Shadowheart (Shadowmarch, Book 4) by Tad Williams

By Tad Williams

"When it involves inventing new worlds, he's as expert as J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert." -Christopher Paolini, bestselling writer of Eragon.

Southmarch fortress is set to be stuck among implacable enemies, the traditional, immortal Qar and the insane god-king, the Autarch of Xis. in the meantime, its younger defenders, Princess Briony and Prince Barrick, are either trapped distant from domestic and battling for his or her lives.

And now, anything is awakening beneath Southmarch fortress, anything strong and poor that the realm has no longer noticeable for millions of years. Can Barrick and Briony, besides a tiny handful of allies, traditional and amazing, have the opportunity to save lots of their international and stop the increase of a poor new age-an age of never-ending darkness?

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The security man asked which floor I lived on, in which block, and then he showed me the way to the elevator. Surrounded by chrome, mirrors, and conditioned air, I rode up to the eighth floor. I actually felt rather insulted that I lived so low down. Well, I hadn't exactly been expecting the penthouse, but even so ... On the landing-if you can apply that dreary term to a hall with one hundred square feet of floor space-I wandered from one door to another for a while. The fairytale had come to an abrupt end.

And you're alone on the cold battlefield, With no enemies from now on, But the sky presses down on your shoulders, What can you do in this empty desert? But you will wait For what time Will bring, You will wait. . And honey will taste more bitter than salt, Your tears more bitter than the wormwood in the steppes, And I know of no pain worse than this, To be alive among so many who are sleeping. But you will wait For what time Will bring, You will wait. . Catching myself trying to sing along out of tune with the quiet female voice, I tugged off the earphones and switched the player off.

Especially the most likely ones! The Other might be a vampire or a werewolf... " I nodded. "He might be a Dark One," said Gesar. " I didn't say anything. I'd been thinking the same thing. "And most important of all," Gesar added. " I asked. " Gesar asked. "So many Others with broken lives ... so many fine people condemned to live only their short, human lives . . Nothing of the kind has ever happened before. " "Then I'll assume it is possible," I said. "I can't give you any amulets," Gesar advised me.

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