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by Margaret L. Carter, Leslie Roy Carter
Description: In the climactic sequel to Wild Sorceress and Besieged Adept, sorceresses Aetria and Coleni discover that both their own births and the history of their world have been manipulated in secret by an ancient, powerful race of dragons. Some, like Aetria's "imaginary" childhood friend Rajii, have benevolent intentions toward humanity, while others want to restore the people of the Domains to total slavery. All, however, have their own agendas with human beings and mortal magic as pawns.
Emerging from their long-lost mother's hidden home in the deserted Non-Lands, Aetria and Coleni find themselves targeted by assassins under control of the dragons. While the sisters' powers continue to grow, so do the magical gifts of Coleni's baby daughter, but will their magic provide adequate protection?
Meanwhile, still viewed with suspicion for their "wild sorcery," they can't convince most of their rivals and allies, including Aetria's old mentor and the commanding general of the army, that the dragons and the danger they pose are real. Even Aetria's lover Val shows some doubts. To protect her people, must Aetria challenge the whole Council of Magi and claim a leadership role she never wanted? And should she trust the two mysterious voices speaking in her head?
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, 2010
eBookwise Release Date: November 2010
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [520 KB]
Reading time: 343-480 min.
"4 Cups!...Mr. and Ms. Carter conjure an unrestrained flight of fancy...This is a book full of vivid descriptions and detailed characters. The cast is full of strong females and mystical creatures. This is a thorough military and political drama with...magic and fantasy..."--Venus, Coffee Time Romance & More
Trouble! Zo? She dispelled the flare and ran for the entrance. Emerging into the light, she forced herself to crouch for a moment to allow her eyes to adjust the brightness. Beyond the cave's adit she could not see anything but the trees that guarded the path to the cave. The sound of a skirmish was funneled to her by the narrow entrance, and she could not tell whether the combatants were to the left or right. She knew she could not stand at the entrance for any length of time to try to figure out where to go, as she would be a perfect target.
Think right, go right, be right, she chanted in her mind and sprinted out of the cave, diving to that side as she exited. Two crossbow bolts shrieked past, bouncing off the rock walls and disappearing into the cave. She forward-rolled to her feet and spelled a fireball in the direction she thought the bolts must have been fired from. Diving to her left this time, anticipating the archers would track her along her original path, she jumped to her feet and saw one green-clad figure sprawled on the ground, clothes burning and setting fire to the grass where he lay. Another staggered backward, the feathers of an arrow protruding from her chest.
Aetria caught the flash of a sword to her left and saw Trehanee's weapon behead a third Zo. As the Kanchala leader whirled with the momentum of the swing, a bolt struck her in the stomach, and she lurched backward. Aetria spotted the bowman and knew she had little time to throw her knives. She started to cast a fireball instead, and before she could, two arrows slammed into the Zo. Then something struck her from behind. Not again, she thought, as darkness took her.