By Sebastien de Castell

Tristia is a country triumph over via intrigue and corruption. The idealistic younger King Paelis is lifeless and the Greatcoats - mythical traveling magistrates who introduced justice to the dominion - were branded as traitors. yet prior to his head was once impaled on a spike, the King swore each one of his hundred and forty-four Greatcoats to another undertaking.

Falcio Val Mond, First Cantor, with the aid of fellow Greatcoats Kest and Brasti, has accomplished his King's ultimate job: he has came upon his Charoites - good, one at the least, and she or he was once now not particularly what they anticipated. Now they need to guard the lady from the various who could see her useless, and position her at the throne of a lawless nation. that might be uncomplicated adequate, if it weren't for the Daishini, an both mythical band of assassins, stepping into their method, to not put out of your mind the Dukes who're decided to carry directly to their fractured Kingdoms, or the truth that the inheritor to the throne is just 13 years previous. Oh, and the poison that's slowly killing Falcio.

That's no longer even declaring the Greatcoat's Lament...

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His personal feelings could not be allowed to conflict with his duty as Councilor. He was Melora's nearest living kinsman; the duty he had shirked, for whatever good reason, had been done instead by women. That could not be easy for a Hastur to swallow. "Kinsman, that is of little moment now. " Jerana asked. " Rohana glanced uneasily at Jaelle. Jerana should have had tact enough to send the child away before discussing her future before her; but it was not for Rohana to suggest it. Jerana said, "Oh, they can be fostered somewhere.

But, too late, it occurred to her that she had, perhaps, let Montray in for trouble on the Darkovan side. Terrans were not precisely popular in the Old Town, and the sight of a Terran escorting a respectable Darkovan female could indeed causev some trouble, if some Darkovan hothead wanted to take advantage of it. This is idiotic. I know fifteen times as much about Darkover as Montray ever will; yet by strict protocol I'm not even qualified to be an official translator, far less for any position more advanced than that; just because I'm a woman, and Darkover is a world where women don't hold such positions.

She could see faint beads of perspiration along the lady's hairline; whether from nervousness or from the heat of Montray's office-or both-she could not tell. "Chance resemblance? Impossible, my child. " "It is not rare among Terrans, my Lady," Magda said. (She had known this; Peter had made jokes of it. " She broke off as Bethany came in, took the small solido and personnel printout that bore a color photo of Peter Haldane. She handed them to Lady Rohana without comment. Rohana studied them a moment, then looked up, her face gone white.

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