The River Kings' Road: A Novel of Ithelas
'The wounded maidservant thrust the knotted blankets at him: instinctively, Brys stepped forward and caught the bundle before it fell. Then he glimpsed what lay inside and nearly dropped it himself. '
'There was a baby in the blankets. A baby with a tear-swollen face red and round as a midsummer plum. A baby he knew, even without seeing the lacquered medallion tucked into the swaddling a medallion far too heavy, on a chain far too cold for an infant who had not yet seen a year. '
A fragile period of peace between the eternally warring kingdoms of Oakharn and Langmyr is shattered when a surprise massacre fueled by bloodmagic ravages the Langmyrne border village of Willowfield, killing its inhabitants including a visiting Oakharne lord and his family and leaving behind a scene so grisly that even the carrion eaters avoid its desecrated earth. But the dead lord s infant heir has survived the carnage a discovery that entwines the destinies of Brys Tarnell, a mercenary who rescues the helpless and ailing babe, and who enlists a Langmyr peasant, a young mother herself, to nourish and nurture the child of her enemies as they travel a dark, perilous road . . . Odosse, the peasant woman whose only weapons are wit, courage, and her fierce maternal love and who risks everything she holds dear to protect her new charge . . . Sir Kelland, a divinely blessed Knight of the Sun, called upon to unmask the architects behind the slaughter and avert war between ancestral enemies . . . Bitharn, Kelland s companion on his journey, who conceals her lifelong love for the Knight behind her flawless archery skills and whose feelings may ultimately be Kelland s undoing . . . and Leferic, an Oakharne Lord s bitter youngest son, whose dark ambitions fuel the most horrific acts of violence. As one infant s life hangs in the balance, so too does the fate of thousands, while deep in the forest, a Maimed Witch practices an evil bloodmagic that could doom them all. . . .'
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