By Fiona McIntosh
The destiny of countries hangs in precarious stability as a tender soldier urgently seeks solutions to a sinister blessing . . . basic Wyl Thirsk of Morgravia has obvious his ally slain, his sister tortured, and his mentor consigned to a definite demise -- all on the sadistic whim of his sovereign, King Celimus. Now Celimus hungrily eyes the neighboring realm, Briavel, and its green Queen Valentyna, pressuring her right into a doomed political marriage -- and thereby forcing Wyl's hand towards war of words and treason, for under he can keep the lady he loves from her hideous destiny. yet future will ship Wyl faraway from the evil machinations of the despicable king. And as conflict threatens from the north, the place the hated King of the Barbarians plots opposed to the south, Wyl needs to locate the mysterious bestower of Myrren's present in a bid to regulate the curse that has thrown his lifestyles into chaos . . . and is intricately and terrifyingly woven into the way forward for 3 geographical regions.
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No amount of shushing or cajoling had prevented Knave from the sudden howling he had taken to that night. Fynch presumed it was to ward off any wolves or poachers, but it was a strange sound, one of despair. Perhaps he was missing Wyl? The dog was closed to him, so he could not work out what was troubling him. Knave did not want to be touched or spoken to and so Fynch had tossed and turned, trying to shut out the terrible keening. Before first light Knave had roused Fynch again. The boy sleepily obeyed and followed.
He would seek an appointment with her majesty immediately. He left Liryk alone with his bleak thoughts and fatigue. When Liryk was shown into her study, he could see Valentyna had not slept well. Her eyes lacked their sparkle. Dark smudges beneath made them appear hollow in the much too pale skin. He wished once again he could escape this task and hoped Krell had forewarned her of the tidings. She was wearing a satin robe and had obviously come in a hurry straight from her chambers, not caring about her state of dress, but then Valentyna never was one for vanity.
One with them. She was now their shield; they were now her secret. Wyl limped to the narrow brook that traveled languorously nearby. It glinted in the silvery light. He threw himself down at its edge and cleansed his mouth. Now he succumbed to the tears; deep, heartfelt sobs shuddered through the body of the woman, but the grief belonged only to Wyl Thirsk. I live, he told himself again, fumbling in his pockets for the linen that held the key to his life. In it lay the bloodied ring finger of Romen Koreldy of Grenadyn: noble, mercenary, and beloved suitor of Queen Valentyna of Briavel.
Blood and Memory (The Quickening, Book 2) by Fiona McIntosh