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By Cinda Williams Chima

Times are tough within the mountain urban of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do nearly something to eke out a residing for himself, his mom, and his sister Mari.  sarcastically, the only factor of price he has is anything he can’t sell.  for so long as Han can have in mind, he’s worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes.  They’re essentially magicked—as he grows, they develop, and he’s by no means been capable of get them off.  

While out looking at some point, Han and his extended family good friend, Dancer capture 3 younger wizards atmosphere hearth to the sacred mountain of Hanalea.   After a disagreement, Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the excessive Wizard, to ensure the boy won't use it opposed to them.  Han quickly learns that the amulet has an evil history—it as soon as belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who approximately destroyed the area a millennium ago.  With a mystical piece that robust at stake, Han is aware that the Bayars will cease at not anything to get it back.  

Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, Princess inheritor of the Fells, has her personal battles to fight.  She’s simply again to court docket after three years of relative freedom along with her father’s relatives at Demonai camp – using, searching, and dealing the well-known extended family markets.  Although Raisa becomes eligible for marriage after her 16th name-day, she isn't anticipating buying and selling in her good judgment and new talents for etiquette tutors and stuffy events.  

Raisa desires to be greater than an decoration in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the mythical warrior queen who killed the Demon King and stored the realm. however it sounds like her mom has different plans for her--plans that include a suitor who is going opposed to every little thing the Queendom stands for.

The Seven nation-states will tremble while the lives of Han and Raisa collide in this wonderful new page-turner from bestselling writer Cinda Williams Chima.

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Yet Gillen used to be in a blood rage, completely fascinated with Han. “You did for these Southies, didn’t you, Alister? You and your pals. ” Wham! This blow fell on Han’s forearm with bone-shattering strength, and he screamed. “Now you’re going to admit, after which you’re going to swing for it, and I’m going to be there to observe. ” “I acknowledged cease it! ” an identical voice, yet correct on best of them now. Startled, Han wiped blood from his eyes and seemed as much as see the membership descending back, however it by no means attached. It flew sideways and Gillen yelped in discomfort. Han slumped again opposed to the wall, eyes closed, head lolling sideways, while accumulating his toes lower than him. “You hit him back and I’ll crack your skull,” his benefactor acknowledged. “Back off. ” “What the bloody hell do you're thinking that you’re doing? ” Gillen bellowed. “I’m in command the following. I’m the sergeant. You’re only a corporal. ” “Back off, Sergeant Gillen, sir,” the corporal acknowledged sardonically. “In the Queen’s defend, sir, we don’t beat confessions out of prisoners in the street. ” “Naw,” one of many different bluejackets stated, snorting with laughter. “We often take ’em again to the guardhouse first. ” “Are you o.k.? ” A soldier squatted subsequent to Han, taking a look anxiously into his face. Peering via his lashes, Han learned to his shock that his benefactor was once younger, no older than he used to be. the infant bluejacket’s face used to be light with anger, and a lock of hetero black hair fell down over his brow. Han blinked away a double picture, and stated not anything. “You could’ve killed him,” the corporal stated, taking a look up at Gillen, his face twisted in disgust. Huh, Han suggestion. This one must’ve ignored his protect orientation. He had starch, at the very least, to move Gillen. “You hearken to me, Byrne,” Gillen stated. “Maybe you’re the son of the commander, and perhaps you visit the academy. That don’t suggest nothin’. You’re nonetheless only a boy. You don’t be aware of those streets like we do. This ’un’s a cold-blooded killer and a thief. simply by no means been stuck red-handed earlier than. ” Byrne stood and confronted Gillen. “Where’s your facts? He acquired beat up? That’s it? ” reliable one, Han inspiration, silently rooting for the blueblood corporal, yet realizing greater than to claim whatever aloud. Gillen nudged Han with a foot, none too lightly. “They name him Cuffs,” Gillen stated. “He’s the chief of a highway gang named the Raggers. They been feuding with the Southies for years. days in the past, the Southies stuck Cuffs on his personal in Brickmaker’s Alley. If the protect hadn’t confirmed up, he’d be useless a’ready. ” Gillen grinned and ran his faded tongue over his cracked lips. “Would’ve been a carrier to the neighborhood if we’d allow them to end the activity. Them bad devils we stumbled on the day past— you observed what used to be performed to ’em. needed to be the Raggers. nobody else might take the Southies on. It’s a revenge killing evidently, and this ’un’s dependable. ” Corporal Byrne regarded down at Han, swallowing challenging. “Fine. We take him in for wondering. He confesses or he doesn’t. No beatings. Any confession you beat out of somebody doesn’t suggest something. They’ll say whatever to make you cease.

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