Darksong Rising (Spellsong Cycle, Book 3)

By L. E. Modesitt Jr.

L. E. Modesitt has accrued a wide committed following along with his bestselling Recluce novels, that have greater than one million copies in print. With the Spellsong Cycle he has broadened that following, making a compelling, leading edge delusion international the place track is magic.

In The Soprano Sorceress, Anna Marshall needed she may be anyplace yet Iowa, needed she will be something yet a singer and song teacher--and stumbled on herself pulled from Iowa to the realm of Erde, an international the place music is magic. And Anna's musical skill gave her the capability to be an vastly robust sorceress. For the 1st time, Anna used to be in whole keep watch over of her personal life--and she made the main of it. along with her musical expertise and coaching, her good judgment, and her integrity, Anna turned a magician and kept the dominion of Defalk from invasion, and inside six months she turned its regent.

In The Spellsong War, Anna confronted the cruel fact of rebuilding Defalk, ravaged through years of drought and battle. yet she wasn't given the time: realizing Defalk's weakened country, its southern pals invaded. within the realpolitik surroundings on Erde, Anna had to reveal that she wouldn't enable Defalk's grasping pals to grab the dominion. and because the male rulers of such a lot of Erde have been nonetheless confident that ladies have been vulnerable, her demonstration used to be doubly strong.

Now in Darksong Rising, Anna faces enemies either international and household: males who might wreck her and declare Defalk for his or her personal. To the East, Bertmynn, Lord of Dolov, seeks to realize keep an eye on of all of Ebra by means of crushing the rebel of the FreeWomen of Elahwa, so that it will deliver the complete may of all of Ebra opposed to Defalk. To the West, Rabyn, the Prophet of song and ruler of Neserea, waits for the 1st chance to invade Defalk with a strength of lancers that outnumbers Anna's ten to 1. And at domestic, Anna needs to make a decision no matter if to aid the ascension of a conniving lord--rightful inheritor to the throne through beginning, yet very likely devastating for his subjects--or face civil battle. The strategies to most of these difficulties are magical, yet challenging, now not even for the strong Anna, who has realized that magic has a excessive expense, and ruling skill successful repeatedly, day by way of day.

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Gatrune took the opposite finish, and Firis and Himar sat at the aspect to Anna’s correct, Liende to her left. units of twin-branched candelabra supplied the sunshine. Gatrune glanced at Anna. Anna recalled a grace greeting from someplace and spoke slowly. “In the identify and spirit of concord, might we be blessed and will this foodstuff cross our lips. ” “That was once great. I’ve by no means heard it fairly that way,” acknowledged Gatrune, as a serving woman provided the big platter to Anna. probably you didn’t recollect it particularly so good as you inspiration. “Thank you. ” Anna speared huge slabs of meat along with her knife and eased them onto her plate, realizing she could most likely want a 3rd or fourth, simply to continue her weight up, in particular after the trouble she’d made at Sorprat. She took a complete potato lined with cheese besides, and broke off a wide bite of crusty bread sooner than passing the willow basket to Liende. “This appears significant. ” “Especially after days of travel,” extra Himar. a 3rd serving woman crammed the heavy crystal goblet ahead of Anna with an amber wine. Anna took a small sip. “This is nice, too. ” “You didn't say why you selected to fix the ford now. i wouldn't pry …” Gatrune enable her phrases path off. “That’s easy enough,” Anna answered dryly. “I’ve nervous approximately it ever when you consider that I destroyed it after we defeated the Evult’s forces. This was once the 1st chance I’ve needed to do whatever approximately it. nonetheless, we’ll need to hurry again to Falcor. ” “Did you construct a bridge, as we heard you probably did around the Fal? ” requested Firis. “No. I changed the ford with one made from stone, yet wider and shallower than earlier than. it's going to be strong adequate for wagons, other than whilst it floods. ” Firis nodded. “That will velocity shuttle to the east,” saw Gatrune. “Indeed,” mumbled Firis, swallowing speedy. “It might last more than Defalk,” advised Liende. “When the Regent creates a sorcery, it really is robust certainly. ” “Not always,” responded Anna. “There was once this dam—” “The flood used to be strong … used to be it now not? ” countered the manager participant. “And the dam is still, a 3rd cataract at the Falche. ” “This was once the dam that tilted and began the flood that swept away so much of Dumaria and Narial? ” requested Firis. Anna nodded as she took one other mouthful of the meat, dry underneath the brown gravy. The dam she’d created around the Falche close to Abenfel had tired her energies for weeks, and it had virtually been a aid whilst it had slipped free from the canyon partitions and tilted forward—except for the wall of water that had swept via Dumar, killing millions, and precipitating the Spellsong conflict with Lord Ehara. “They say that it created a brand new lake leagues lengthy. Is that precise? ” “There’s a brand new lake there,” Anna responded. “How lengthy it's, I don’t comprehend. ” a very good reminder of ways attempting to do an excessive amount of with spellsong can create an excellent worse mess. “Will Dumar hold the contract? ” requested Gatrune bluntly. “Lady Siobion serves as regent for her son. Her armsmaster serves me. If she fails to maintain the contract, i'll permit the dam at Abenfel fail thoroughly. ” Anna took extra slices of pork, as delicately as she might.

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