By Mazarkis Williams
Mazarkis William’s debut novel, The Emperor's Knife, used to be praised for its unique settings, gripping intrigue, and shiny, full-blooded characters. Now Williams returns to the luxurious palaces and treacherous again alleys of the Cerani Empire, the place intrigue, ardour, and unsafe magic threaten the very soul of a newly-crowned emperor.
After spending so much of his lifestyles in captivity and solitude, Sarmin now sits upon the Petal Throne of Cerana. yet his reign is an uneasy one. formidable generals and stressed squaddies wish struggle at any expense. An insidious overseas faith stirs worry one of the humans and the courtroom. And the emperor's personal middle is torn among very diverse girls: Mesema, a Windreader princess of the northern plains, and Grada, a lowborn untouchable with whom Sarmin stocks a special bond. A natural-born mage, Sarmin additionally consists of inside him a throng of bodiless spirits whose conflicting stories and wishes strength him to salary a personal conflict for his sanity.
In occasions prior, a royal murderer referred to as the Emperor's Knife served because the prepared fringe of justice, protecting the throne from any and all menaces, however the final Knife has perished and his successor has but to be named. For his personal security, and that of the empire, Sarmin needs to decide upon his personal unswerving death-dealer... yet upon whom may be he bestow the bloody burden of the Knife-Sworn?
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The priest had sought her out to give her his sympathies on the death of her brother. The only Rederni aside from Tier who had. She hadn’t been quite sure how to deal with a priest—Travelers had little use for the minions of the gods—but he’d seemed like a good person. ” “It must have been more than that,” Seraph said thoughtfully. ” She put them against her face and rubbed against them like a cat, soaking in the warmth that emanated from the battered wood. “Old wooden beads,” she said. “I can’t tell exactly how old, but they’ve been given in love and worn that way for a long, long time.
When she managed it at last, Ushireh’s body sat up in the pyre, and his head turned until he could ﬁx his glowing eyes on her. Seraph shrank back and tried to close her eyes. As if in death he’d acquired the magic he’d so envied her in life, his will kept her from looking away from him. “You left me,” he said. “You left your duty. ” She awoke with a gasp and a cry and was gathered into warm arms and rocked gently. 44 Pa t r i c i a B r i g g s “Shh,” said Tier, “it was a dream. ” She buried her head in his shoulder and gave up a lifetime of self-control to sob raggedly against him.
I won’t tell anyone else,” she said. ” She glanced up at the mountains that towered above the narrow trail and shivered. There were not as many thieves in that part of the Empire as there were in the lands to the east where war had driven men off their lands. But Conex the Tinker, who found the dead body beside the trail, was not so honest as all that. He took everything he could ﬁnd of value: two good boots, a bow, a scorched sword with scraps of ﬂesh still clinging to it (he almost left that but greed outweighed squeamishness in the end), a belt, and a silver ring with a bit of onyx stone set in it.