Exile's Children by Angus Wells

By Angus Wells

Half one of many Exiles SagaIn the peaceable land of Ket-Ta-Witko, the folks have lived for generations in concord, stored from difficulty via their Seers' guiding goals. yet now not even these abilities are immune to the powers of affection and love thwarted. while a blood feud escalates into violence, the folks locate themselves beset by way of a race of implacable demons, rationale on destroying every thing they carry pricey. And their one likelihood at redemption lies worlds away, within the harsh and dismal felony colony of Salvation, the place a tavern lady, a gambler, and a tender boy with the forbidden expertise for actual Dreaming were unjustly accused and sure right into a life of servitude. separately, they're helpless. jointly, they might modify the long run eternally.

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Too heavy to lift, it was secured with a padlock that would have defied a less skilled thief: Davyd took out his picks and set to work. It was not long before he sprung the lock and raised the box’ s lid, grinning triumphantly as he surveyed the contents. The sundry papers interested him not at all, but on them lay three pouches that weighed heavy as he snatched them up. He loosed the drawstrings and his grin spread wider as lamplight shone on gold and silver— there was enough there to last him some months.

The one that came that night, though, was mightily difficult to interpret. He floated on a vast expanse of water and could not tell whether he stood alone, somehow suspended above the waves, or on the deck of a ship. It mattered little either way: Davyd was afraid of water, and in this oneiric state it represented a terror as great as that of burning. He looked about and saw no shoreline, no hint of land at all, but only the gray and rolling ocean all around, the waves white-topped under a blue sky absent of any feature other than the unwinking eye of the sun.

Arcole smiled with far more confidence than Dom felt. “ Indeed, I’ d not miss that. ” He took his hand from the rapier and, with his left, loosed the belt. The captain took the proffered sword and nodded at the door. A crowd was gathered there, Dom saw, thankful the Militiaman did not attempt to cuff or bind Arcole. ” Arcole bowed to young Silvestre and his companions. ” “ It shall be spent on an advocate,” Silvestre declared. Arcole smiled and turned to the impatient captain. ” The captain glowered, motioning for his men to hold their muskets ready as he marched from the gaming room.

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