A Shadow in Summer (Long Price Quartet, Book 1) by Daniel Abraham
By Daniel Abraham
The robust city-state of Saraykeht is a bastion of peace and tradition, a massive middle of trade and alternate. Its economic system relies on the facility of the captive spirit, Seedless, an andat certain to the poet-sorcerer Heshai for all times. input the Galts, a juggernaut of an empire devoted to laying waste to all lands with their ferocious military. Saraykeht, although, has continually been too powerful for the Galts to assault, yet now they see a chance. in the event that they can cast off Heshai, Seedless’s bonded poet-sorcerer, Seedless will perish and the complete urban will fall. With mystery forces contained in the urban, the Galts arrange to enact their poor plan.
In the center is Otah, an easy laborer with a posh prior. Recruited to behave as a bodyguard for his girlfriend's boss at a mystery assembly, he inadvertently learns of the Galtish plot. Otah unearths himself because the sole desire of Saraykeht, both he stops the Galts, or the entire urban and everybody in it perishes eternally.
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