By Tamora Pierce

Daine controls the destiny of Tortall during this exciting end to the Immortals sequence, that includes an up-to-date conceal for longtime lovers and clean converts alike, and together with an all-new afterword from Tamora Pierce.

During a dire conflict opposed to the fearsome Skinners, Daine and her mage instructor, Numair, are swept into the Divine nation-states. even if they're satisfied to be alive, they don't seem to be the place they need to be. they're desperately wanted again domestic the place their outdated enemy, Ozorne, and his military of wierd creatures are waging battle opposed to Tortall.

While trapped within the perilous geographical regions of the gods, Daine discovers her mysterious parentage. yet because the secrets and techniques of her prior are published, so is the treacherous as far back as Tortall. And so Daine and Numair embark on a rare trip domestic, the place the destiny of all Tortall rests with Daine and her wild magic.

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Some distance lower than, she heard the grind of chains and wooden: The portcullises at the north, east, and south gates have been being raised, the drawbridges decreased. Imrah led fastened knights and men-at-arms from the north gate, to confront the warriors who fled the queen’s forces. one other corporation of combined horsemen, foot infantrymen, and archers used to be leaving through the east gate, Daine knew, and Rider teams have been trotting their ponies out of the southern gate. If it labored, Ozorne’s allies on land will be stuck among the queen’s reduction strength and Legann’s defenders, simply as his seagoing allies, the blockaders, will be pinched among the coming ships and the harbor’s defenders. the place is Slaughter? Daine puzzled. She’ll have lots of paintings this day. The noise point rose, fueled through the howls of winged immortals and the roar of enemy infantrymen as they crowned the increase among their camp and its outer defenses. Seeing the wood towers that Wingstar had flamed blazing in entrance of them, a few attempted to show again. Roots—belonging to timber lengthy cut back to transparent the battlefield—shot out of naked flooring and twined round the ankles of the enemy. extra runaways dodged the roots, simply to satisfy Imrah and his knights. From the valley the place the enemy had camped, magic fires erupted and died as Tortallan mages attacked these serving the invaders. The king used to be faded and glowing with perspiration. Marielle and Onua additionally started to sweat as fear—Stormwing conflict terror—billowed sooner than the oncoming immortals. not anyone moved. It affected Daine because it did the others, yet them all had fought lower than the strain of that worry earlier than: the alternative used to be struggle or die. “How many Stormwings did you are saying Ozorne? ” Jonathan requested, his regularly even voice strained. “Two hundred and forty-eight, Your Majesty—if this is often them all coming at us now. ” The archers on wall and tower swung their bows up, settling on pursuits from one of the oncoming immortals. Daine’s was once a winged ape that flew with others of his sort, sooner than the Stormwings. He carried double-headed axes in toes that have been as nimble as arms. Taking a deep breath, the lady closed her eyes and considered merlins, quickly birds of prey, in a position to maneuver good within the air. The blanket dropped to the stone deck. Tkaa pulled its folds again, permitting her to take flight. The air less than packed with the snap of bowstrings and the whistle of arrows and bolts. Daine shot directly on the ax-bearing ape, outstanding him because the hurrok had struck her at the First Bridge, dragging her claws throughout his forehead and scalp. He shrieked and grabbed for her as blood streamed into his eyes. Turning quick, she tore at his wings, ripping holes in them with talons and beak. He fell, shedding either axes as he attempted to spin round in midair. whilst she observed a peaked tower roof loom up beneath, she published her prey. He struck the tower again first, and rolled limply into the town highway lower than. Swerving quick, she lower back to the watchtower roof and the king. A hurrok used to be her subsequent objective; once again she went for eyes first, then wings.

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