To me, Brother Saan said, “And how did you find your encounter with Pahrkun and Anamuht?”
“Oh!” Words went clean out of my head at the thought of trying to de-scribe it. “It was . . . They were . . .”
“It was awe- inspiring, Elder Brother,” I managed at last. “It was like seeing the very heart and soul of the desert made flesh.”
Brother Saan nodded in approval. “Well said, young Khai. The children of the heavens embody the places to which they are bound.”
A creeping sense of shame nagged at me. “And yet I stood frozen in their presence, Elder Brother,” I confessed. “I dared go no further. It was Brother Merik who led Brother Yarit to safety.”
“Yes, and you who led Brother Merik to find him,” Brother Saan said. “For now it is enough.”
“But one day it will not be?” I asked him.
“You are pledged to Pahrkun the Scouring Wind,” he said. “One day you will undergo a trial to determine if that pledge is worthy of being fulfilled. But that day is far from now.”
Starless – Jacqueline Carey
Jacqueline Carey is back with an amazing adventure not seen since her New York Times bestselling Kushiel’s Legacy series. Lush and sensual, Starless introduces us to an epic world where exiled gods live among us, and a hero whose journey will resonate long after the last page is turned.
I was nine years old the first time I tried to kill a man…
Destined from birth to serve as protector of the princess Zariya, Khai is trained in the arts of killing and stealth by a warrior sect in the deep desert; yet there is one profound truth that has been withheld from him.
In the court of the Sun-Blessed, Khai must learn to navigate deadly intrigue and his own conflicted identity…but in the far reaches of the western seas, the dark god Miasmus is rising, intent on nothing less than wholesale destruction.
If Khai is to keep his soul’s twin Zariya alive, their only hope lies with an unlikely crew of prophecy-seekers on a journey that will take them farther beneath the starless skies than anyone can imagine.
About Jacqueline Carey:
JACQUELINE CAREY is the author of the New York Times bestselling Kushiel’s Legacy series of historical fantasy novels, The Sundering epic fantasy duology, postmodern fables “Santa Olivia” and “Saints Astray,” and the Agent of Hel contemporary fantasy series. Carey lives in western Michigan.
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