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The state is at risk. Renegade knight Sir Keren has succeeded in overtaking citadel Macindaw and is now conspiring with the Scotti. The destiny of Araluen rests within the fingers of 2 younger adventurers: the Ranger Will and his warrior good friend, Horace. but for Will, the stakes are even better. For contained in the fort, anyone he loves is being held hostage. And now the time has come for this onetime apprentice to develop up.

Perfect for lovers of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the earrings, T.H. White’s The Sword within the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon sequence, and George R. R. Martin’s video game of Thrones/A tune of Ice and hearth series.

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Malcolm thought of the very fact for a couple of seconds. "It's unusual, isn't really it? " he remarked at size. "You'd count on features like that to make somebody relatively likable. but by some means he manages to annoy the satan out of me. " He made a quick gesture brushing aside Xander as a topic of dialog. "So, come inside of and inform me extra approximately those Skandians of yours. " He led the way in which contained in the apartment, the place he had a pot of espresso brewing. within the little while that he had identified the younger Ranger, he had realize his near-dependence at the drink. He poured him a cup now and smiled as Will tasted it, smacked his lips and let loose an appreciative sigh. the 2 settled into cozy chairs at Malcolm's kitchen desk. "They'll be alongside in an afternoon or two," Will endured. "I left them to close up their camp and keep on with on. one in every of your humans will consultant them the following. i need to say we have been fortunate to discover them. i'll want combating males, and they are in beautiful scarce provide. " within the first days after he had left Alyss imprisoned in Macindaw's tower, Will had sought furiously to discover the way to liberate her. progressively, his desperation eased as he learned he would want reinforcements and a plan prior to he might mount an assault. the inside track of the Skandians was once like a present from heaven. Malcolm sighed. "True," he acknowledged. "My humans usually are not opponents. they are not informed or outfitted for the task. " "And the folks from the villages round the following may hardly ever subscribe to us. they are all frightened of Malkallam the Black Sorcerer," Will acknowledged. He smiled to teach there has been no insult meant. Malcolm nodded, spotting the reality. " that is a truth. So what do you intend to do while the Skandians get the following? " The Ranger hesitated earlier than answering. "Then... we will see. i'm going to need to determine how to take the fort and get Alyss out of there. " "Have you ever performed that kind of factor prior to? " Malcolm requested. Will grinned ruefully. "Not really," he admitted. "It by no means got here up in my Ranger education. " He did not want to stay on it. He was hoping that the Skandians may need a few rules at the topic, yet he'd move that drawbridge while he got here to it. Malcolm stroked his chin thoughtfully. "Have you thought about sending to citadel Norgate for aid? " Will shifted uncomfortably in his chair. "I have," he responded. "But Keren has the line sealed off. No riders are becoming via. " Malcolm's observers had mentioned that riders heading west have been being stopped and grew to become again. "Except his own," Malcolm answered. "A rider left Macindaw once you have been away. " Will nodded gloomily. "Keren's no idiot. i will guess he is stated that Orman is a traitor and has run off, leaving Keren to maintain Macindaw secure. that is what i might do in his position. the difficulty is, he is good loved and revered. they will be prone to think him. while i am a stranger. what is extra, i am in league with an accused traitor and a recognized sorcerer. " "But you are a King's Ranger," Malcolm acknowledged. " they do not know that. My presence right here was once a mystery. " Will laughed on the idea. "Let's think i'll get a message via, and let's say they do not brush off it out of hand.

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