By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

moment in line for succession to the throne, Prince Dagnarus can have his crown... and his queen -- even though his heart's prize is a married elfin good looks. enable his hated half-brother Prince Helmos and the kingdom Lords dare to oppose him. For Dagnarus's so much unswerving servant has ventured into the bad darkness, the place lies the main effective talisman within the realm. And as soon as it's at the hours of darkness prince's hand, no strength will deter his Destiny.

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I do not choose to read,” he said in a stone-cold voice. His neck was red, a pinkish red contrasted against the smoky red of his hair. “Very well, Your Highness,” said Evaristo. ” Flustered and upset, fearful that the prince would hate him, Gareth lowered his head over the book and mumbled something to the effect that the words were too difficult. He could not continue. Evaristo merely smiled, said only that perhaps a night’s sleep would restore his memory. Setting the ork book aside, Evaristo asked Gareth what he intended to do with himself when he came to manhood.

I thank you for the honor you do me. ” The lady was gazing up at a cuckoo, perched high in a tree, his inane call sounding discordant over the soft murmured Well of Darkness 25 plashing of the fountain’s water. Hearing Silwyth’s voice, she lowered her gaze and turned her head to look upon him. ” That much Silwyth knew, by the symbol of the Mabretons embroidered in her gown. Again he wondered why she was there, when her husband must be inside the house. The servants arranged the teapots and the plates, then departed.

You will meet my husband there. ” Now the lady’s lips turned upward, and warmth lit the green eyes from within so that Silwyth was reminded of the sun shining through green leaves. ” Silwyth bowed in understanding. He should have known this by the tattoo markings around her eyes, a tattoo that resembles a mask, but which denotes an elf’s ancestry. The wife of the Shield was Hira of House Tanath. House Tanath and House Llywer had been warring on and off for several hundred years, and though the two were nominally at peace now, they remained acknowledged enemies.

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