Shadowrise (Shadowmarch, Book 3) by Tad Williams

By Tad Williams

Southmarch fortress is set to be stuck among implacable enemies, the traditional, immortal Qar and the insane god-king, the Autarch of Xis. in the meantime, its younger defenders, the king’s young ones Princess Briony and Prince Barrick, are either trapped distant from domestic and battling for his or her lives. Barrick is misplaced at the back of the Shadowline, dealing with the entire bad risks and mysteries of that magical twilight land. Briony is on my own in a treacherous overseas court docket, suffering to outlive with out weapon left to her yet her wits. And in the course of all this, whatever unimaginable is awakening beneath Southmarch, whatever strong and negative that the area has no longer obvious for hundreds of thousands of years. during this 3rd quantity Barrick and Briony, besides Qinnitan — the Autarch’s determined, escaped slave — a faithful soldier named Ferras Vansen, and a tiny handful of alternative folks, usual and outstanding, needs to have the ability to save lots of their global, in any other case witness the increase of a bad new age — an age of endless darkness.

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He felt sore and bruised all over,. but with the meal and a little rest, not particularly tired. "I move we go on down now," he suggested, walking to the edge of 'the huge crevice in which they were sitting. " "Perhaps we might as well," agreed the Doctor, rising also. " The incongruity of his last words with the scene around made the Doctor smile. Overhead the sky still showed a narrow ribbon of blue. Across the valley the sunlight sparkled on the yellowish crags of the rocky wall. In the shadow, on the side down which they were climbing, the rocks now shone distinctly phosphorescent, with a peculiar waviness of outline.

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