By Robin Hobb
The 1st e-book in a new trilogy from the writer of the Farseer, Liveship investors and Tawny guy trilogies.
younger Nevare Burvelle is the second one son of a moment son. usually in Gernia, the firstborn son is inheritor to the family members fortunes, the second one son bears a sword and the 3rd son is consecrated to the priesthood. Nevare will persist with his father – newly made a lord via the King – into the cavalry; to the frontier and thence to an useful marriage, to hold at the Burvelle identify. it's a golden destiny, and Nevare seems ahead to it with enjoy. For 20 years King Troven's cavalry have driven the frontiers of Gernia out around the grasslands, subduing the fierce tribes of the apparent on its manner. Now they've got pushed the frontier so far as the Barrier Mountains, domestic to the enigmatic Speck humans. The Specks – a dapple-skinned, forest-dwelling folks – hold the final vestiges of magic in an international that is turning into innovative and technologised. The 'civilised' peoples base their ideals on a rational philosophy based on medical precept and a trust within the sturdy god, who displaced the older deities in their international. To them, the Specks are primeval savages, little larger than beasts. Superstitions abound; it truly is acknowledged that they harbour unusual ailments and worship timber. Sexual congress with them is thought of as either filthy and foolhardy: the Speck plague which has ravaged the frontier has decimated whole regiments. these types of ideals will contact Nevare's education on the Academy; yet his development there's not so simple as he would want. he'll adventure prejudice from the previous aristocracy: because the son of a 'new noble' he's segregated right into a patrol comprising different new nobles' sons, all of whom will come across injustice, discrimination and foul play in that antagonistic and deeply aggressive surroundings. additionally, his international view may be challenged through his unconventional girl-cousin Epiny; and by way of the weird desires which stopover at him at evening. after which, on darkish night, the circus involves previous Thares, bringing with it the 1st Specks Nevare has ever seen...
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The ﬁnal pair of riders was dressed as the others, yet they were different. One was small in build, while the other moved like a healthy but deﬁnitely older man. Manmark stared at both of them, and with an expertise garnered from years of imagining ﬂesh upon ancient bone, he made two good guesses about who was beneath all those clothes. “Zephyr,” he muttered. How many candidates were there? In one little town, or even at this end of the territory, how many other men were there who could possibly appreciate the signiﬁcance of this ﬁnd?
When she came by the chair I grabbed her around the hips and pulled her into my lap. “Hey! ” she squawked. “Let’s try the bedroom,” I said. She bounced off my lap. ” She left the room. This was turning into a typical Dot odyssey, all tease and no tickle. I put down my glass and followed her. I found her in the bedroom riﬂing through a chest of drawers, throwing clothes on the bed. I opened the closet. Inside hung a bunch of jackets and ﬂannel shirts and blue jeans, with a pair of riding boots and some sandals lined up neatly on the ﬂoor.
Zephyr laughed quietly now. Clearly, this Barrow fellow was at least as surprising as the young woman, and maybe twice as bold. The woman stared at the man dressed as a dragon, a look of interest slowly breaking across her face. Zephyr had to laugh louder now. Dust drifted across the scene, thick and soft, muting the 32 s Robert Reed sound of their voices. And then the woman turned to her people, shouting to be heard. ” she called out. “Eight, as it happens! Eight dragons to build a new world .
Shaman's Crossing (The Soldier Son Trilogy, Book 1) by Robin Hobb