A Thief in the Night: Book Two of the Ancient Blades Trilogy by David Chandler

By David Chandler

Condition made him a felony. future could make him a hero. As a thief, Malden is extraordinary within the loose urban of Ness, and satisfied there. yet by way of saving the lifetime of the knight Croy, Malden has sure himself to an historical, noble brotherhood . . . and he now possesses one in every of merely seven historical Blades in a position to destroying demons. Malden fears accompanying Croy and the barbarian M?rget on their quest to dispatch a bad creature of nightmare . . . nor does he are looking to disturb the vengeful lifeless. yet with an murderer on his heels, the younger cutpurse is left without selection. and there's the comely sorceress, Cythera, to contemplate— promised to Croy yet in love with Malden—not to say the very good treasure rumored to be hidden within the depths of the demon’s lair . . .

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That just left the leader, whose tongue was still swollen in his mouth. He stared at Malden for a very long time. He was making it clear he didn’t think Malden had done him any favors. But eventually he, too, took what was offered. Chapter Four Malden grabbed a sack of coins from the wagon—Doral’s first payment, made in advance—and walked away from the horse and its burden, knowing they would be taken care of by the children. The urchins who lived in the Ashes, orphans all, were desperate, violent little sprites but they worked hard for the pittance Cutbill gave them.

It was very difficult to tell, inside the memory, where the Hieromagus ended and Aethlinga began. He had seen this particular vision so many times. Remembered it, for simply to recall was a sacred rite. This was the history of his people. The thing that could never be forgotten. Later, when the first skirmish was over and the men from the boats lay bleeding and cold on the sand—but others on the ships still stood out on the waves, watching—Aethlinga went to a private grove deep in the forest.

Croy stared at his friend, unsure of what was happening. The thief raised his eyebrows and tilted his head in Cythera’s direction. What was he trying to communicate? Croy was unsure. After a pause for breath, Malden went on. ” From below came the sound of an old drinking song, sung well off key. Cythera didn’t seem to notice the music. ” she asked. “Indeed, milady,” Malden said, and bowed. “Well, then he has said enough. Would someone be kind enough to pour me a cup of wine? I think I need to sit down.

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