By Jon Sprunk
This action-heavy epic myth sequence opener is sort of a sword-and-sorcery Spartacus set in a richly-imagined world.
It starts off with a shipwreck following a mystical hurricane at sea. Horace, a soldier from the west, had joined the good campaign opposed to the heathens of Akeshia after the deaths of his spouse and son from plague. whilst he washes ashore, he unearths himself on the mercy of the very humans he used to be despatched to kill, who communicate a language and feature a tradition and customs he doesn't even start to understand.
Not lengthy after, Horace is pressed into provider as a home slave. yet this doesn't final. The Akeshians detect that Horace was once a latent sorcerer, and he's catapulted from the chains of a slave to the halls of strength within the queen's courtroom. including Jirom, an ex-mercenary and gladiator, and Alyra, a undercover agent within the court docket, he'll search a route to unfastened himself and the empire's caste of slaves from a method the place each guy and girl needs to pay the cost of blood or iron. ahead of the top, Horace may have paid dearly in either.
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Suddenly, from the corner of his eye, he caught a motion, and without 55 THE DRAGON REBORN thinking, he crouched behind the stone railing. There was danger in being seen. He did not know why, but he knew it was true. He just knew. Cautiously peering over the top of the rail, he sought what he had seen moving. A flash of white flickered on a distant ramp. A woman, he was sure, though he could not quite make her out. A woman in a white dress, hurrying somewhere. On a bridge slightly below him, and much closer than the ramp where the woman had been, a man suddenly appeared, tall and dark and slender, the silver in his black hair giving him a distinguished look, his dark green coat thickly embroidered with golden leaves.
Light, it pulls at me so. What if I can’t . . What 41 THE DRAGON REBORN if I . ” The ground trembled. ” Perrin said worriedly. Rand shivered; despite the chill, there was sweat on his face. His eyes were still shut tight. ” Suddenly the ground heaved beneath Perrin, and the valley echoed with a vast rumble. It seemed as if the ground was jerked out from under his feet. He fell – or the earth leaped up to meet him. The valley shook as though a vast hand had reached down from the sky to wrench it out of the land.
The women gave the information they brought only to Moiraine. And the Aes Sedai tells us what she chooses. He thought. Aes Sedai never lied, but it was said that the truth an Aes Sedai told you was not always the truth you thought it was. Too late for qualms, now. Isn’t it? “This way, Mistress Leya,” he said, gesturing up the mountain. The Shienarans, with Uno at their head, fell in behind Perrin and Leya as they began to climb. The Borderlanders still studied the sky as much as the land, and the last two kept a special watch on their backtrail.