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Forsworn: A Powder Mage Novella by Brian McClellan

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By Brian McClellan

Erika ja Leora is a powder mage in northern Kez, a spot the place that exact sorcery is punishable by means of dying. She is just secure by means of her relatives identify and her place as inheritor to a duchy.

When she comes to a decision to assist a tender commoner—a powder mage marked for dying, fugitive from the law—she places her existence and relations popularity in danger and units off to bring her new ward to the security of Adro whereas enjoying cat and mouse with the king’s personal mage hunters and their captain, Duke Nikslaus.

Occurs approximately thirty-five years ahead of the occasions in Promise of Blood.

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