Shadow Magic

By Jaida Jones

Ended in victory through its magic-fueled Dragon Corps, Volstov has despatched a delegation to its conquered acquaintances to see the long-awaited phrases of peace. between these within the get together are the adorned struggle hero normal Alcibiades and the previously exiled magician Caius Greylace. yet even this mismatched pair can’t support yet discover that their defeated enemies aren’t being very cooperative. The hidden fact is that the hot emperor is harboring a treacherous secret—and as soon as it truly is printed, Alcibiades and Caius could be powerless to prevent it. 

With their purely best friend an exiled prince now fleeing his brother’s assassins, the nation-state rife with terror, and Alcibiades and Caius all yet prisoners, it is going to take the main strong form of magic to heal the rift among strife-worn lands and unite peoples opposed to a standard enemy: shadow magic.

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One of many many nice partitions lay earlier than us, huge grey stone weathered by way of time and bleached by way of the sunlight, and a thriving wallside city within the valley lower than. It used to be a busier position than we’d visible in many years, extra humans than we’d been between due to the fact that we left the palace, homes and outlets crowded jointly beside the security provided by way of the wall. “How tall do you feel it truly is? ” I controlled to invite Kouje as soon as I’d regained my breath. Kouje paused for a second to appraise the peak, with the pony whinnying and snuffling less than us in annoyance at our unusual whims.

He didn’t appear like the kind to make a move—too a lot prudence and all—but you by no means knew what a guy used to be in a position to after he’d been tortured. I observed Caius’s hand creep into the autumn of 1 of his lengthy sleeves, too, so I knew that he’d been pondering an analogous factor I had. It grew to become out we have been either flawed. both Lord Temur was once convinced in his expectation of rescue, or he wasn’t one of these warlord who carried round poisoned arrowheads or daggers, or the rest that clumsy. “This is information to me, as well,” he stated.

If there has been whatever left to accommodate, in fact. “The Emperor is having our mail read,” I stated, taking a brand new tack with this unexpected switch in winds. “Does he suspect us of anything? ” “This… is treason,” Lord Temur controlled, his lips stiff round the international phrases. “For all of you, and… myself, to boot. ” “That doesn't solution my question,” I stated almost immediately, feeling the beginnings of impatience transforming into inside of me. I did so wish this to head as easily as attainable, however it were see you later seeing that I’d been given an opportunity to workout my expertise, and Lord Temur’s stubbornness used to be easily begging for a flavor of precise strain.

Might be i'll communicate with Alcibiades approximately doing an analogous, notwithstanding maybe that dialog will be larger stored for later, as soon as I had discerned the very best means of phraseology it. i may be relatively convincing while I placed my brain to it. “Welcome,” stated the diplomat, talking as if he couldn't rather wrap his tongue round our thick Volstovic vowels. The Ke-Han language used to be speedy and darting, rather musical and beautiful in its personal approach; however it used to be on conqueror’s phrases that we had come, or even on overseas soil it used to be to be our males who dictated the phrases of the treaty.

One window within the corridor was once open, the lattice coloration lifted to enable within the solar. Down under the palace, sloping towards the remainder of the town, I stuck sight of the magician’s blue dome. From that peak, it appeared not more than a child’s damaged teacup overturned and, even though momentarily, forgotten. CAIUS For as soon as, Alcibiades and that i have been in entire contract. It was once excessive time we crossed the mountains and again to Volstov—for i used to be going to return down with a nasty case of the vapors, like my negative great-aunt Eurydice, if any longer pleasure was once because of us or to us in a minimum of the subsequent month.

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