The Burning Shadow (Gods and Warriors)

By Michelle Paver

For enthusiasts of Nancy Farmer and Lloyd Alexander comes overseas bestselling writer Michelle Paver’s moment novel within the Bronze Age experience series.
 
While looking for his abducted sister, Outsider Hylas takes a perilous detour whilst he’s captured as a slave and despatched to the copper mines of Thalakrea. Hylas faces brutal overseers and deadly cave-ins whereas evading his enemies, the Crows. using an orphaned lion cub and his friend Pirra, Hylas needs to get away the mines and shatter the ability of the Crows for sturdy. But the prophecy remains to be at paintings and Hylas can't get away its grasp, especially when the anger of the oldest god is woke up.

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Hekabi solid Akastos an anguished glance. The excessive Chieftain sat at once in entrance of the chest that held the dagger. there has been no aspect feigning a healthy now, it can in addition be on the backside of the ocean. “What can we do? ” whispered Hylas. “We wait,” breathed Akastos. at the tripod, the beef of sacrifice was once turning black, hazing the air with sour smoke. Alekto took a glass and poured water over her father’s arms, then dried them with a material. She used to be trembling, and he or she made yes to not contact his flesh together with her personal. Pharax grasped a tall vessel of polished obsidian and stuffed an earthenware cup so positive the firelight glowed via it. The liquid was once crimson and thick: Hylas guessed it was once blood and wine. With pounding middle, he watched Koronos drink. Hooded eyes like a lizard’s. A gradual faded tongue that slid out to lick a lipless mouth. Kreon provided the excessive Chieftain a bronze platter of burned meat, and he ate one morsel. His fingernails have been stained black and reduce to issues, and on his thumb he wore a hoop of grey steel; Hylas guessed this was once iron. “Now you, grandson,” he stated stonily. The others waited. Telamon licked his lips. He reached for a bit of meat and placed it in his mouth. Koronos nodded as soon as, then ordered his sons and daughter to devour. The Crows seated themselves and fell at the burned meat, snatching chunks and snapping it up with their sharp black talons. Hylas observed grease glinting in Kreon’s beard, and a fleck of charred dermis stuck among Alekto’s white tooth. back the excessive Chieftain drank, then flung the cup to the ground, shattering it to items. Hekabi had stated that Koronos purely used new vessels, and purely ever as soon as. Hylas should have flinched on the noise, simply because Koronos observed him. Hylas bowed his head. He felt the lizard gaze sweep over him with the strength of lightning. He swayed. This guy had decreed the slaughter of all Outsiders. due to him, Issi was once lacking, possibly dead . . . a robust hand gripped his shoulder, and Akastos breathed in his ear: “Soon. I’ll let you know what to assert. ” The Crows have been daubing their cheeks with ash. The dinner party used to be over. It used to be time to learn the smoke, to inform if the ceremony had labored. along with his sword, Pharax struck the bronze bowl that had held the embers, making it sing. Alekto started to chant, circling the tripod and crushing hemlock underneath her glistening ft. Koronos rose and held his fingers arms upward over the tripod. nonetheless chanting, Alekto took the obsidian vessel and poured a pink move over her father’s arms and onto the charcoal, elevating hissing clouds of smoke. The liquid that touched his fingertips used to be for the gods, that flowing among his hands for the Ancestors, and that during his palms—which used to be such a lot of it—was for the spirits whose real names now not even Koronos dared utter aloud: the offended Ones. The vessel was once empty, and Alekto withdrew. Koronos leaned ahead, respiring the smoke. Hekabi moved nearer, to learn the indicators. within the silence, Hylas heard the crackle of embers and the whisper of breath. He clutched the lion claw on his chest. Beside him, Akastos gripped the pouch that held Hekabi’s allure.

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