By Robert V. S. Redick
Within the gripping sequel to Robert V. S. Redick’s acclaimed epic myth novels The crimson Wolf Conspiracy and The Ruling Sea, the group of the massive, old send Chathrand have reached the shorelines of the mythical southern empire of Bali Adro. Many have died within the crossing, and the alliance of rebels, led through the tarboy Pazel Pathkendle and the warrior Thasha Isiq, has confronted demise, betrayal, and darkest magic. yet not anything has ready them for the greatly altered face of humanity within the South.
They have little time to get over the surprise, notwithstanding. For with landfall, the conflict among the rebels and centuries-old sorcerer Arunis enters its ultimate part. At stake is keep an eye on of the Nilstone, a cursed relic that grants limitless strength to whoever unlocks the secrets and techniques of its use—but dying to people who fail. And nobody is towards studying the Stone than Arunis.
Desperate to forestall him, Pazel and Thasha needs to subscribe to forces with their enemies, together with the wicked Captain Rose and the imperial murderer Sandor Ott. but if a suspicious younger crewmember turns his attentions to Thasha, it's the younger fanatics themselves who're divided—most comfortably for Arunis. because the mage’s triumph attracts close to, the allies face a poor selection: to damage their oaths and run for security, or to seek the world’s most deadly sorcerer during the unusual and lethal dream nation referred to as the River of Shadows, and to stand him a final time one of the traps and horrors of his lair.
Brimming with excessive event, darkish appeal, and unforgettable characters, The River of Shadows deftly secures Redick’s position within the ranks of epic fantasy’s most unusual and mesmerizing storytellers.
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He took a protracted breath, then pointed on the stack of crates around the basin. “The one on most sensible is filled with clothing,” he stated. “Go and get dressed. Then i'll let you know of one of those swap you recognize not anything approximately. ” that they had numbered seven as soon as. Seven: the Mzithrin fortunate quantity, the traditional supplement of sfvantskors dispatched as a group to a specific Mzithrin King, or a military brigade, or a warship of the White Fleet. The latter have been Vispek’s project: he was once made votary to an elder aboard the Jistrolloq, deadliest send within the Northern international, as well-known for her velocity and weaponry because the Chathrand was once for measurement and age. Neda and Jalantri and a number of other others got here aboard after the homicide in their instructor in Simja, and were assigned to Vispek’s care. They have been nonetheless aspirants, slightly out of teaching; via rights they need to were lower back to the Mzithrin to do exactly that. yet their instructor had deliberate another way. That instructor, the nice Babqri Father, had lengthy suspected a catch in the back of the Arqualis’ provide of peace. He had lived via greater than a century of warfare and duplicity; yet his wisdom used to be no longer purely that of years. He was once the keeper of Sathek’s Scepter, an artifact older than the Mzithrin Empire itself, and one the Shaggat had now not controlled to thieve. Crowning this golden rod was once a crystal, and within the center of the crystal lay a shard of the Black Casket, the damaged centerpiece of the previous religion. in the course of the energy of the scepter the daddy had come to feel the evil impending within the abdominal of the Chathrand. Weeks prior to Treaty Day, he had come to Simja along with his aspirants, and brought up place of abode within the Mzithrini shrine outdoor the town partitions. There he had held council with Mzithrini lords, retailers, soothsayers, spies, as they congregated prior to the marriage intended to seal the Peace. And there, evening after evening, he positioned his disciples in a trance and despatched them into the ocean, and through the facility of the scepter they get rid of their human our bodies and took the kinds of whales. “Whales? ” acknowledged Pazel. “Whales,” stated Vispek. “The greater to monitor your process, and your doings aboard the Chathrand. ” “Your group noticed us,” stated Jalantri. “We have been an extraordinary kind of whale, blue-black and small. ” “Cazencians,” stated Pazel. “Yes, I observed you—but it was once right here, in this facet of the Ruling Sea. Neda, was once that you simply? ” She gave a curt nod. “We trailed you alongside the Sandwall. ” “Until attacked by way of sharks,” stated Vispek. “They have been vicious and innumerable; we escaped them in basic terms by way of hurling ourselves upon this shore. ” “And those possessions? ” Vispek gestured with a flip of his head. “Shipwreck. 3 or 4 miles west, alongside the internal seashore. A grim discovery, that. The bark itself was once bizarre and slim, and in part burned; we suggestion it a derelict. yet inside of it was once filled with murdered creatures, like black males aside from their arms, hair and eyes. Their throats have been slit, them all. at the deck the place we came across the our bodies a observe used to be scrawled in blood: PLATAZCRA. are you able to let us know the that means of that observe, boy? ” He regarded hopefully at Pazel, who nodded reluctantly, realizing his face had given him away.