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The nation is at risk. Renegade knight Sir Keren has succeeded in overtaking fortress Macindaw and is now conspiring with the Scotti. The destiny of Araluen rests within the palms of 2 younger adventurers: the Ranger Will and his warrior good friend, Horace. but for Will, the stakes are even larger. For contained in the citadel, a person he loves is being held hostage. And now the time has come for this onetime apprentice to develop up.

Perfect for enthusiasts of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the jewelry, T.H. White’s The Sword within the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon sequence, and George R. R. Martin’s video game of Thrones/A music of Ice and hearth series.

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Even a captive can not help having her spirits lifted via any such sight. " And, certainly, she used to be correct. The sky used to be an excellent blue, shot with a piercing mild and with now not a cloud in sight. The frigid air had a readability to it that introduced the main far away gadgets into sharp concentration. The wild great thing about the woods and the snow-covered fields that surrounded the fort appeared shut sufficient to the touch. Keren smiled at her and moved to the window to check the view for himself. He positioned one foot up at the low windowsill. For a second she had the grim worry that he could lean his weight at the bars that she used to be steadily weakening with the acid Will had left at the back of. yet on the final minute, his hand went to the stonework surrounding the window. "It is gorgeous indeed," he acknowledged, his expression softening for a number of seconds. "I imagine this can be the most endearing time of all during this kingdom. " there has been that hint of unhappiness in his voice back, a tone she had turn into familiar with of their fresh conferences. She knew he was once torn through his treachery. It could not be effortless on one hand to like the rustic up to he appeared to, and at the different, to be ready handy it over to its conventional enemies. after all, she knew, it made no distinction to the land. it'd be attractive and wild and rugged, irrespective of who managed it. nonetheless, the emotional influence has to be huge, immense, and Keren needs to comprehend that in some way, issues might by no means be a similar back. yet he had made his selection, and there has been no aspect attractive to him now to show again from the trail he used to be following. She watched impassively as he straightened, taking his foot down from the sill, and became to her. He made a visual attempt to push the depression away, grinning at her back. "You're an grand woman, Alyss," he stated. "You can stay confident and pleased even if every thing has long past opposed to you. " She shrugged. "There's no element in caring over issues that can not be replaced, Sir Keren. " He made a disclaiming gesture together with his hand. "Please, let's no longer be formal. name me Keren. We might be on contrary facets, yet there is not any this is why we will not be acquaintances. " No cause, she concept, except the truth that i am a King's officer and you are a traitor for your nation. yet she did not voice the idea. there has been no feel in alienating Keren by means of slapping apart his overtures of friendship. Angering him may achieve her not anything. Befriending him, nevertheless, may well achieve her much – quite when it comes to details. She smiled again at him. "On this kind of attractive day, how may possibly I disagree? " she stated, and his personal smile widened in go back. She proposal she observed a feeling of aid in him in addition, as though he were hoping that his provide of friendship wouldn't be rejected out of hand. "You recognize, i have been thinking," he acknowledged eventually. "Have you thought about what may possibly ensue to you whilst the Scotti arrive? " Alyss shrugged. "I think i will stay the following within the tower," she acknowledged. "I suppose that you simply were not making plans on handing me over to them? " For a second, she felt a chilly relax of worry. maybe that used to be what Keren was once making plans.

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