The Sea Watch by Adrian Tchaikovsky

By Adrian Tchaikovsky

Publication 6 of 'Shadows of the Apt'

A shadow is falling over Collegium. regardless of the tenuous peace, Stenwold Maker is aware that the Empire will go back for his urban. whilst he attempts to arrange for the resurgence of the black and gold, a hidden probability is gradually operating opposed to his humans. Ships that sail from Collegium's harbour are being attacked, sunk via pirates. a few simply cross lacking ...

Lulled by way of the unfold of lies and fake provides Stenwold's allies are falling clear of him. He faces betrayal on each part, and the Empire is simply awaiting the 1st signal of weak point to strike. however the Empire isn't the purely energy that has its eyes on Collegium. or even the Wasp-kinden could be strong adequate to stave off the forces massing within the darkness and turning hungry eyes in the direction of Stenwold's urban.

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Tarma had been impressed with the quarters and the town; the inhabitants were easy, cheerful and friendly - which spoke of good behavior on the part of the meres. The Hawks' winter quarters were better than those of many standing armies, and Tarma had especially approved of the tall wooden palisade that stretched across the entrance to Hawksnest, a palisade guarded by both Hawks and townsmen. And the Hawks themselves - as rumor had painted them - were a tight and disciplined group; drilling even in the slack season, and showing no sign of winter-born softness.

But the current pair of bright-eyed lovelies was sent pouting away when straw-haired Ikan answered their knock and discovered just who it was chat had chosen to descend upon himself and his partner. One of the innkeeper's quick-footed offspring was summoned then, and sent off for food and ale - for neither Justin nor his shieldbrother would hear a word of serious talk until everyone was settled and comfortable at their hearth, meat and drink at their elbows. Justin and Ikan took their hospitality very seriously.

The scout had been barely conscious by the time they'd pounded up to the Sunhawk camp. " "Teach me to steal eggs, why don't you? Tell me something I don't know," Tarma snapped, ice-blue eyes narrowed in irritation, harsh voice and craggy-featured scowl making her look more like a hawk than ever. Oops. A little too near the bone, I think. "Temper," Kethry cautioned; it had taken years of partnership for them to be able to say the right thing at the right time to each other, but these days they seldom fouled the relationship.

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