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By Guy Gavriel Kay

Within the golden urban of Sarantium, the well known mosaicist Crispin seeks to satisfy his creative pursuits and his future excessive upon a dome meant to be the emperor's enduring sanctuary and legacy. however the emperor is plotting a conquest of Crispin's place of origin to regain an empire. And together with his destiny entwined with that of his royal benefactor, Crispin's loyalties include a really excessive expense.

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There has been a silence. “Well,” he stated, rallying, “it simply is smart. A crucial Dancer is extra . . . famous than any cook dinner. extra seen. a distinct point of reputation. ” “But no more talented,” Shirin acknowledged, having a look up. She touched the little guy at the arm. “It isn’t a question of check for me. it's . . . whatever else. ” She paused, bit her lip, then acknowledged, “The Empress, while she despatched me her body spray, made transparent i used to be in simple terms to put on it for as long as i used to be a eco-friendly. This used to be simply after Scortius left us. ” there has been a silence. “I see,” stated Strumosus softly. “Balancing the factions? She is . . . they're very shrewdpermanent, aren’t they? ” Crispin considered asserting anything then, yet didn't. Very smart was once no longer the word, although. It didn’t cross approximately a long way sufficient. He used to be yes this contact might were Alixana’s personal. The Emperor had no endurance for faction concerns; each person knew it. It had nearly expense him his throne in the course of the riots, Scortius had instructed him. however the Empress, who have been a dancer for the Blues in her formative years, will be attuned to such issues like nobody else within the Imperial Precinct. And if the Blues have been allowed to raid the preeminent charioteer of the day, then the vegetables might preserve the main celebrated dancer. The perfume—no one else within the Empire used to be allowed to put on it—and the situation connected might were her method of creating certain that Shirin knew this. “A pity,” the little chef acknowledged thoughtfully, “but i assume it is sensible. If one seems to be in any respect people from above. ” And that was once approximately correct, Crispin inspiration. Strumosus replaced the topic. “Was there a cause you got here into the kitchen? ” “To felicitate you, of course,” Shirin acknowledged speedy. The chef appeared from one to the opposite. Crispin used to be nonetheless discovering it tough to concentration his recommendations. Strumosus smiled a bit. “I’ll go away you by myself for a second. by the way, when you are searching for a prepare dinner, the man who made the soup this present day might be able to paintings on his personal later this 12 months. His name’s Kyros. the single with the undesirable foot. younger, yet a truly promising lad, and clever. ” “I’ll consider that,” Shirin stated, and lower back the smile. Strumosus went again to the kitchen. He closed the door at the back of him. Shirin checked out Crispin. “Thank you,” she stated. “You bastard. ” “You had your revenge,” he sighed. “Half the site visitors right here could have a picture of me as a few pagan fertility determine, rampant as a pole. ” She laughed. “It’s right for you. Too many folks are petrified of you. ” “Not you,” he stated absently. Her expression replaced, eyeing him. “What occurred? You don’t glance good. Did I really—? ” He shook his head. “Not you. Your father, really. ” He took a breath. “My father is dead,” Shirin acknowledged. “I understand. yet part a 12 months in the past he gave me names he acknowledged may help me in Sarantium. One used to be yours. ” She used to be gazing him now. “And? ” “And the opposite was once that of a doctor, with a home and highway the place i'd locate him. ” “Doctors are worthwhile. ” Crispin took one other deep breath. “Shirin, the fellow he named to me final autumn simply arrived in Sarantium this morning, and used to be provided a place of abode at the named road basically this afternoon, simply now, right here at your residence.

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