By J. V. Jones
"Wonderful . . . J.V. Jones is a amazing writer." So says Robert Jordan, the writer of The Wheel of Time epic fable sequence. And Jones lives as much as that compliment within the hugely charged epic event of Ash March and Raif Sevrance, outcasts whose fates are entwined by means of destiny and via desire, within the chilly, darkish global that threatens to be torn asunder through a battle to finish all wars. they're yet of many that struggle the feared Endlords, yet either Ash and Raif are precise in specified ways in which isolate them, but which additionally let them to accomplish heroic acts that may shop their world.Raif, wrongly accused and bring to an end from his extended family via the treachery in their new headsman, has a expertise for killing that's a part of his curse and his burden. yet he bears one other burden of larger weight. Ash is a sacred warrior to the Sull, an historical race whose numbers have declined.Raised as a foundling, she by no means knew her real historical past, she needs to learn how to settle for the bad presents of her heritage.But as Ash learns extra of her larger destiny, Raif's activity looms darkish and determined, for he needs to trip throughout the nightmare realm of the wish, a spot the place even the Sull now worry to tread. For deep in the wish is the citadel of gray Ice, and there he needs to heal the breach within the Blindwall that already threatens the realm. should still he fail, now not even Ash's powers can retailer them...
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The ice seal cracked, and the thick sea-salt-cured planking swung back to reveal a twilight landscape of day-burning stars and ice. The sun was somewhere north of the horizon, unseen, but sending out rays of red light that stretched across the floes toward the sea. The air smelled of a coldness beyond frost. When Raif exhaled his breath whitened so violently it seemed to ignite. "Sila. " The small hunched figure of the Listener was heading toward him, leaning heavily on a staff of twisted horn as he made his way across the cleared space at the center of the stone mounds.
You bring Scarpemen into this house, she wanted to say. No Hailsman wills that. She said, "Not all in the clan condemn her. " "It's hardly surprising that Orwin defends the girl. " Raina felt the net closing. He was too clever, this husband of hers; she didn't have the words to best him. Still, she could not let Effie go undefended. "Cutty Moss was trying to kill her. No one can deny that. " Mace sighed. " Mace shook his head sadly. "Come now, Raina, don't let your love for the girl blind you.
Turning, he bid her enter with a crook of his wrist. She watched him move. The leathers he wore were as fluid as cloth and they curved to his spine as he walked. Wolves' eyeteeth had been mounted around the hem of his greatcloak to weight it, and the fist-size brooch that held it to his throat was fashioned as a wolf pup, carved and silvered and packed with lead. Coming to stand behind the block of sandstone known as the Chief's Cairn, he bid her seal the door. Even now, after fourteen weeks of marriage, she feared to be alone with him.
A Fortress of Grey Ice: Book Two of Sword of Shadows by J. V. Jones