By Sofia Samatar
Jevick, the pepper merchant's son, has been raised on tales of Olondria, land the place books are as universal as they're infrequent in his domestic. while his father dies and Jevick takes his position at the each year promoting journey to Olondria, Jevick's lifestyles is as with reference to excellent as he can think. yet simply as he revels in Olondria's Rabelaisian dinner party of Birds, he's pulled greatly off track and turns into haunted by way of the ghost of an illiterate younger girl.
In desperation, Jevick seeks the help of Olondrian monks and speedy turns into a pawn within the fight among the empire's strongest cults. but while the rustic shimmers at the cusp of conflict, he needs to face his ghost and research her tale earlier than he has any likelihood of changing into loose through environment her loose: a trial that demanding situations his figuring out of paintings and existence, domestic and exile, and the bounds of that seductive necromancy, reading.
A Stranger in Olondria is a skillful and immersive debut myth novel that attracts the reader in deeper and deeper with twists and turns resembling George R. R. Martin and Joe Hill.
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A month would be an ambitious timeline, but with magic and slave labor—especially that of the krinth, a strong but dull race born of slaves and shadow demons—it could be done. Rivalen stood at his father’s shoulder and studied the map. It showed Sembia centermost: roads, cities, towns, temples, all clearly marked. Rivalen had long advocated moving against Sembia, a rich realm with fertile upcountry farmland and several southern ports.
Stop,” Rivalen said, and the spell sent his voice careening through the corridors of the kraken’s brain. The creature’s mind and comprehension were as immense as its body. The kraken had lived centuries, spent decades in contact with the sentient mythallar, learning, growing, knowing. Its mind was keen, incredibly powerful. But it was no match for Rivalen Tanthul. Rivalen had lived for millennia, had learned spellcraft at the sides of the most powerful arcanists Toril had ever known, had survived the horrors of the Plane of Shadow for centuries, had battled the primordial malaugrym on their home plane, had melded his physical body with the stuff of shadow, had served and continued to serve as high priest to one of the most powerful goddesses in the multiverse.
His knowing, platinum-colored eyes stared out of a narrow, expressionless face. Rivalen had inherited his father’s sharp nose and imperial bearing. His father’s royal cloak, originally violet, was so dark as to be almost black. As much shadowstuff as flesh, Telamont seemed to float rather than stand. The outline of his body blurred with the darkness in the room. Shadows swirled constantly around him, longer and thicker than those that circled Rivalen. The shadowstuff had not yet so consumed Rivalen.
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