By Lynn Flewelling
Acclaimed writer Lynn Flewelling brings her cherished Nightrunners sequence to a close—at least for now—with an exhilarating novel of homicide, secret, and magic.
The governor of the sacred island of Korous and his mistress were killed inside of a locked and protected room. the only witnesses to the crime—guards who broke down the doorways, listening to the screams from within—have long gone mad with terror, babbling approximately ghosts . . . and issues worse than ghosts.
Dispatched to Korous by means of the queen, grasp spies Alec and Seregil locate all of the pleasure and threat they can want—and extra. For an old evil has been woke up there, a superb strength that won't leisure till it has escaped its otherworldly criminal and brought revenge on all that lives. And basically these like Alec—who have died and lower back to life—can step among the worlds and confront the killer . . . no matter if it capacity a moment and all too everlasting death.
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Was once it grasp Thero, saving him back from this poor position? baby, open your eyes. He smelled useless leaves and incense. anything scratchy and chilly as a useless leaf stroked his cheek. He might consider! Slowly he got here again into his physique. He used to be hot, and mendacity on anything very delicate. anything rainy and scrumptious flowed over his tongue. He swallowed, choked, and opened his eyes. He used to be in a posh bedchamber lit by way of plenty of candles. a stunning girl in a pink velvet dress sat at the fringe of the mattress the place he lay, smiling down at him and maintaining a clay cup and small wood spoon. She had thick, wavy black hair see you later it virtually touched the counterpane the place she sat. He resisted the urge to arrive out and contact it; he’d by no means noticeable hair like this sooner than. “There you're, child,” she acknowledged. “I used to be so apprehensive approximately you! right here, have a few extra cider. It’s great and funky. ” She dipped the spoon within the cup and gave him one other sip. “More, please,” he whispered with dry, cracked lips. “Of path, my expensive, yet now not an excessive amount of before everything. ” She gave him a couple of extra spoonfuls, and every one made him consider greater and higher. He nonetheless felt extraordinarily susceptible, as he had out at the highway, yet he wasn’t thirsty anymore, and that used to be a blessing. His arm didn’t harm, both. “Where am I? ” he croaked. “You are in my fort, my expensive. ” “Castle? ” She laughed softly. “You won't imagine quite a bit of it, if you are out of bed, yet sometime i'll have a formal fort back. My identify is Queen Rhazat. What’s yours? ” “Mika of Rhíminee, Your Majesty. ” “Ah, Rhíminee. And the place is that? ” “In Skala, my girl. It’s the best urban within the 3 Lands. ” “I see. ” She provided him one other spoonful of cider, and he swallowed it gratefully. “Do you must sleep a few extra, my pricey? ” “No, i used to be having a foul dream. ” She gave him a sympathetic glance as she stroked his cheek with cool arms. “I have these, too. ” He sat up and seemed round. He was once in a major fancy mattress in a wide bedchamber with plenty of silk hangings and woman furnishings. It used to be a pleasant room, with lovely hangings. A tall window throughout from the mattress confirmed not anything yet darkness. “Where am I, Majesty? ” he requested. Had where of useless grass and gray sky been a part of his undesirable dream? “You are in my tower, as I advised you. There’s a showering bathtub within the subsequent room, and a few outfits laid out for you. an incredible boy such as you doesn’t need assistance washing, does he? ” “No, Majesty! ” Mika responded, blushing. “Very good, then. Take your tub, then come downstairs, the entire technique to the ground. simply keep on with the hall to the second one room at the correct and we’ll have a beautiful supper. ” With that she kissed him at the forehead and swept out of the room. Mika threw again the down-filled comforter and found that each one his outfits have been long past. He was once bare aside from the golden amulet he and grasp Thero had made and a clean, fresh sling on his arm. He regarded round, yet there has been no signal of his outfits, no outfits chest or cloth cabinet, both. Crossing the room to the door she’d mentioned, he opened it a crack and peeked via right into a small bathing chamber with a complicated wood bathtub.