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By Brian McClellan

Taniel is a powder mage, a flintlock marksman having the ability to imbibe universal black powder to reinforce his brain, physique, and senses, in addition to shoot over lengthy distances. despatched into temporary exile through his father, he’s speculated to see a few of the global and funky his head, to benefit anything in addition to existence within the Adran military. His arrival in exile, despite the fact that, coincides with the eruption of a bloody new clash because the colony of Fatrasta rises up opposed to its Kez suppressers.

Taniel has yes skills that the Fatrastan military may well rather well use, and he simply can’t aid yet get involved…

Occurs years prior to the occasions in Promise of Blood.

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Oh, Kresimir, supply me energy. ” “We can’t stop,” Taniel stated as Dina started to fall. “I’m all right,” Dina insisted. “Keep going. there'll be widespread hummocks of dry land emerging above the water—that’s the easiest position to relaxation. ” Taniel’s subsequent phrases died on his lips as he stuck sight of the savage lady he had visible on the street ahead of the conflict. She stood a pair dozen paces off, similar to she had again within the city, dealing with him, catching his eye, her face impassive. Taniel felt like chilly arms have been tracing their method up the small of his again. “Do you see... ” “I can’t see a blasted factor during this darkness,” Dina stated. “You’re a powder mage, you’ll need to advisor us on. ” “Here, I... ” Taniel appeared away for simply part a second, and the woman was once long gone. there has been shouting at the back of them, and Taniel knew he had offerings: circulate quicker and possibility stepping in a sinkhole, or take it slowly and permit the Kez squaddies meet up with them. a brief look again confirmed that the Kez had entered the swamp a few hundred yards in the back of him. They carried lanterns, hooded opposed to the rain. Taniel must outrun them, risking the sinkholes and swamp dragons. There, up forward. The savage woman back. Taniel fought his worry with anger. Who the pit used to be she? What did she wish? Why used to be she haunting him? “There’s a girl,” Taniel hissed. Dina clutched at him. “What did you assert? ” “A savage woman. She’s up forward, looking at us. ” He desired to say the be aware “spirit” yet fought opposed to it. He didn’t have to scare Dina. clergymen have been notoriously excitable approximately this sort of issues. “I’ve heard stories... ” “This isn't any time for superstition,” Dina acknowledged. “She has to be one of many tribe, the following to lead us. stick to her! ” Taniel improved, in basic terms to think his leg sink into the dust as much as his knee. “Sinkhole! ” He attempted to step again, yet an excessive amount of of his weight have been on his entrance leg, leaving him without leverage. “Don’t move,” Dina stated. Her raspy respiring crammed Taniel’s ears, and he may think her take hold of him through the shoulder. “I’ve braced my feet,” she acknowledged. “I’ll pull on you presently. simply wait until... ” gentle without warning blinded Taniel, searing Dina’s face into his imaginative and prescient. He felt the grip on his shoulder disappear, and he fell again into the dust, palms flailing for buy. His correct arm sank during the murk and he suggestion he could be sucked down ceaselessly, earlier than one fingertip touched anything strong. He compelled himself to freeze. suffering might simply make it worse. He concerned about floating within the water above the sinkhole, one hand with an organization grip on a rock underneath the water. It used to be the one factor maintaining him from being pulled down. Pushing with that one hand, he felt his face holiday the skin and took in a ragged breath. Calm, he reminded himself. He needed to breathe slowly and paintings his manner clear of the sinkhole. He remembered Dina’s face within the lightning—mouth open, eyes broad, good points ashen—and he knew that she had most likely been useless by the point she hit the water. His eyes have been caked close via dust, and there has been a soreness in his facet that hadn’t been there a second in the past.

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