted dragons’ energy. Venturing around the swift-running river in tiny boats, the dragon pupil Alise and a handful of keepers find a global some distance varied from something they've got ever recognized or imagined. big, ornate constructions of black stone veined with silver and sensible stone statues line the silent, eerily empty streets. but what are the whispers they pay attention, the shadows of voices and bursts of sunshine that flutter and are long past? And why do they suppose as though eyes are looking at them?
The dragons needs to plumb the depths in their ancestral stories to aid them take flight and free up the secrets and techniques buried in Kelsingra. yet enemies pushed by way of greed and darkish wants are imminent. Time is operating out, not just for the dragons yet for his or her human keepers in addition.
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He climbed half a dozen paces toward the Aes Sedai camp before he knew it. His hands hurt. He had to look to realize they were cramping from the grip he had on his sword hilt, and he had to force them to let go. Coiren and the others meant to take Rand al’Thor to Tar Valon, but if his mother was dead . . Elayne. If they were dead, he would see whether the Dragon Reborn could live with a sword through his heart! Adjusting her red-fringed shawl, Katerine Alruddin rose from the cushions with the other women in the tent.
For now. One day, these lands would be the Shaido’s for the looting. Including the White Tower. “This is all badly thought out,” the third woman said in a tight voice. “Wise Ones avoid Aes Sedai; it has always been so. ” Sevanna barely forced herself to keep walking. Desaine had spoken against her being chosen as a Wise One, speaking loudly about her having served no apprenticeship and paid no visit to Rhuidean, claiming that her place standing for the clan chief disqualified her. Besides, as the widow of not just one, but two dead chiefs, perhaps she carried bad luck.
Why did the Dragon Reborn need Perrin now, so strongly that Perrin could feel it across 35 LORD OF CHAOS however many hundred leagues lay between them? Why was time so short? Why? Perrin’s shirt clung to his sweaty chest, and the unnatural heat sent more sliding down her face, but Faile shivered. One hand on his sword hilt, Gawyn Trakand bounced a small rock on his palm as he made another circuit of his men, checking their positions around the treetopped hill. A dry hot wind carrying dust across the rolling brown grasslands fluttered the plain green cloak hanging down his back.