The Shadow Sorceress: The Fourth Book of the Spellsong Cycle

By L. E. Modesitt. Jr.

L.E. Modesitt, Jr., has built a large readership along with his renowned delusion novels set within the universe of Recluce. With greater than one million copies in print, he keeps to construct a considerable viewers with every 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 tune is the automobile 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 army 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 energy and accountability whilst her mentor, Anna, the mythical Sorceress Protector of Defalk and the heroine of the unique trilogy, dies suddenly sooner than Secca's education as a grasp magic wielder is at any place close to complete.

Despite her reservations about the talents and energy of the ruler of the dominion, Secca needs to instantly take command of all her magical assets to assist suppress inner dissension in a neighboring province. Then she needs to rally power allies to boost the naval siege laid on Nordwei through the ocean monks, who convey with them a brand new type of drumming magic that threatens the stability of strength on the planet, portending threat and destruction no longer imagined for decades.

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

Coping with those demanding situations, Secca proves herself greater than only a fast research; she has turn into a lady with a unlimited potential for braveness, own progress, and fearless dedication to survival and combating the nice fight.

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Elfens. I simply desired to see the way you and your archers have been doing. there has been person who took a shaft within the thigh…” “Weald is using, and will use his bow. Sore, that he's. ” Elfens cocked his lengthy face. “You will want us opposed to the Sturinnese in Elahwa? ” “I might imagine so. they're going to have thunder-drums. ” Secca flashed a wry smile. “I could also be in a position to take into accout the necessity for the arrow spell. ” “We can be prepared, woman. ” Elfens provided one other of the sweeping bows that will were a mockery from a person however the long-faced archer.

There are frowns round the desk, yet none will communicate to the Council chief. seventy nine Secca glanced round the nook of the general public room of the Copper Pot, a room guarded by way of her lancers and containing basically officials, the 2 leader gamers, either sorceresses, and Haddev. A low moaning proven that the wind nonetheless blew, even though the snow had stopped falling earlier than it turned greater than knee-deep. The scrying replicate lay within the middle of a sq. darkish oak desk. The red-haired sorceress picked up the lutar, checked the strings, and commenced the spell.

Ship a messenger, Melcar,” Secca repeated. “We will journey to the decrease ridge past bowshot of the continue partitions. ” Melcar half-bowed within the saddle sooner than turning his mount. lower than part a pitcher later, Secca, Richina, and the gamers have been dismounting on an increase that was once slightly that, the place they regarded as much as the grey stone partitions of the maintain. Richina glanced from the preserve to Secca after which again to the gamers, who have been commencing to music their tools. “The wind isn't that strong,” Secca saw, strolling ahead at the upward thrust.

Alongside the way in which, she turned strong. yet she nonetheless helped humans. She restored Defalk and gave a much better land again to Lord Robero. “She used to be now not ideal. i can't say she was once, yet i'm going to say that by no means has Defalk or Liedwahr had a ruler so strong who was once additionally so reliable. She got here from one other international, yet she made Loiseau and Mencha and Defalk her domestic. ” Secca paused. With every one sentence, the phrases received tougher, and her eyes blurred extra. “Because of her, all of us have what we've got. as a result of her, we've seen approximately a ranking of years of peace and prosperity in a land that scarce knew weeks of peace ahead of her.

I do know adequate to grasp I’d be unsatisfied with out the Harmonies. Jyrll…he loves the land and the folks. He’ll take heed to me, if it involves that, yet he wouldn’t do something to harm humans, other than to forestall a better harm. ” Secca puzzled if Richina hadn’t simply summarized ruling—do no damage other than to prevent a better evil. “You’ll be alright. ” Secca rose. “I understand. ” Richina smiled wanly. “Thank you, woman. ” After Secca closed Richina’s door, she walked farther down the decrease corridor—away from the access hall—and stepped out the facet door into the cool evening air that had descended upon Loiseau and taken a relax into the courtyard.

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