By Maria V. Snyder
Once, merely her personal lifestyles hung within the balance…
Oddly sufficient, whilst Yelena was once a poison taster, her lifestyles was once easier. yet she'd survived to turn into an essential component of the stability of energy among rival international locations Ixia and Sitia. Now she makes use of her magic to maintain the peace in either lands-and shield her dating with Valek.
Suddenly, even though, they're beset on each side via these vying for energy via politics and intrigue. Valek's activity and his existence are at risk. As Yelena attempts to discover the scope of those plots, she faces a brand new problem: her magic is blocked. She needs to continue secret-or her enemies will become aware of simply how susceptible she rather is-while trying to find who or what's liable for neutralizing her powers.
Yes, the times of tasting poisons have been a lot less complicated. and positively now not as dangerous…
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Adventurers sometimes find them, although nobody has ever discovered what they do. And since you can never take them off once you put them on, you might as well wear this one. And now, since there is nothing more up here on the mountain (not even another bear) and no way down except the way you came, you'd better go back to the Village at 4 and decide on some other course of action. 44 Something funny is happening. Well, perhaps funny isn't exactly the right word, since the lid of the casket is slowly opening and out of it is rising a slim, deathly pale figure in white gloves, evening suit and an opera cloak, staring at you with deep-set red eyes and smiling at you with top teeth so long they actually come down over his lower lip.
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