By Guy Gavriel Kay
In response to the troubadour tradition that rose in Provence in the course of the excessive heart a long time, this panoramic, soaking up novel superbly creates another model of the medieval world.
The matriarchal, cultured land of Arbonne is lease by way of a feud among its strongest dukes, the noble troubador Bertran de Talair and Urte de Miraval, over long-dead Aelis, lover of 1, spouse of the opposite and as soon as inheritor to the country's throne.
To the north lies militaristic Gorhaut, whose population worship the militant god Corannos and are governed by way of corrupt, womanizing King Ademar. His leader consultant, the excessive priest of Corannos, is set to irradicate the worship of a feminine deity, whose fans stay to the south.
Into this cauldron of brewing catastrophe comes the mysterious Gorhaut mercenary Blaise, who takes provider with Bertran and averts an try on his existence. The revelation of Blaise's lineage and a declare for sanctuary by way of his sister-in-law units the level for a brutal conflict among the 2 cultures. Intertwined is the story of a tender lady troubadour whose position indicates the sweep of the drama to return.
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Compared to the suntanned perfection of Missy and her friends, Ruth looked plain with her pale skin, wire-rimmed glasses, and basic T-shirt and jeans. But I knew that she hid a quiet prettiness behind that camouflage; it was just that she hated any kind of attention, even the positive variety. “I think the bell’s about to ring, Ellie,” she said. Our first class was AP English, and rumor had it that the tough Miss Taunton was a stickler for timeliness. Before I could respond, Missy swatted her hand in the air.
I heard Principal Robbins greet the incoming class of juniors and welcome back the seniors, but I wasn’t really listening. I heard the crowd laugh politely at some lame joke the principal told, and I smiled along with them as if I were paying attention. But all I could hear and see and feel was Michael. Principal Robbins introduced the vice principal, and quiet fell over the crowd while he walked across the stage to the podium. In that brief silence, Michael leaned toward me. I could feel his warm breath on my cheek, and I wondered what he was going to do or say.
I settled back into my little nook and waited. I would give her one more minute before I snagged one of the few open seats nearby. At this point, she’d have to understand. Without warning, I felt a presence in my dark alcove. I hadn’t seen anyone approach my little corner, so I was confused by the sensation. I looked around. But there was no one standing to my left or right. Then I felt a hand on the small of my back. The light pressure sent chills up my spine, and my heart started racing. I did not need to turn around to see who it was.