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 fable 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 inventive international the place song is the car for the construction 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 began 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 strength and accountability while her mentor, Anna, the mythical Sorceress Protector of Defalk and the heroine of the unique trilogy, dies all at once prior to Secca's education as a grasp magic wielder is wherever close to complete.

Despite her reservations in regards to the abilities and power 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 raise the naval siege laid on Nordwei by way of the ocean clergymen, who deliver with them a brand new type of drumming magic that threatens the stability of energy on the planet, portending probability 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 on the way to store her ruler and his nation, shape alliances with unfriendly power allies, and mediate energy struggles between bold and disparate societies. even as she discovers an unforeseen likelihood for romance and companionship in a global the place few males are clever sufficient to price ladies as whatever greater than better halves, mistresses, or mothers.

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

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Now not but. Secca swallowed back, blinking again tears, sensing, realizing that there has been not anything she may well do—not that Anna might have authorised. So gentle used to be Anna’s respiring that Secca hadn’t been yes she might recognize while the light blonde girl at the excessive mattress stopped respiring. She needn’t have worried…because a protracted and coffee chord, ideal in concord, stuffed the room, if yet for a undying immediate. Even the sorcery-warmed air flowing from the window louvers halted for a second. Secca stood, bent ahead, and provided a final kiss. She came upon she wasn’t crying. possibly the time for tears have been past, after she had stumbled on Anna collapsed beside the reflecting pool within the domed construction that were the elder sorceress’s operating area. Secca had introduced Anna again to her chamber, fearing the worst, because it had occurred. There will be extra tears later. That she additionally knew. Richina used to be status on the foot of the mattress, sobbing silently. at the back of the sorceress and the apprentice, the door opened quietly. The red-haired sorceress grew to become. So did Richina. figures stood within the doorway—the graying saalmeister Halde and the white-haired loved ones head Florenda. “We heard…like a unmarried be aware of farewell. ” Florenda’s voice broke at the final be aware. Halde nodded. He swallowed wordlessly. Secca back the nod. Richina additionally swallowed, blotting her eyes. The 4 stood in silence, a protracted silence following a unmarried harmonic chord that had introduced an exceptional loss to Erde, a loss so nice that even those that had by no means heard the chords of concord had performed so. 10 Wei, Nordwei The dark-haired seer enters the learn and bows to the Council chief. “Leader Ashtaar…” “I comprehend. I heard the Harmonies chime. ” Ashtaar brushes again a lock of good silver hair. Her eyes are actually as darkish as as soon as her hair used to be, and black circles ring these eyes, eyes set in a finely wrinkled epidermis, yet her voice is obvious and difficult. “The sorceress simply breathed her last,” broadcasts the seer, her face contorted in confusion, “moments in the past. ” “You imagine the Harmonies wouldn't mark her passing, Escadra? ” Ashtaar blinks, as though anything has annoyed her eyes, and he or she blots them with a depressing eco-friendly fabric. Escadra lowers her head, her faded grey eyes at the eco-friendly and maroon carpet that covers the polished stones of the learn flooring. “I am sorry to have stricken you, chief Ashtaar. ” “I requested you to allow me recognize, and you've got. ” Ashtaar gestures to 1 of the polished wood armchairs around the ebony table from her. “Sit down. ” The slightest frown creases Escadra’s brow, then vanishes because the chunky seer seats herself. “You are what…a ranking much less a 12 months? ” asks the older girl. “Yes, your Mightiness. ” “All your lifestyles you might have heard of the Sorceress of Defalk, that forbidding presence from the Mist Worlds. Is that no longer so? ” Escadra nods. “How she buried hundreds and hundreds of rankings of armsmen lower than lakes, entombed the Evult of Ebra with molten rock, killed each final guy in a city that revolted? Or how she pulled down a complete urban upon its blameless population to damage the Lord of Dumar?

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