By Elizabeth Bear
From the Â“talentedÂ” (Entertainment Weekly) award-winning writer of Whiskey and Water and Blood and Iron.
Kit Marley and William Shakespeare are playwrights within the provider of Queen Elizabeth, hired by way of the Prometheus membership. Their phrases, infused with magic, empower Her MajestyÂ’s rule. yet a few of the Prometheans, produced from EnglandÂ’s such a lot influential males and mages, conspire to usurp the Queen.
in a position to stroll in either worlds, equipment seeks allies to assist him in his undertaking to guard ElizabethÂ—only to come across enemies, mortal and monster, who will cease at not anything to bring in a brand new age. yet regardless of the could of his adversaries, package possesses extra strength than even he can probably imagine.
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A reputation to conjure with, or so i'm guaranteed. ” “Why didst thou come right here? To mock me on my deathbed? ” equipment bit his decrease lip savagely. this isn't going good. “To realize why thou didst seem in my glass whilst I sought Richard Baines. ” Oxford laughed. it may were a cough. “Because i will inform thee anything concerning the Prometheans. ” “Aye? ” “Aye,” de Vere acknowledged. “What is Prometheus yet wisdom? ” He coughed, and had now not the energy to hide his mouth along with his fingers. “What is God yet mercy? ” “Is God that? ” however the gentle in his breast flared into savagery, and—unwitting—Kit laid a hand on Oxford’s shoulder. It was once now not his personal hand, relatively: he may well see the glare and the ability glowing at the back of the fingernails. Mehiel. God’s pity, at the least. Does Oxford deserve that? “When we'd like him to be. ” Oxford smiled, his enamel white as whittled pegs in the back of liver-colored lips. “Those that thieve from the gods, those who defy God, they're punished. How couldst thou, with the divine hearth of thy phrases, count on to flee? ” equipment considered Lucifer’s beautiful affliction, and nodded. “Aye. Punished. ” Oxford smiled, and equipment nonetheless knew him good sufficient to learn the excitement in his eyes. The excitement of a chess participant who has effectively expected his opponent. package blinked. “You summoned me. ” “Did I? ” “Aye. ” “Aye—” Oxford’s cough racked equipment to boot, and either one of them pressed their hands to their mouths. “I summoned thee. I cry thee mercy, Kitten. ” “I owe thee not anything. ” “Except revenge? ” “It’s not worthy it to me. ” Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord. “Thou’rt loss of life. ” “I by no means said,” Oxford replied, his gaze completely point on Kit’s, “that thou shouldst search vengeance on me. yet there are different reasons my dying could serve. ” “Baines is eating me. ” package nodded, figuring out. Then gasped as Mehiel responded Oxford’s phrases from inside, a flare of panicked energy that equipment proposal may well circulate from his fingertips, halo his head just like the inverse of Lucifer’s shadowy crown. The angel—was afraid. And moved to pity, either. Don’t you take into accout bow this guy used us, Mehiel? How he plotted to have us slain? “Thy loss of life could serve my reasons fairly good, Edward. ” “Didst ever ask thyself what Prometheus may want? ” “Other than a brand new liver? ” “Thy wit has regularly been thine undoing,” Oxford stated tiredly. “Kit, mock me no longer while i've got the desire to assist thee, this one final time. Baines has used me up to he has thee—” “How speedy they run to banish him i like, ” equipment stated, simply to see Oxford wince. “What, Edward? What does Prometheus wish? ” “It’s a riddle. It is determined by while thou dost meet him. Is he mountain climbing to the heavens, or is he hurled backtrack? Is he chained on a rock, moaning for free up? might he search immortality, or could he entreat thee take it from him, and make him yet a mortal guy back? ” equipment shook his head. Oxford was once constantly one to talk in riddles, having fun with teasing others with what he knew they usually didn’t, and equipment had no abdominal for it now. “What vile activity wilt thou bid me to? Why is’t I usually are not holiday thy wretched neck?