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415 pages, Hardcover
First published September 1, 2015
“It was while occupied with this particular thought, this melancholy satisfaction, that Dane heard a new strain of music break the silence. But this was not music such as he had ever heard before. Dissonant, it ripped across the night. Across his soul. And then blackness before his eyes, and then nothing at all.”
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“Jasmine and honeysuckle twined in starry abundance on walls that sealed the mansions of Tamryllin from the streets.”
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“Roses greeted them in a profusion that appeared white by moonlight, islands in a dark sea of thorns and leaves. … Stone benches were scattered under the trees with deliberate artlessness.”
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“Valanir, eyes alight, had begun to speak.
‘It is good to be home.’ Each word, shaped with the precision of a rock carving, falling into breathless silence.”
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“He was still in the old district, where ancient marble gave art to each slope, every winding passageway and soaring arch.”
David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of nearly 30 novels of science fiction, fantasy, and adventure. He is currently writing the Dark Arts trilogy for Tor Books; its first volume, The Midnight Front, is tentatively scheduled for publication in the first quarter of 2017.
"Swift the river flows, and with it all my hopes. My lady," he sang, and then found the line that had been eluding him, that his heart had been searching for all through their long journey. "Never shall we see such times again."