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 delusion novels set within the universe of Recluce. With greater than 1000000 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 inventive global the place song is the car for the production 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 army 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 suddenly earlier than Secca's education as a grasp magic wielder is wherever close to complete.

Despite her reservations about the talents and energy 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 boost the naval siege laid on Nordwei by way of the ocean clergymen, who convey with them a brand new form of drumming magic that threatens the stability of energy on the earth, portending risk and destruction no longer imagined for decades.

Secca learns to struggle battles with sorcerous abilities she hasn't ever used ahead of, whereas best a military for the 1st time. She needs to grasp international relations with the intention to keep 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 probability for romance and companionship in a global the place few males are clever adequate to price ladies as something greater than other halves, mistresses, or mothers.

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

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The trace of a short-term frown handed throughout Wilten’s brow. Stepan stated quietly, “If you assault the Sea-Priests from the north, town forces may also help. should you visit Dolov, then you definitely needs to face either enemies with out reduction. ” At that, either Wilten and Palian nodded. Secca may purely desire she used to be making the correct choice. fifty five Encora, Ranuak The tall and muscular girl who steps into the Matriarch’s formal receiving room wears the hooded cloak of black that shadows her face, as with every the women of the Shadows, and the black trousers and calf-length boots. regardless of the iciness gloom and the cloak, her darkish brown hair and fresh demanding jaw betray that she is neither in first formative years nor previous, and that she is a unique woman from the final who had visited Alya. “You wanted me to work out you? ” The Matriarch’s voice is enjoyable, yet no longer hot, as she appears down from the blue crystalline chair at the dais. “We did. We provided a caution ahead of, and you have got selected to disregard it. ” “I took your caution, and that i didn't forget about it. i have never used sorcery, keep for info. there's not anything opposed to what you think in dispatching lancers to aid Elahwa. ” “We are deeply involved that you've sent…that you may have despatched a…” The brown-haired girl shakes her head as though she can't deliver herself to utter the following be aware. “…a sorcerer to Elahwa. ” “He isn't really a sorcerer, unlike these you've got in brain. He was once proficient in sorcery, in addition you recognize, in order that he wouldn't misuse these abilities. ” Alya deals a scornful snigger. “What might you might have me do? homicide each baby who exhibits the facility to really sing? Or lock them away in a jail? ” “You can have despatched the SouthWomen with no him. There are different overcaptains. ” “Who could you've had me ship? There aren't any others of skill that Elahwa might spare, no longer that both the loose urban or the SouthWomen could settle for as overcaptain. ” “Those who obtain relief shouldn't be that picky, Matriarch. ” Alya’s lips tighten, and for a second she is silent. Then she takes a gradual breath and smiles, virtually lazily. “As I comprehend your phrases, and people of the woman who got here past, you are feeling so strongly approximately what you suspect that you'd possibility the destruction of Ranuak and the sacrifice of all those that died within the Spell-Fire Wars to carry in your ideals. but you think the FreeWomen should still relinquish their ideals for 2 businesses of lancers? ” it's the flip of the girl of the Shadows to be silent for a time. eventually, she replies. “It isn't the similar. ” “It is the same,” Alya replies, including extra lightly, “Besides, the overcaptain doesn't recognize conflict sorcery. He hasn't ever been educated in such, and there aren't any avid gamers to aid him. ” “He is a sorcerer, and a guy. ” “Sorcery is like every different tool,” Alya issues out. “It can be utilized or misused. with out the nice Sorceress of Defalk, we'd have the Sturinnese as our acquaintances already, if now not as our masters. ” “The nice sorceress used to be a lady, and she or he had suffered. She used to be older, and she or he had a few inspiration of the powers of sorcery and what they can do to our global.

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