Barthos curse his lands and wither his trees! Father sputtered, face flushed.
Why come all this way to rant about a dead concubine? Janek asked.
He dared accuse me of carelessness, Father said. Princess Nabelle and her
have always been safe here.
Captain Veralla grabbed Mielles arm, then Trevns. Here youll both wait with
until we return. Ill leave three more guards with you.
But we want to come! Mielle said.
Out of the question, Veralla told her. He turned his authoritative gaze on
Not me! Grayson sprinted away.
Onika merely stared at Kal with those fathomless eyes. Your realm is in
must take word to your prince if your people hope to survive the coming
Soothsayers have been predicting the fall of Armania fo
Hello there, cat, he said, reaching down to pet it. The dune cat arched its spine
Kals hand and twisted through his legs again. Kal smiled, intrigued by the
Thats mine! The boy shot out of the cave and grabbed hold of the sack. Kal
the crowd, a small child thrown over one shoulder.
Ask the driver to call the watch, Trevn told Mielle. Cadoc, with me! He
after the man. Passed by shops, taverns, and into the bedlam of noise and people
the market, then out into a dank
mantic who had binged on evenroot? Surely not. Such a person would have
The woman looked at himor through himas if she didnt see him at all. He
marveled at the gem-like quality of her eyes and studied the rest of her. She
Indeed we will. Mother pointed through the vestibule that led into the west
After you, my son.
Trevn walked as slowly as he could to his fathers apartment. The dead newt
hung in a
bundled handkerchief Mielle had tied to his belt. His feet were damp
like him, and Vallah nothing but a pawn in his quest to dominate the Five
Ulrik nodded. When will we leave?
Tonight. I will come just after night bells.
Dinner with Father. Thats the last time well see him? Ulrik asked.
Im afraid so, Inolah said.
others. Arman warns you by weakening the source of your violence, but you
press on to
do the will of hatred. You must submit to him in order to be free.
Kal had no response to that.
You should speak with Jhorn about the war, Onika said. Many soldiers
Kal drew his finger across his lips and pulled his sword.
A boy scampered up the steps like a nimble squirrel. He was slight, maybe as
twelve. He caught sight of Kal and slowed, eyes wider than a camels as they
Kals scars. One glance a
She knew about the rune, Kal said. This mission was dangerous from the
this woman could take us to one who could give us the answers we seek with no
Breaking into a prison is more trouble than facing a mantic, Novan said. Plus
that protruded from the skeleton of the wall. Pull down to open the door. Pull
up to close
it again. Her fingers moved to the slot. Always look before entering.
Inolah peered through the slot. The room was vast and bright. A dark shape
across the w
A few minutes later, four men boarded. They wore long-sleeved tunics and
protect themselves from any splash from the poison water. Wymer came out of
and greeted them. The men picked up longpoles from the floor along the rails,
She snatched it back. Just a luck charm to ward off evil. Please excuse me.
curtsied again and stalked away.
A luck charm? Trevn supposed that Lady Lebetta might have drawn such a mark
lay dying. Halfway down the hall, Eudora looked back and th
Novan rode behind the odd threesome. The red lake came into view again, but
they headed toward it, keeping to the outskirts of the city. Soon the walls of
Lifton rose up
on their right. Shadows of clouds muted the heat of the sun and reflected o
poured stone, which came from a special white sand only found around
produced a substance much lighter than concrete or bricks and was used for
boats, and Rurekaus famous stoneclad warships.
Kal was thankful they had bypassed Lifton.
Livy and their infant son.
Butchered in their beds.
One blink. Two. Kal felt himself slipping back in time to that night. It was all
He gauged his enemy. A shard club swung from the mans belt. The polished
hardwood was lined wit
way to escape with her children before Nazer ruined them all.
Trevn was late. He ran through the castle with Cadoc and Hinck close behind.
requested he meet her in the market square before their visit to Cape Waldemar.
Apparently she had
grabbed her braids in his fist and tugged. You saw the boys? How?
Had the maidservant told? You have no right to keep them from me.
I have every right. You have poisoned them against me for the last time. Bring
A guard entered the room, holding Valla
only hope my loved ones are in Sarikar when it happens.
Now, see here, Jorger
The Sarikarian king turned his back and walked away. Two of his Royal Guards
followed him. That man tires me, he mumbled. I shall rest before dinner. He
face-to-face with T
Oh. What an awkward thing to say. She stepped back until her legs struck the
shed been sitting on.
Janek stepped closer. Trevn cannot legally have you, but I can. And I share
with my brothers. He whispered, I gifted Trevn my concubines to
already leaking from Mielles eyes as Zeroah pulled her toward the exit.
Princess Nabelle joined them a moment later and called for a carriage.
We have stayed at the castle long enough, she declared.
As they waited, the princess demanded Mielle repeat Sr J
Your Highness, wait. Cadoc stopped beside him, looked over the edge
could have a band of outlaws in there.
There is another way, Mielle said.
Trevn spun around, livid that she had followed. You were meant to remain with
Im a prophet. My foreknowledge comes from Arman alone. I need no
see what he shows me. If we hurry, we can reach the lake before sohar and hire
And where are we going? Kal asked.
To Kaptar, to the man who will translate your rune. Th
right hand hung useless. When he finally looked around, the camels stood
Novan and the boy were gone.
He ran down the stepwell stairs, sword in his left hand, hoping he wouldnt need
Beneath the ground the air instantly cooled. The
visitors. No messages. He lowered his voice and glared down on Inolah. Try
to see my
sons again without permission and your nurse dies.
You go too far, Inolah rasped. Against the Rurekan constitution, against the
with Armania and the mother realm
That would be better, I think, Mielle said.
You could serve Grandmother too, if you want.
Thank you, but I adore Lady Zeroah. She needs me. Once she and Sr Wilek
Ill no longer work for Princess Nabelle.
So we bide our time in secret? Trevn asked, l
your face? My parents gave me up, afraid of my rash. I dont blame them,
though. I bet
people are afraid of you too. I sure was. Weve been waiting for you all year.
thought youd come by now. Expected you last spring.
Grayson, Onika said.
Were going w
herself, scampered toward the mouth of the river hole, turned back, and raised
Giving up so easily? she asked.
He sank to his backside and leaned against the curved wall, stretching out his
she wanted to, she would come back. He hop
Im a Renegade because I care for orphans? Mielle asked.
Not only that. Youre honest and brave. You would never pass by a wrong
speaking out or helping. You do what you believe is right, no matter who stands
Mielle set her forehead aga