By Lois McMaster Bujold
Stricken younger Fawn Bluefield seeks a lifestyles past her family’s farm. yet en path to town, she encounters a patrol of Lakewalkers, nomadic soldier–sorcerers from the northern woodlands. Feared necromancers armed with mysterious knives made from human bone, they salary a mystery, ongoing battle opposed to the scourge of the "malices," immortal entities that draw the lifestyles out in their sufferers, enslaving human and animal alike.
It is Dag—a Lakewalker patroller weighed down through earlier sorrows and exhausting current responsibilities—who needs to come to Fawn’s reduction while she is taken captive via a malice. They be triumphant at a devastating cost—unexpectedly binding their fates as they embark upon a amazing trip into possibility and pleasure, prejudice and partnership . . . and maybe even love.
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A Domani. ” The fool sounded admiring! “Not a mutiny. A raid on a grand scale. ” Dragonsworn. The word was like a fist clutching Suroth’s throat. ” Galgan grimaced and made a sign against evil, apparently unconscious of doing so. ” Red-hot anger needed to erupt at Galgan, but screaming at another of the High Blood would lower her eyes. And, as bad, gain nothing. Still, it had to be directed somewhere. It had to come out. She was proud of what she had done in Tarabon, and now the country appeared to be halfway back to the chaos she found when she first landed there.
But even the servants knew. Silent tears of humiliation began to stream down her cheeks. She wanted to kill Silviana, yet that would only mean a new Mistress of Novices laying the strap across her every morning until Elaida relented. Except that Elaida would never relent. Killing her would be more to the point, yet such killings had to be carefully rationed. Too many unexpected deaths would cause questions, perhaps dangerous questions. Still, she had done what she could against Elaida. Katerine’s news of this battle was spreading through the Black Ajah, and beyond it already.
Turning with one of the lamps in her hand, she gave a start and a choked cry at the sight of Almandaragal looming in the corner, his dark, ridge-ringed eyes focused on her. You would think she had never seen him before! Yet he was a fearsome sight, ten feet tall and near two thousand pounds, his hairless skin like reddish brown leather, flexing his six toed forepaws so his claws extended and retracted, extended and retracted. “Be at ease,” Suroth told the lopar, a familiar command, but he stretched his mouth wide, showing sharp teeth before settling back to the floor and resting his huge round head on his paws like a hound.