By Tanith Lee
An epic delusion experience of untamed creatures, enchanted landscapes, and noble destinies,
In a land of never-ending wintry weather, the excessive Magus Thryfe travels with haste to town of Ruk Kar to warn Vuldir, King Accessorate, of a turning out to be strength of envy and darkness. one in all Vuldir’s daughters, the seventeen-year-old Saphay, is to wed the Jafn chieftain Athluan, yet Thryfe foresees that the wedding will result in the destruction of the entire Ruk kings, their lineage, and their humans. brushing off the magician’s ominous phrases, Saphay units off towards the East and her betrothed—only to fulfill disaster.
Athluan, Saphay’s husband-to-be, hears rumors of a blond maiden in royal outfits entombed in a towering pyramid of ice. it truly is Saphay, and he or she is alive. The royal marriage ceremony ensues and soon—perhaps too soon—Saphay turns into pregnant. As time is going on, the son she births will express indicators of a divine and heroic destiny.
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