Well of Darkness by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman

moment in line for succession to the throne, Prince Dagnarus can have his crown... and his queen -- even though his heart's prize is a married elfin good looks. allow his hated half-brother Prince Helmos and the kingdom Lords dare to oppose him. For Dagnarus's such a lot unswerving servant has ventured into the poor darkness, the place lies the main powerful talisman within the realm. And as soon as it truly is at the hours of darkness prince's hand, no energy will deter his Destiny.

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The castle in the city was built in similar fashion, although on a much grander scale, and was even more heavily fortified. The Shield and his family lived in this house most of the year, occupying the castle only in times of war. Silwyth took care that his gaze did not rest too long upon the house and its defenses. Anyone watching him—and he was certain he was being watched—might suspect him of trying to find a way to defeat those defenses. Silwyth’s gaze accorded the house the admiration it was due, then returned to the garden.

Silwyth forgot himself, spoke out freely and too loudly. A glance from the Shield counseled Silwyth to lower his voice. The servants had been sent away, but almost certainly some in the Shield’s household were paid spies and might be skulking about in the shadows. The Shield would know who Well of Darkness 41 these people were, of course, and would be watching them, intercepting their communications. But still, wisdom lay in discretion. “No, the Divine is quite cunning, in fact,” said the Shield.

Evaristo was unperturbed. ” Dagnarus’s back stiffened. He turned away from his tutor, stared out the window. “I do not choose to read,” he said in a stone-cold voice. His neck was red, a pinkish red contrasted against the smoky red of his hair. “Very well, Your Highness,” said Evaristo. ” Flustered and upset, fearful that the prince would hate him, Gareth lowered his head over the book and mumbled something to the effect that the words were too difficult. He could not continue. Evaristo merely smiled, said only that perhaps a night’s sleep would restore his memory.

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