By Sara Douglass
Epic delusion within the culture of Trudi Canavan, Fiona McIntosh and Robert Jordan. one thousand years in the past, the folks of Achar drove the Forbidden from their lands. yet now the northern tribes of the Ravensbund are fleeing south back, with nightmarish stories of creatures who feed upon the fear in their prey. iciness has come early, and with it the promise of struggle. Axis, bastard son of the lifeless Princess Rivkah, is distributed north to the battlefront at Gorkenfort along with his elite Axe-Wielders. as soon as there, he needs to give up command to his hated half-brother, Borneheld, Duke of Ichar and inheritor to the throne. yet in the course of the lengthy trip Axis falls in love with Faraday -- Borneheld's betrothed -- and unearths himself reassessing the very essence of his ideals. With the destiny of the area putting within the stability, Axis needs to unite the feuding lands less than one banner earlier than it truly is too past due and the evil emerging within the north engulfs all of them for solid.
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Faraday was not only pleasing to the eye but would bring rich lands to her marriage. Borneheld had not had to think overly hard about the offer. "The honour is all mine," Borneheld replied after some considerable thought. Gautier grinned behind his master's back! That was the most courtly phrase he had heard pass Borneheld's lips in a number of years. Borneheld was always more comfortable cursing his soldiers than passing pleasant conversation with well-bred women. " Isend stepped forward. "I know how busy the Duke of Ichtar is, Faraday, so perhaps we can proceed with the ceremony.
He stared sightlessly ahead, oblivious to Borneheld's reaction, but after a moment he half turned his head towards Jayme and gropingly placed his own hand on top of the Brother-Leader's where it rested on his arm. "It's all right," he murmured. Borneheld, still with one hand raised, took a step towards his half-brother. " he whispered incredulously, his face slowly turning dark red. "Is that how you react to the news that some demon-spawned fiends have stolen my mother's body? " He kicked his chair away from his feet and took a step towards Axis.
It appears that the attack on Magariz was only a blind for the real attack - a ruse to keep the garrison's attention focused inwards. " Jayme groaned and gripped the top of the table. If these creatures had penetrated into the heart of the highly defended Gorkenfort, then what they could have done in the brothers' Retreat horrified him. Priam looked at Jayme. "Brother-Leader, I am most sorry, but most of the brothers were slaughtered as they sought to flee. Only two escaped with their lives. The carriage was .