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The Astrologies, Part One: Learned Men of Old Blood

In Fiction on April 18, 2012 at 9:09 am

Long after his sermon, after the choir’s performance, and after all of the blessings for the travellers, the Candle was dozing fitfully in his armchair at home when he was woken by a knock at the door.

He staggered, blinking and scratching his neck, to the door, and asked, “Who’s there?”

He was surprised to hear the voice of a young woman.

“I have a message from the Matriarch, Your Holiness.”

Italics are being compiled as underlines in the .pdf version right now, which is annoying, but I can’t figure out how to fix it.

Read the rest of Chapter 15 here:

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Chapter Fifteen, in which the Candle meets a distraught Adept.

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The project to date, in pdf format:
Prologue | Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11 | Chapter 12 | Chapter 13 | Chapter 14 | Chapter 15

The Astrologies, Part One: Learned Men of Old Blood

In Fiction on April 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm

The old thief had showed up happy— not even seeming to remember that Cadras’ treachery had landed him in prison— which had alarmed Cadras until he realized the man was drunk. Cadras thought back over their conversation about the library.

“How did you get into the library before?” He had asked.

Halvered had shrugged. “Bought myself a cowl. Set fire to the gatehouse. Ran around with a bucket of water for a while, then slipped inside in the confusion.”

It had a vulgar kind of elegance to it.

“And how did you get into the Sacred Heart?” Cadras had asked, excited, chewing a plug of casper gum.

“The what?”

Read the rest of Chapter 14 here:

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Chapter Fourteen, in which Cadras plots his burglary, and is offered intriguing new employment.

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The project to date, in pdf format:
Prologue | Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11 | Chapter 12 | Chapter 13 | Chapter 14

The Astrologies, Part One: Learned Men of Old Blood

In Fiction on April 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

They went out onto the Street of Fools, which felt subdued in the heat and anticipation of the evening’s revelry. An old woman sat by the entrance to Lower Market holding a rheumy-eyed bear cub on a short chain. She shook a bag at them as they passed and kicked an earthen bowl with a few coins in it.

“Feed the Emperor a peanut,” she said to them, her eyes not quite comprehending the world around her.

Read the rest of Chapter 13 here:

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Chapter Thirteen, in which Corvyne introduces the Rider Tarkan to a curious man, and his cats.

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The project to date, in pdf format:
Prologue | Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11 | Chapter 12 | Chapter 13