By Colin Taber

"Brave... Innovative... Bold..." - Stefen Brazulaitis, reviewer and columnist, Australian Bookseller and writer. "I stayed up all night!" - Sara Douglass. Ossard is falling... becoming up in a urban of service provider Princes, Juvela discovers she will be able to see what others cannot. The very currents of the celestial are open to her, and that comes with the truths they cover: An escalating sequence of unsolved kidnappings were haunting the city-state, leaving its shadows pooled deep with blameless blood. Has Juvela been cursed with the Witches' Kiss - or even whatever worse? but, extra is to return, for not just has she witnessed an abduction, yet she's going to need to undergo a job within the victim's ritual loss of life. For Juvela is set to turn into forsaken, and that is earlier than she learns the true fact of not only the crimes plaguing Ossard's bloody streets, however the wider global: an international at conflict, and ruled through gods whose optimum excitement is to sup at the style of loss of life.

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She seemed oblivious to me, and then took his hand, sliding her fingers across his own and deep into his palm. He grabbed them tightly. In an instant I saw her lose the colours of life. Her mother howled. Then, still charging, I finally arrived. I slashed at the cultist with Sef‘s blade while diving between them to force them apart. The knife clumsily cut into his shoulder. He cursed and fell back. I pushed the girl aside and broke their hands‘ grip. At the same time, a shower of blue sparks flared to dance about us.

They looked to be officers with bands of copper at their shoulders, it clamped over leather armour and sea-green tunics. Nervous, I watched them as they passed. They all stood lean and tall, taller than men, or the common or middlings that they called us, and moved with powerful grace. One of them even smiled at me. My nerves faded. We watched them board their beautiful ship while the air sang full of their noble tongue. I wondered at my fear; they seemed so civilised. ‖ We both turned to see a silver-banded Lae Velsanan.

And Pedro smiled. Lord and Lady Liberigo crowded past my father to also look upon their grandchild. ‖ His wife laughed. ‖ Pedro looked to me. ‖ I smiled, trying to offer something of a peace between us. ‖ His mother smiled. ‖ Pedro straightened his back, raised his head, and grinned as he drew his daughter to his chest. ‖ He chuckled and then looked to me. ‖ I nodded as both sets of grandparents gave a cheer. ‖ And with each word his voice grew stronger, finding some of its old depth. He stood there stroking her, marvelling at what had been made.

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