The School up the Hill [Valdemar series]
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by Elisabeth Waters
Description: Start with a school full of students learning weather magic. Add a young girl from Valdemar who doesn't believe in the mage gifts she's developing. Before you know it, you'll have quite a mess to deal with.
eBook Publisher: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 1997 Sword of Ice
eBookwise Release Date: May 2006
74 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [21 KB]
Reading time: 10-14 min.
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Myrta lay back in the tub in her room and relaxed. Maybe it was a bit self-indulgent, but she really enjoyed a bath in the early evening, before she had to busy herself with the rush of customers the inn got every evening, particularly in the bar. The town of Bolthaven had been built around the winter quarters of a mercenary troop. When the Skybolts moved out, their garrison had been taken over by a mage-school, the largest White Winds school in Rethwellan. Now instead of drunken mercenaries, the bar got student mages.
Sometimes this created problems: a mercenary could be asked to leave most of his weapons back at the barracks, but a mage's abilities were always with him. And if the mage was young enough for practical jokes and/or foolish enough to get too drunk ... Well, the school had a policy for that; they'd send down a teacher to stop whatever was going on, and the school would pay for any damage done.
Myrta heard running footsteps in the hall and a quick tap on her door. One of the barmaids dashed into the room before Myrta had time to say "enter."
"Excuse me, Mistress, but it's raining in the kitchen!"