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By Patricia C. Wrede

In the magic woods of Lyra, a noblewoman struggles to flee from a faceless man

Trouble is brewing in Alkyra. whereas the kingdom’s noblemen squabble, on their borders an historical enemy, the Lithmern, increases a military. because the head of the Noble residence of Brenn makes an attempt to arrange an alliance, the princess Alethia celebrates her 20th birthday. She is a striking girl: quick-witted, attractive, and convenient with a throwing knife. yet at the subsequent evening, she passes via a depressing hall on her strategy to the ceremonial dinner corridor, and not emerges from the shadows. The Lithmern have abducted the princess.
When Alethia regains attention, an evil Lithmern with a face made from shadows is sporting her throughout the wooded area. those are magic woods, domestic to fabled creatures whose life she has regularly doubted. to discover her manner domestic, Alethia must discover ways to belief within the previous stories, whose legends of magic and bold carry the single desire of saving her kingdom.

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Bracor led them within and up an extended, spiral staircase to a delightful, notwithstanding easily supplied, room. Maurin used to be happy to discover that the cleansing frenzy had now not thoroughly stripped the fort of furnishings; there have been benches and a footstool, as well as a trestle desk affected by parchments. when they have been all seated, Bracor checked out Har and acknowledged, “As Alethia has already guessed, i would like to speak to you in regards to the Lithmern. ” “I don’t see the point,” Har acknowledged. “The border has been quiet for months. ” “The Conclave of First Lords feels a similar manner, I’m afraid,” the Lord of Brenn responded tiredly. “But open raids should not the single factor to worry from the Lithmern. ” Har appeared questioned, then frowned unexpectedly. “Open raids? Are you asserting you think that they’ve been raiding secretly? ” “It’s now not speculation,” Bracor acknowledged. “I’ll bet your dealer buddy is familiar with what I’m pertaining to. ” Maurin checked out Bracor with shock and admire. “You should have very good resources to have exposed that, my lord. ” Har made a annoyed gesture. “What are you speaking approximately? ” “Three caravans have disappeared thoroughly long ago six months,” Maurin stated. “Disappeared? ” Har raised his eyebrows skeptically. “How can fifteen or extra wagons and sixty males simply vanish? ” Maurin shrugged. “If we knew that, we would manage to cease it. however the simply details we have now is that every one 3 caravans have been touring close to Lithra. a minimum of, that’s the place we predict they have been. ” “You aren’t yes? ” Alethia requested. “Caravan masters may be very secretive, particularly in the event that they imagine somebody desires to reduce in on their earnings. ” “The Lithmern have by no means made any mystery in their raiding before,” Har acknowledged, his frown deepening. “They should have whatever new to conceal. ” “I think they need to maintain us unsure in their numbers and their intentions,” Bracor stated. “Are you certain it’s no more than that? ” Har stated. “Need they've got extra cause? in the past, the Lithmern were scared of Alkyra; they keep in mind their defeat at Eirith too truly to take percentages with us. yet i feel their worry is passing eventually. ” Alethia stared at her father. “You imagine the Lithmern are making plans to assault Alkyra! ” she blurted. “I do,” her father responded. “I have attempted to persuade the Conclave of it, yet they won't hear. ” “Your Regent—” Maurin all started, yet Bracor used to be already shaking his head. “The Regent has too little actual energy to compel even the minor lords, less the 9 households. they've been secure too lengthy. Oh, there are a number of who suspect, who construct their very own forces, yet Alkyra has no harmony. ” “The Regent by no means does anything,” Alethia installed. “I imagine he’s afraid to offend the 1st Lords, simply because if he did they could exchange him. ” “Alethia is right,” Bracor stated. “The Regent’s authority is determined by the great will of the 9 households, and he understands it too good. we won't search for aid there. ” Baffled, Maurin shook his head. He could by no means comprehend the best way stonebound folks controlled their affairs. A direction grasp who neglected the requests of even one in all his Caravan Masters wouldn't preserve his place for one more month.

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