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By L. E. Modesitt. Jr.

L.E. Modesitt, Jr., has built a large readership together with his renowned fable novels set within the universe of Recluce. With greater than 1000000 copies in print, he keeps to construct a considerable viewers with each one new quantity. He widened that viewers with the 1st 3 volumes of the Spellsong Cycle set in a compelling and creative global the place track is the car for the production and wielding of magic. He now returns to that universe for a brand new sequence of stories starring a brand new heroine who needs to face a succession of lethal political and armed forces threats.

The Shadow Sorceress continues the tale started within the first Spellsong trilogy yet makes a speciality of the demanding situations dealing with Secca, now a tender Sorceress. She is thrust right into a place of strength and accountability whilst her mentor, Anna, the mythical Sorceress Protector of Defalk and the heroine of the unique trilogy, dies abruptly prior to Secca's education as a grasp magic wielder is anyplace close to complete.

Despite her reservations in regards to the abilities and power of the ruler of the dominion, Secca needs to instantly take command of all her magical assets to aid suppress inner dissension in a neighboring province. Then she needs to rally power allies to boost the naval siege laid on Nordwei by way of the ocean clergymen, who convey with them a brand new form of drumming magic that threatens the stability of energy on this planet, portending risk and destruction now not imagined for decades.

Secca learns to struggle battles with sorcerous abilities she hasn't ever used prior to, whereas top a military for the 1st time. She needs to grasp international relations with a purpose to keep her ruler and his nation, shape alliances with unfriendly capability allies, and mediate strength struggles between bold and disparate societies. while she discovers an unforeseen probability for romance and companionship in an international the place few males are clever sufficient to price girls as something greater than better halves, mistresses, or mothers.

Coping with those demanding situations, Secca proves herself greater than only a speedy learn; she has turn into a girl with a unlimited means for braveness, own progress, and fearless dedication to survival and struggling with the great fight.

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Simply after, truly. ” Kestrin pauses. “Does it now not appear unusual that she and father died inside weeks of one another? ” “Given that they have been the best rulers in Liedwahr,” Bassil says slowly, “and on condition that now we have a global governed by way of unseen Harmonies, maybe it was once no longer so unusual. ” “Was she that groovy? ” Bassil pauses, nearly imperceptibly. “Greater than that, sire. ” “Greater than my father? ” “Not in Mansuur, sire. ” Kestrin laughs. “Father warned me approximately you, Bassil. He acknowledged you will inform me the reality no matter if I loved it or now not, and that the extra questions I requested whose solutions I didn’t like, the extra I’d comprehend. ” Bassil smiles, no longer rather indulgently. “How nice used to be she? ” “Great sufficient that, had she extra years and kids, all Liedwahr will be united and at peace. ” Bassil shrugs. “That is yet my negative opinion, sire. ” “You don’t imagine a lot of Lord Robero, do you? ” “He is able adequate that he understood to alter his identify and that he listens to his sorceresses and his consort, they usually seem such a lot able. And there are extra sorceresses in Defalk than in all of Liedwahr. They teach others, in addition. ” “So…perhaps the long-departed Lord Ehara was once correct, that the lads of Liedwahr might be governed by way of ladies? ” “No, sire. There can't be adequate sorceresses to rule that manner, and in all lands there are women of the Shadows who oppose sorcery. but in spite of such competition, there could be sufficient sorceresses that it'll be risky for lords and holders to abuse ladies. ” Kestrin nods. “We can't switch that, by some means. What of Lord excessive Counselor Hanfor? ” “He is a so much able guy tasked with governing a land that despises skill in whatever yet intrigue and plotting. with no your sister, he might have had a way more tricky time. ” “Father and that i have been happy that labored out. He looks a great guy, and Aerlya is excited. ” “Your sister used to be such a lot lucky. ” Bassil waits. Kestrin lifts the quick scroll. “I’ve learn this numerous occasions. there's one query that continues to be unanswered. How did a complete corporation of lancers vanish? the place did they cross? ” The older overcaptain shrugs. “Sire, i don't understand. nobody is aware. ” “You’re telling me corporation of Mansuuran lancers stationed on port responsibility at Hafen simply vanished? And my wretched seers can't locate them? ” “No, sire. ” Kestrin smiles lazily. “What ships ported there? ” “Ah…the port records—” “—are missing,” concludes the Liedfuhr. “The lancers are on a boat, simply because that’s the single position the place a seer could have difficulty discovering them. anyone got them—and their captain—and they need to make difficulty. It should be the Sea-Priests. ” He palms his chin. “Where? Can’t be Defalk…no ports. may be Nordwei…or Neserea or Ebra. not really Dumar. ” “Nordwei? ” “Just how might I clarify to the complain investors of Wei that I had no regulate over my very own lancers when they raided or sacked a few outlying port like Lundholn? ” “Dumar is the weakest land of all these bordering Mansuur,” Bassil issues out. “True adequate, even though with out the sorceress-protectors of Defalk, Ebra would definitely be a ripe plum able to fall, but…” Kestrin frowns.

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