By Frank Tuttle
Take an easy, three-day cruise on a lavish steamboat on line casino, they stated. simply retain an eye fixed out for difficulty whereas the Regent rolls the cube, they stated.
Markhat must have identified the maiden voyage of Avalante’s vampire-crewed Brown River Queen will be something yet a finder’s dream activity. particularly while he fees a daft fee—and will get it with no peep of protest.
Then a couple of exact murderous maidens assault him and his girl love, and it doesn’t take a banshee’s howl to verify his sinking suspicion he’s approximately to earn his cost the demanding way.
As the seriously guarded steamboat casts off, Markhat is pressured to navigate shoals of outdated enemies, treacherous political undercurrents, and rogue waves of assassins. All to maintain the strolling lifeless from turning the Brown River Queen’s decks pink with blood.
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Erevis spits out the last of his vomit, glances at the suffering, and turns away. He shouts a spell into the icy air. Shadows swirl protectively about him and war with the wind. He finishes the casting and puts an ice-rimed hand to himself, to me, to Riven. The magic insulates me from the cold. Erevis removes his cloak and places it around me. He takes me by the shoulders, looks me in the eyes, and shouts something, but I cannot make it out. I hear only the damned and wind and glaciers and the echo of my father’s voice.
The location of the book to be made whole. ” So that you may free the Divine One? Elyril smiled and nodded. ” Kefil scratched his ear with a hind leg. Perhaps you will never know the location of the book or the nature of the sign. Perhaps Shar will keep this secret from you always. Perhaps not knowing will drive you mad. Elyril glared at the mastiff. ” Kefil said nothing more. Elyril spent the rest of the night praying and trying to wrest information from the darkness. But Shar held her secrets, and the truth of events lay just beyond Elyril’s reach.
I stare at the sky, torn, divided. We are lost. Erevis shouts at me over his shoulder, and his words penetrate my haze. “Get up, Mags! ” I look at him, barely comprehending. Bow says the devil in me. Rise says the man. Mephistopheles swoops in the air, prolonging his approach, letting the fear build. “Cale …” Riven says to Erevis, his eye on my father. “I know,” Erevis snaps. Shadows ooze from his flesh and swirl closely about him. “But we hold this ground. ” He thumps Riven on the shoulder. ” “It’s only ground, Cale,” Riven says.