Shadow Magic (The Lyra Novels)

By Patricia C. Wrede

In the magic woods of Lyra, a noblewoman struggles to flee from a faceless man

Trouble is brewing in Alkyra. whereas the kingdom’s noblemen squabble, on their borders an historical enemy, the Lithmern, increases a military. because the head of the Noble condominium of Brenn makes an attempt to arrange an alliance, the princess Alethia celebrates her 20th birthday. She is a outstanding girl: quick-witted, attractive, and convenient with a throwing knife. yet at the subsequent evening, she passes via a depressing hall on her method to the dinner party corridor, and not emerges from the shadows. The Lithmern have abducted the princess.
 
When Alethia regains realization, an evil Lithmern with a face made from shadows is wearing her throughout the woodland. those are magic woods, domestic to fabled creatures whose life she has consistently doubted. to discover her manner domestic, Alethia must learn how to belief within the outdated stories, whose legends of magic and bold carry the single desire of saving her kingdom.

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Isme smiled, and took his hand in hers. The ceremonial dinner that evening used to be one to rival the legends of the excessive King’s desk. The siege had no longer been long sufficient to significantly decrease the city’s provisions, and nutrients was once abundant, yet what made the banquet really unforgettable was once the presence of the Wyrds and the Shee on the comparable desk because the nobles of Alkyra. on the finish of the dinner, the weary architects of the day’s victory retired to a wide room at the 3rd ground of Styr Tel to debate the occasions of the day. Sounds of revelry drifted as much as the open home windows, in sharp distinction to the formality of the corporate assembled there. on the head of the lengthy desk Bracor sat with the woman Isme, either donning the wine-red colours of the home Tel’anh. On their correct have been Herre, within the complete red gowns of a Lord consultant, and the Shee basic and of his aides, implementing within the black and silver uniform of Iniscara’s guards. throughout from the Shee have been the Alkyran Lords, Armin and Gahlon donning the colours in their homes. Har, Maurin, and Jordet, additionally in formal gown, sat round the foot of the desk. basically Grathwol and Murn checked out all like their ordinary selves; the Wyrds had positioned away their bows and quivers for the assembly, yet that was once all. “I imagine we could begin,” Bracor acknowledged whilst all people used to be assembled. “First, i have to thanks back in your relief. It used to be winning past expectation. ” “Beyond expectation, indeed,” muttered Armin with an uneasy examine the Shee. Herre smiled with courtesy. “And I thanks to your welcome,” he stated officially. He paused. “I desire we'd anticipate your assistance have been we in comparable straits, and the Queen has the same opinion. ” A surprising silence fell, brittle as glass. The Shee commander had simply proposed a proper alliance among Eveleth and Brenn, and all eyes grew to become to Bracor for his reaction to the unforeseen suggestion. “I savour your offer,” Bracor stated finally. “But i don't be aware of if i will settle for it, a lot as i want to. ” A murmur gone through the Shee, and Bracor raised a hand. “Let me clarify. “Brenn isn't a loose urban, yet a part of Alkyra, topic to the Conclave of First Lords and the Regent of Alkyra. i will not communicate for the Regent or the Conclave, and that i can't make a compact outdoor of our land with no their approval. to take action have been treason. but such an alliance may certainly be of profit to either our peoples. i don't know,” Bracor accomplished, a bothered glance on his face. “I have no idea. ” “The Conclave be hanged! ” exploded Armin. “What aid have they given us opposed to the Lithmern? ” “Little adequate, ’tis true,” Bracor spoke back. “But…” “There might be no ‘buts,’” Armin acknowledged emphatically. “Will you allow the Lithmern damage your urban and us with you whereas the Conclave considers? ” “Armin is right,” Gahlon acknowledged quietly. “No topic what your arguments, the 1st Lords won't approve this alliance. And with out it, Alkyra will fall. ” “What! ” stated numerous voices jointly. Isme leaned ahead because the stir subsided. “Perhaps you may clarify additional, Lord Gahlon,” she acknowledged flippantly.

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