By Mercedes Lackey
Mags was an enslaved orphan residing a harsh lifestyles within the mines, till the King's personal usher in found his expertise and informed him as a undercover agent. Now a bring in in his personal correct, on the newly demonstrated Heralds' Collegium, Mags has stumbled on a supportive kinfolk, together with his significant other Dallen.
Although often a usher in in his first 12 months of Whites will be despatched off on circuit, Mags is required with reference to domestic for his talents as a undercover agent and his robust Mindspeech reward. there's a mystery, treacherous plot in the royal courtroom to wreck the Heralds. the location turns into dire after the lifetime of Mags' mentor, King's personal Nikolas, is imperiled. His daughter Amily is selected because the new King's personal, a sophisticated and unsafe activity that's made extra so via this perilous time. Can Mags and Amily keep the courtroom, the Heralds, and the Collegium itself?
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Aril opened his mouth to speak but she shook her head and put a finger to her lips for silence. That made him more nervous, but he held his tongue and nodded. They stood as still as the shrubs. Time passed slowly, but when the sound did not repeat, Mother’s grip on his hand loosened. She visibly relaxed. Aril took a sweaty hand from his skipping rock and let out a breath. ” He imagined in his mind a passing bear, or maybe a wolf. Two months earlier a bear had killed Matron Ysele and her dog. Aril had not seen her body but he had heard enough from Nem that for a tenday he’d had to sleep in Mother’s bed with his feet touching hers.
Halflings had been hunting game and chopping timber in the Old Wood for generations. ” He grabbed her cloak and pointed up through an opening in the trees. A shooting star chased a glowing path across the sky. He watched it until it faded to a pale scar, then vanished. ” “I saw it, Aril,” Mother said, and she offered a brief prayer to Yondalla. Aril remembered the previous autumn, the night that a whole rain of flaming stars had streaked from the dark sky. He’d heard from a peddler that the falling fire had destroyed villages and burned down forests and caused destructive waves and made the drought, but he doubted it.
The shadowstuff had not yet so consumed Rivalen. But it would. ” The most high’s praise was hard won. Rivalen enjoyed the moment. Telamont moved past Rivalen to the darkwood desk and removed the crystal stopper from a bottle of nightwine. He poured two glasses and gave one to Rivalen. Rivalen held it but did not drink; he never did. ” his father asked. Rivalen swirled the nightwine, inhaled its piquant aroma. “Structurally it is undamaged. And its magic appears intact, if somewhat weakened. But the sentience within is … unconscious.