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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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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.

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