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464 pages, Hardcover
First published August 13, 2019
Maybe, in these troubling times of rising fascism and white nationalism, it's not a great idea to shape your novel's plot around the idea of suspecting the desert-dwelling immigrants of secretly trying to bring the country down.
(Tragically, I am neither kidding or embellishing.)
“Excuse me,” a man said behind me in rough Tradespeech. I moved aside to let him pass, shocked when I saw his Sonnenborne garb. Two more people rushed after him, both carrying tall stacks of folded fabric.
“What the Sixth Hell are Sonnenbornes doing here?” I asked.
“Those are textile merchants.” Alek shrugged.
“Sonnenbornes just attacked a city a week’s ride from here!”
“Which is why it’s doubtful that those textile merchants were involved in the attack.”
“Kartasha is neutral territory,” Denna added.
“Its people will feel different after we share details of the attack,” I said. Still, it didn’t sit right with me. Rumors had to have made their way ahead of us, even if we came bearing the official message. Wouldn’t that have made people suspicious of Sonnenbornes, especially if they knew that children had been abducted during the battle?
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I shook my head, bewildered. "I've always known what lay ahead."