By Mercedes Lackey
In the second one novel in nationwide best-selling legend Mercedes Lackey's richly-conceived new Joust sequence, the dragonrider Vetch escapes to Alta, the subjugated land of his birth. There, he hopes to coach his humans to elevate and teach dragons-and construct a military that may unlock his homeland.
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It was like fumbling your way in the dark. The truth was, he admitted, that he was irritated. Not only about the Aiel, about not being told of this meeting until this morning. He had not been told where they were going, either, until he was taken aside by Coiren Sedai, the Gray sister who led the Aes Sedai. Elaida had been closemouthed and imperious when she was his mother’s advisor in Caemlyn; since being raised to the Amyrlin Seat she made the old Elaida seem open and warm. No doubt she had pressured him to form this escort as much to get him away from Tar Valon as for any other reason.
You’ll have heard of Cairhien? ” Gawyn nodded, and he went on. “Well, now he’s taken Andor. Most of it, anyway. Their queen’s dead. Some say he’ll take the whole world before—” The man cut off with a strangled yelp before Gawyn realized he had seized the fellow’s lapels. “Queen Morgase is dead? Speak, man! ” Tesen rolled his eyes looking for help, but he spoke, and quickly. “That’s what they say, my Lord. Old Mil don’t know, but he thinks it so. Everybody says it, my Lord. Everybody says this Dragon did it.
We served them before the Breaking, and failed them; that is why we were sent to the Three-fold Land. ” That was what everyone believed; it was part of the old tales, almost part of custom. Sevanna was not so sure. These Aes Sedai looked weak and foolish to 43 LORD OF CHAOS her, traveling with a few hundred men for escort through lands where the true Aiel, the Shaido, could smother them with thousands. “A new day has come,” she said sharply, repeating part of one of her speeches to the Wise Ones.