By Lynn Flewelling

"A new big name is emerging within the delusion firmament...teems with magic and spine-chilling quantities of skullduggery."–Dave Duncan, writer of The nice Game

When younger Alec of Kerry is taken prisoner for a criminal offense he didn’t dedicate, he's definite that his lifestyles is at an finish. yet something he by no means anticipated used to be his cellmate. undercover agent, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things–none of them predictable. And while he bargains to tackle Alec as his apprentice, issues could by no means be an identical for both of them. quickly Alec is touring roads he by no means knew existed, towards a conflict he by no means suspected used to be brewing. sooner than lengthy he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than both can think, and which could expense them way over their lives in the event that they fail. yet fortune is as unpredictable as Alec’s new mentor, and this time there simply may possibly be…Luck within the Shadows.

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Alec answered, the sting of worry transparent in his voice. Seregil published him with a snarl of exasperation. “Are you blind? It’s as tall as a—” yet while he pointed back it vanished with a parting wave of its arm. An icy wave of worry rolled over him. through the rest of that leaden afternoon his darkish tormentor toyed with him, enjoying an evil online game of hide-and-seek. First Seregil could undercover agent it far flung, spinning head over heels in the center of a naked box. A second later it'll seem beside him, striding beside the cart shut adequate to the touch. A troop of Mycenian defense force rode by means of and he observed it lurching alongside neglected of their midst; quickly after it rode earlier within the wrong way at the again of a farm wagon. Alec essentially couldn't see it and Seregil quickly gave up calling his cognizance to it; regardless of the visitations intended, they have been for him by myself. The worst got here simply because the solar was once stooping to the horizon. He hadn’t noticeable the specter for almost part an hour. by surprise a wave of appalling coldness engulfed him. leaping unsteadily to his toes, he whirled to discover the creature crouched within the tail of the cart, palms outstretched as though to assemble either Alec and him to its breast. The hem of its black sleeve truly brushed Alec’s head. Then it laughed. An obscenely wealthy giggle bubbled up from the depths of the black hood and with the sound got here a charnel stench so revolting that Seregil retched dryly while he grappled with Alec for the boy’s sword. evidently confident that Seregil had long gone thoroughly mad finally, Alec fought him for it they usually either toppled over the aspect. They got here down challenging with Seregil on best. the horse persisted on a number of yards, then shuffled to a cease. taking a look up, Seregil observed that the cart was once empty. He rocked again on his heels and drew in deep, shuddering breaths, one hand pressed to his chest. “Look at me! ” Alec demanded angrily, scrambling as much as grab him through the shoulders. “Never brain concerning the pony. It’s not likely at any place. You’ve obtained to inform me what’s happening! i would like that can assist you, yet rattling it, Seregil, you’ve acquired to speak to me! ” Seregil shook his head slowly, nonetheless staring over his shoulder on the cart. “Get us off the line sooner than darkish! ” he whispered. “Aura Elustri málrei—” “Tell me what you observed! ” Alec cried, shaking him in frustration. Seregil all for Alec then, clutching on the entrance of the boy’s tunic in desperation. “We needs to get off the line! ” Alec looked him for an extended second, then shook his head resignedly. “We will,” he promised. They got here to a ramshackle crossroads lodge previous to darkish. Seregil’s legs buckled as he stepped down from the cart and Alec needed to aid him within. “I desire a room. No, rooms,” Alec informed the innkeeper curtly. “Top of the steps. ” the fellow eyed Seregil nervously. “Is your pal the following unwell? ” “Not so ailing that I can’t pay,” Seregil stated, forcing a grin. It took all his focus to make it convincing and once he used to be out of the man’s sight he dropped the pretense, sagging opposed to Alec as they climbed the slim stairs.

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