The Shadow Sorceress: The Fourth Book of the Spellsong Cycle

By L. E. Modesitt. Jr.

L.E. Modesitt, Jr., has built a large readership together with his well known myth 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 inventive international the place song is the motor vehicle 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 all started within the first Spellsong trilogy yet specializes in the demanding situations dealing with Secca, now a tender Sorceress. She is thrust right into a place of strength and accountability while 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 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 strength allies to raise the naval siege laid on Nordwei by means of the ocean clergymen, who carry with them a brand new form of drumming magic that threatens the stability of strength on the earth, portending possibility 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 so one can store her ruler and his state, shape alliances with unfriendly strength allies, and mediate strength struggles between formidable and disparate societies. even as she discovers an unforeseen probability for romance and companionship in an international the place few males are clever sufficient to price girls as whatever greater than other halves, mistresses, or mothers.

Coping with those demanding situations, Secca proves herself greater than only a quickly examine; she has develop into a lady with a unlimited means for braveness, own progress, and fearless dedication to survival and battling the nice fight.

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Nonetheless, good fortune had aided Jolyn, good fortune and the truth that nobody in Fussen had ever noticeable the sorceress. Secca straightened within the saddle. The gray’s hoofs clopped at the soft stones of the line, the sound sharp regardless of the low moaning of the wind that looked as if it would foreshadow an extended and chilly iciness. The chilly haze above the horizon used to be thick adequate to have swallowed the disk of the brilliant moon Clearsong, even though it will be atmosphere presently at the least. Beside Secca rode Richina, silent for the instant, wrapped in a blue leather-based jacket just like Secca’s eco-friendly jacket. sooner than them rode Quebar and Savyn, one of many squad leaders of the crimson corporation. on the head of the column was once a unmarried lancer bearing the blue banner with the 2 gold musical notes upon it that signified that Secca was once a sorceress of Defalk—the banner that were Anna’s. Palian and Delvor Secca and Richina. Secca’s eyes dropped from the haze above the horizon to the large street that stretched—straight as a quarrel—from Sorprat to Pamr. The stones have been even and point, and confirmed no signal of damage, and the line itself used to be a relentless 8 yards wide—enough for the biggest wagons to go aspect by way of part. A faint smile crossed Secca’s lips. The lowland part have been one of many final paved among Mencha and Falcor, and it were the 1st significant sorcery Anna had permit Secca do. greater than fifteen years later, her paintings appeared virtually new. Then, so did the roads performed through Anna, Clayre, and Jolyn. They nonetheless hadn’t complete the community laid out through Anna, yet there have been accomplished metaled roads working from Falcor to the borders of Defalk in all of the cardinal instructions, in addition to a number of others. prior to lengthy, Secca will be operating with Richina on road-and bridge-building, maybe at the beginning at the final portion of the line among Mencha and the River Chean bridge. With in simple terms six deks or so that you can whole, possibly she and Richina may well end it earlier than summer time. The northern part, from the north facet of the River Chean to the Fal River and Elhi, were one of many first roads paved via sorcery. “Lady, how for much longer? ” requested Richina quietly. “Two glasses, if we’re now not stopped within the city. ” She smiled. “Kysar can be in Fussen, you recognize, for the social gathering? ” “He’s now not for me, whether mom has a tender spot for woman Herene,” Richina spoke back. “She was once your mother’s first warder and teach. ” “They’ve remained associates, and that i like Kysar good adequate, yet he’s too fascinating. ” Like his father, Secca idea, nodding, reflecting that Anna have been shrewdpermanent to maintain Falar from ever controlling a protecting at once. “Irenia is the only I’d fairly see. She’s like woman Herene,” Richina additional. “I proposal she was once in Falcor. ” “She left. Her final scroll acknowledged Counselor Dythya advised her she was once able to paintings as an assistant saalmeister. She’s hoping Lord Tiersen or Lord Kinor will permit her teach of their holds. ” “Something’s headed our approach, lady,” provided Quebar. Secca squinted, attempting to make out the item at the highway forward, an item that resolved itself right into a huge long-haul trader’s wagon, one relocating speedy eastward.

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