By Mazarkis Williams
Mazarkis William’s debut novel, The Emperor's Knife, was once praised for its unique settings, gripping intrigue, and bright, full-blooded characters. Now Williams returns to the splendid palaces and treacherous again alleys of the Cerani Empire, the place intrigue, ardour, and hazardous magic threaten the very soul of a newly-crowned emperor.
After spending such a lot of his existence in captivity and solitude, Sarmin now sits upon the Petal Throne of Cerana. yet his reign is an uneasy one. bold generals and stressed squaddies wish conflict at any price. An insidious overseas faith stirs worry one of the humans and the courtroom. And the emperor's personal center is torn among very diversified girls: Mesema, a Windreader princess of the northern plains, and Grada, a lowborn untouchable with whom Sarmin stocks a special bond. A natural-born mage, Sarmin additionally includes inside of him a throng of bodiless spirits whose conflicting thoughts and wishes strength him to salary a personal conflict for his sanity.
In occasions earlier, a royal murderer often called the Emperor's Knife served because the prepared fringe of justice, protecting the throne from any and all menaces, however the final Knife has perished and his successor has but to be named. For his personal protection, and that of the empire, Sarmin needs to select his personal dependable death-dealer... yet upon whom should be he bestow the bloody burden of the Knife-Sworn?
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Start where it begins,” said Death. So she began with her earliest memories of the clattering looms and the light drifting in to make the patterns shine as they were slowly revealed on the weaver’s loom. She explained that her mother had been a weaver, and had been sorely disappointed when her daughter left the weaver’s house as soon as she could walk on her own two feet, to return only by force.
Katrim watched all the passes from the high vantage of nearly invisible shelters of stone and mud, and for many years now the easy paths had been left choked with stone as barriers against invasion. She followed a narrow, precarious way that paralleled the river down the mountainside, gradually losing altitude, until trees came crowding up the canyons once again. At a bend of the river, the valley opened up and the village of Zanja’s people came into sight. Ransel was hurrying up the path to meet her.
She raised her head at last. Ransel, uncertain what to do in this unprecedented situation, had simply looked away and was courteously pretending not to have noticed her tears. She stood up, wiping her face, and they continued down the path. After a while, Ransel, somewhat muted at first, began to tell her all the other events of the summer, as he always did. By the time they reached the Asha Valley, where Zanja’s people thrived in peaceful comfort, she had gotten more surefooted as she tread the precarious edge of sorrow, and was able to keep from falling into it again.
Knife Sworn (Tower and Knife Trilogy, Book 2) by Mazarkis Williams