By Lynn Flewelling
Acclaimed writer Lynn Flewelling brings her cherished Nightrunners sequence to a close—at least for now—with an exciting novel of homicide, secret, and magic.
The governor of the sacred island of Korous and his mistress were killed inside of a locked and protected room. the only witnesses to the crime—guards who broke down the doorways, listening to the screams from within—have long past mad with terror, babbling approximately ghosts . . . and issues worse than ghosts.
Dispatched to Korous by means of the queen, grasp spies Alec and Seregil locate all of the pleasure and threat they can want—and extra. For an old evil has been woke up there, a good energy that won't leisure until eventually it has escaped its otherworldly felony and brought revenge on all that lives. And basically these like Alec—who have died and again to life—can step among the worlds and confront the killer . . . no matter if it skill a moment and all too everlasting death.
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“Full of intrigue and plots upon plots.”—RT publication Reviews
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A workman can have taken it,” acknowledged Alec. “That’s fairly most probably. ” Thero sighed. “Of direction it couldn’t be this simple. take me back to the fact, what did the pill that sealed this cave say? ” “ ‘Grief is living right here. ’ That’s all. ” “I wonder whether the pill and the seal have been in some way associated? if that is so, then while the pill was once got rid of, it might probably have prompted the rockslide. i will be able to in simple terms think that very complicated magic were set in position to protect the reduce cave, magic that would good have pale through the years. ” “All correct. So anyone most likely stole the seal after the wall fell. A workman despatched in to transparent the rubble, wouldn’t you assert? ” “Yes, that turns out most likely. ” “So we have to locate the individual and get it again. Now, what in regards to the cranium? ” “What, certainly? ” Thero made his as far back as the cranium and bent over it for a second. there has been not anything seen emanating from it. He held a give up it, yet there has been nonetheless not anything. “I’d need to contact bone to get something from it, if that’s even attainable, and that might suggest elimination the stone coating it. ” “What in regards to the eye sockets? ” requested Alec. “Ah, reliable statement. ” Thero touched the fragile stalactites that veiled the left eye; they fell away with a tiny tinkling sound. achieving in with one finger, he felt for naked bone and located it on the most sensible of the socket … A tall, good-looking ’faie guy with flowing darkish brown hair stood right here with a gorgeous black-haired girl. They have been either bare and had simply made moved quickly love at the cave flooring surrounded via the whispering spirits of the ancients who’d made this position a sanctuary. She wore just a familiar-looking golden arm ring and now she took it off and gave it to him. He pressed it to his lips as a tear slid down his cheek— “Thero! Thero, are you o.k.? Say anything. ” The wizard opened his eyes slowly to discover himself sitting at the asymmetric flooring subsequent to the pillar, with Alec gripping him via the shoulders. “What’s incorrect? ” “You fell over. ” “How lengthy after I touched the cranium? ” “About part a moment. ” “Interesting. I had a longer imaginative and prescient simply now. i believe I observed our ghost, and a girl with him. ” Thero defined the imaginative and prescient. “The golden arm ring she wore—I imagine it was once an analogous one woman Zella confirmed us on the governor’s condo. i need to have one other examine it, and notice if any impressions stay as to who the girl used to be. She used to be black-haired, just like the one you defined. might I? ” Alec nodded. Thero brushed his brain and observed a similar girl he’d simply witnessed in his imaginative and prescient, notwithstanding in Alec’s brain she used to be clothed in a pink costume. “Yes, it was once her. ” Alec frowned. “The necromancer used to be the ’faie man’s lover? ” “That’s the way it seemed, however it used to be a truly short imaginative and prescient. ” “Does that make any experience to you? I suggest, did she aid him seal her in? ” “It’s much more likely he tricked her. ” “That doesn’t clarify who set the seal at the different aspect. ” “No, it doesn’t. ” Thero stood and approached the cranium back. attaining into the attention socket, he closed his eyes … He used to be having a look down into her eyes. Deep blue eyes the colour of the summer time sky. She used to be basically Tírfaie, yet she spoke Aurënfaie as she appeared up at him and acknowledged, “I love you, Khazireen.