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By Guy Gavriel Kay
For the Northern mercenary referred to as Blaise, it all started with the dying of a king and betrayal within the kind of a peace treaty. Wandering in self-imposed exile, he may trip to the dominion of Arbonne, the place the courtroom of affection made warriors bow to troubadours, and a well-sung ballad used to be valued as hugely as a skillfully swung sword. yet Arbonne used to be a realm, torn by way of an historical feud among its strongest dukes and coveted as a prize through the land during which Blaise himself had grown to manhood. And no one—except maybe Arbonne’s goddess—could forsee that one Northern mercenary may perhaps turn into the most important to Arbonne’s destiny....
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Clergy of every kind appeared to have it as a collective caliber. the sort of days, notwithstanding, he was once going to need to attempt to tackle whyhe used to be so reluctant to pay extra awareness to the gossip, or perhaps the geography and divisions of land right here in Arbonne. at the back of the priestess he observed 3 different small boats being drawn up at the shore. women and men within the gowns of Rian disembarked and made their away over the grass to the place the useless have been mendacity. They all started lifting the our bodies and sporting them again to the boats. Blaise glanced over his shoulder to the place the Arimondan lay beside his slain horse. He became again to the priestess. "Tell me, will Rian welcome akin to he? " She didn't smile. "She waits for him," the priestess stated evenly, "as she waits for we all. Welcome and beauty are different issues completely. " Her darkish eyes held his personal till Blaise seemed away, past her, earlier the isle within the lake, to the place a citadel should be noticeable at the northern shore. She grew to become and his gaze. "We will take you for those who like," she acknowledged, striking him. "Unless you will want certainly one of their horses for your self? " Blaise shook his head. "The just one worthy having used to be killed via its rider. " He felt a bitter enjoyment all of sudden. "I might be thankful for passage. does not it appear apt ... that I should still arrive at Talair fort in a craft of the goddess? " "More apt than you know," she acknowledged, now not responding to his tone all. She gestured, and of the monks moved to assemble Blaise's armour and items from the useless pony. Blaise himself took his saddle from his mount and, following the tall, narrow kind of the priestess, walked over grass and stone to her boat. They placed his apparatus on board in addition, after which the craft used to be driven freed from the shore and with the west wind within the one sail and the solar low now at the back of them it went skimming around the waters of Lake Dierne. As they approached the citadel, Blaise registered with a practised, approving eye how good defended it was once, poised on a crag above the lake with the water coming round on 3 facets and a deep moat carved to the north. A cluster of fellows had come all the way down to the pier to attend for them. there has been one other boat already there, with clergymen and a priestess in it; tidings could have preceded them then. As they drew close to Blaise famous Valery, Bertran's cousin, after which, unusually, Bertran himself improved to smartly seize the rope thrown through the priest on the prow. The duke of Talair crouched to tie their craft to an iron ring set within the wood dock, then he straightened, having a look expressionlessly at Blaise. there has been no trace in his gaze of the eerie, late-night intimacy in their final dialog. Twenty-three years, Blaise remembered, all at once. the very last thing he'd heard this guy say, in the dead of night of a stairway, talking of a girl some time past: lots longer than i presumed i might reside. "Welcome to Talair," Bertran stated. The scar on his cheek used to be in demand within the transparent mild. He was once dressed a lot as he have been while he got here to Baude, in a coran's garments made for the outside.