Shadow Magic (The Lyra Novels)

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 condo of Brenn makes an attempt to arrange an alliance, the princess Alethia celebrates her 20th birthday. She is a notable girl: quick-witted, appealing, and convenient with a throwing knife. yet at the subsequent evening, she passes via a gloomy hall on her approach to the ceremonial dinner corridor, and not emerges from the shadows. The Lithmern have abducted the princess.
When Alethia regains realization, an evil Lithmern with a face made up of shadows is wearing her in the course of the woodland. those are magic woods, domestic to fabled creatures whose lifestyles she has constantly doubted. to discover her method domestic, Alethia should learn how to belief within the outdated stories, whose legends of magic and bold carry the single wish of saving her kingdom.

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It wouldn’t be clever to maintain them ready. ” “Yes—but concerning the relief for Brenn,” Har stated. “How many males do you're thinking that they are going to ship? ” “It isn't really in any respect definite that they are going to ship any,” Jordet acknowledged reluctantly. “That is likely one of the issues the Council needs to make a decision this day. ” “But Queen Iniscara said…” Alethia’s voice trailed off, and she or he frowned. “Well, she didn’t truly promise to ship support, no longer in such a lot of phrases. however it was once transparent what she intended. ” “Sheleran isn't really governed completely by way of the Queen,” Jordet stated.

The 2 guards trigger, with Har making a lot of his personal ability achieve any such fascinating outcome. Maurin pointedly overlooked him till he replaced the topic. via that point, the 2 had reached the broad street that led immediately from the western gate of Brenn to the big stone development within the heart of city. They became clear of the gates, and Har darted a pointy examine his good friend. “Now what are you shaking your head approximately? ” he requested. “That,” Maurin stated, waving towards the construction in entrance of them. Even from this distance, Styr Tel loomed above the jumble of houses and outlets and motels.

First Lord Gahlon is younger, yet he's reasonable,” Bracor went on. “Armin has whatever of a mood, yet issues should still pass good if i will exhibit him how nice the risk relatively is. ” He paused and seemed sharply at Maurin and Har. “That is why I desire to consult you; your caravan is the one one within the urban which has taken the alternate path simply south of Lithra some time past month. So inform me approximately your trip. ” For the subsequent hour, Har and Maurin talked, describing the towns and cities that they had undergone.

A few of them, now, they’ll be crow meat for now not checking correct. ” He spat into the snow. Maurin eyed the worn leather-based sewn with steel jewelry that the opposite guy wore and his eyebrows went up. “Are you definite that you're besides ready as they're? ” he requested, nodding towards a gaggle of Marhal’s males in chain. “It’s more than enough for me, lad, and has been those many years,” the veteran answered. “Those staves with the blades on them can’t get throughout the jewelry, and that i can circulate a section speedier with no all that excess weight.

Approximately everybody. Har’s journeyman good friend used to be status beside one of many iron candle-stands, staring out over the gang with a morose and forbidding expression. good, he wasn’t going to snow on Alethia’s celebration if she had whatever to claim approximately it. She made her excess of and, when it comes to starting the dialog, requested what he used to be so drawn to. To her mingled annoyance and entertainment, she needed to repeat the query sooner than he spoke back, after which all he stated was once, “I’m sorry, I’m afraid I didn’t really pay attention your query.

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