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The Astrologies: Learned Men of Old Blood

In Fiction on October 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm

“It’s a lucky spirit that guides you.” Halvered chuckled, looking at the stairs.

Cadras’ heart was pounding, at such a speed that he felt for a moment like he might faint. He knelt, opened his knapsack, and withdrew a brown robe, thinner than those worn by the scribes, but close enough— he hoped— to defy passing inspection. He pulled it on over his clothes. The cowl obscured his vision, and the long folds of the robe felt awkard around his legs. Cadras felt certain that the sanctuary would be guarded.

Here is Chapter Twenty Four, in which Cadras and Halvered attempt to break into the Library of Merendir.

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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 | Chapter 16 | Chapter 17 | Chapter 18 | Chapter 19 | Chapter 20 | Chapter 21 | Chapter 22 | Chapter 23 | Chapter 24

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The Astrologies: Learned Men of Old Blood

In Fiction on October 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Galant’s mother stood just inside the door, looking around her and wringing her hands. She directed her unfocused stare toward her children and worked her mouth silently for a moment before she spoke.

“Is tonight the night?” She clutched her threadbare robe around her and began to shuffle away down the hall, her ragged slippers scuffing against the stones. “Is tonight the night?” She repeated, to nobody, and then she turned a corner and was gone.

Galant turned to his sister, who stared after their mother, face blank.

“Will you join me for a glass of sherry before bed?”

Celani nodded silently, and clutched her shawl around her, unconsciously mimicking her mother in a way that Galant found unnerving.

Here is Chapter Twenty Three, in which Emperor Galant is told a secret that he cannot believe.

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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 | Chapter 16 | Chapter 17 | Chapter 18 | Chapter 19 | Chapter 20 | Chapter 21 | Chapter 22 | Chapter 23

The Astrologies: Learned Men of Old Blood

In Fiction on October 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Marta stepped out on the street and stopped to watch Duxe play for the uninterested throng, attended by a pair of rapt, equally serious and unpopular, musicians. Duxe sang with his head turned and his eyes closed, his face so contorted by emotion that when he had an audience they were always a little embarrassed. He wore colorful skin tight cloth under a black satin tunic with a bandolier of tiny daggers across his chest. His voice was too high, his chords too intricate, and his lyrics too lofty, but he showed such skill and passion, that the people of Merendir supported him even though he baffled them and they snickered as they passed.

Here is Chapter Twenty Two, in which Marta considers how to extract herself from her predicament.

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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 | Chapter 16 | Chapter 17 | Chapter 18 | Chapter 19 | Chapter 20 | Chapter 21 | Chapter 22

The Astrologies: Learned Men of Old Blood

In Fiction on October 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm

The Lord Galdhar, likely preoccupied with one of his numerous vices, had not made an appearance. Tarkan had been fed generously by a squat matronly woman with whom he shared no language, but the oils and unfamiliar meats and spices played a poor trick on his stomach. He tossed for hours under thickly woven horsehair blankets, the night surprisingly cold, to odd sounds of revelry and destruction, embellished by his dreams.

Here is Chapter Twenty One, in which Corvyne hears the tale of Tarkan’s ride.

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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 | Chapter 16 | Chapter 17 | Chapter 18 | Chapter 19 | Chapter 20 | Chapter 21

The Astrologies: Learned Men of Old Blood

In Fiction on October 8, 2012 at 2:34 am

The rough rocks provided sure footing, even in the rain, but the ground was uneven, and Marta found herself moving slowly in the dark. She had been here once before, in daylight, a couple years ago, when a young soldier who had aspired to become her lover— Illio was his name, she thought— had brought her out for a picnic beside the sea. His romantic intentions had been thwarted by a rare east wind, which had carried the smell from the outlet of Merendir’s sewer system across the entire coast, and by the somewhat unseemly intensity of his anger at the situation. Marta had laughingly dragged the fuming soldier for miles down the coast until she stood, holding her nose and trying not to gag, atop the one of the three immense pipes— as high as the city walls— admiring the epic view of city’s considerable waste befouling the South Sea. On their way out of the city, she had seen an outcropping overlooking the Sea Wall. She had wanted to climb it that day, but by the time they passed it on their way home, she and Illio were thoroughly sick of one another and could not return to city fast enough.

Here is Chapter Twenty, in which Marta tries to trail Berekker and Catyan and learn the nature of their plot.

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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 | Chapter 16 | Chapter 17 | Chapter 18 | Chapter 19 | Chapter 20