Chapter Six

Kalo Patwa hunched in shadow on the eastern horizon, the sun rising behind it in eight rays of golden light. The good omen lifted Arnol’s spirits as he pulled his coat tighter around him in the chilly dawn air. Wilan had said it was always hot here—or rather, he had written it—but this weather pleased…

Chapter Five

A light breeze carried with it the mingled scents of a thousand flowers, brought from all corners of the kingdom and beyond to surround the princess with loveliness, yet none of it could draw Bariti’s thoughts away from Daruntala anymore. Ever since being brought to court from Keranta’s manor two days south of the capital,…

Chapter Four

The apparent ease with which the Adusinate had granted him an audience with their leader surprised Keranta, though he would never show it. All that he did must appear to be part of a plan, which it certainly was, but also one in which he had unending confidence. As it was, he did feel confident….

Chapter Three

The sun was about to set on this strange, little island in the south seas and Arnol Gesseren Talgorram supposed he would still not lack for questions by the time it rose again. Around him sat men who had advised his father, God rest his soul, a few of whom had even fought the Vedan…

Chapter Two

“I assure you, your majesty, this is only a routine procedure. We must see to your majesty’s fitness of body. After all, the body and spirit are one, and the fitness of one affects the other most drastically.” Bariti Latevisha Jewaktana, princess and first wife of the exiled General Keranta, had already exhausted her excuses…

Chapter One

From the moment Ajan Keranta Surankaje read his brother-in-law’s pronouncement, he knew that this little outpost in the farthest corner of the kingdom was not to be his new command: it was to be his prison. A spit of land known only to traders and the court cartographers, Kalo Malut had been an observation post…