The Shadow Sorceress: The Fourth Book of the Spellsong Cycle

By L. E. Modesitt. Jr.

L.E. Modesitt, Jr., has constructed a large readership together with his renowned myth novels set within the universe of Recluce. With greater than one million copies in print, he maintains 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 creative global the place tune is the motor vehicle 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 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 whilst her mentor, Anna, the mythical Sorceress Protector of Defalk and the heroine of the unique trilogy, dies without notice ahead of Secca's education as a grasp magic wielder is anyplace close to complete.

Despite her reservations about the abilities and power of the ruler of the dominion, Secca needs to instantly take command of all her magical assets to aid suppress inner dissension in a neighboring province. Then she needs to rally capability allies to raise the naval siege laid on Nordwei by way of the ocean monks, who carry with them a brand new type of drumming magic that threatens the stability of energy on the planet, portending possibility and destruction now not imagined for decades.

Secca learns to struggle battles with sorcerous abilities she hasn't ever used sooner than, whereas major a military for the 1st time. She needs to grasp international relations as a way to store her ruler and his nation, shape alliances with unfriendly power allies, and mediate energy 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 adequate to worth girls as whatever greater than better halves, mistresses, or mothers.

Coping with those demanding situations, Secca proves herself greater than only a speedy learn; she has develop into a girl with a unlimited means for braveness, own development, and fearless dedication to survival and combating the great fight.

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You sounded so indignant. ” “I think i used to be. i needed to spare you from what is going to occur with Haddev, and also you didn't listen…but we don't spare ourselves. Sorceresses and ladies don't. ” Her snigger used to be half-gentle, half-ironically self-mocking. “Why in case you be any various from me, or from girl Anna? Or Clayre…or Jolyn? ” “You…I thought…” “You imagine i don't want males? ” Secca shook her head. “I don't desire males who might use me, or conceal their worry of me with a grin. i don't want males who search me merely to supply an inheritor or lands they can now not get another way. And for me…then whom does that depart? ” “Oh…lady…” Richina swallowed. “You sounded so cold…I am sorry. ” “You imagine it no longer, yet i might spare you what i will be able to. i assume none people can spare one other, no longer as we might wish…” “He is mild, woman, and has requested not anything of me. ” “That might be. ” Secca was hoping that used to be real, for all in their sakes. “You can't have the funds for to offer of your self, no longer till we have now performed what needs to be performed. bear in mind what one highway spell expense you. ” Richina paused. “I comprehend. ” “He is good-looking, yet there's extra to existence than good-looking. ” Secca paused, massaging her neck for a second. the more youthful sorceress requested, “What of the thunder-drums? ” Secca leaned ahead from the place she sat at the fringe of the cot. “They have used them to construct a wall of thick fog round their encampment, and so they don't organize for conflict. ” “What will you do? ” “For the day, we'll wait and watch. Our lancers and avid gamers and mounts can use the remaining. ” “If it continues…? ” “I fear approximately that. I fear tremendously. ” Secca massaged her brow. “Their Sea-Priest at Dolov has visible what we do and is sending these lancers south. they can not succeed in us for almost per week, but…” “But? ” triggered Richina. “If the elements continues to be gentle, then they could proceed to carry the sorcerous fog. If it may typhoon, then we are going to be at an exceptional drawback. i'll want your suggestions in scrying and maybe in even more. even more. ” Richina fell silent, her eyes no longer assembly Secca’s. The redheaded sorceress, who abruptly felt a long way older than she used to be, stared sightlessly on the time and travel-worn silk facet panels of the tent. sixty three From the saddle of the grey mare, Secca regarded out around the valley, back within the early sunrise, once again at one other thick layer of fog that separated her forces from the Sturinnese encampment. at the back of her have been Stepan, Wilten, Haddev, Richina, and the 2 leader gamers. All have been fixed and searching southward around the grey that covered the valley under. If the valley have been narrow—like a river gorge—Secca may have thought of construction a bridge, yet no sorceress might song-build a constitution spanning approximately 3 deks—and whether she could…she and the gamers will be exhausted and valueless for weeks. “The fog is thicker than before,” Wilten acknowledged. “We can't wait and wait. ” “Not for long,” agreed Stepan. “Yet to assault via it might be foolhardy. Even scouts could lose their means, and will be slain or captured through any Sturinnese ready there.

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