Fortune's Fool (Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 3) by Mercedes Lackey
By Mercedes Lackey
The 7th daughter of the ocean King, Ekaterina is greater than a pampered princess--she's additionally the family members undercover agent. Which makes her the correct emissary to take a look at fascinating happenings within the neighboring kingdom...and not anything pursuits her greater than Sasha, the 7th son of the king of Belrus. Ekaterina suspects he's faraway from the idiot humans imagine him. yet prior to she will discover what lies underneath his facade, she is kidnapped!
Trapped in a fort on the mercy of a possessive Jinn, Ekaterina is aware her probabilities of being discovered are narrow. Now fortune, a idiot and a paper fowl are the one issues she will count number on--along along with her personal shrewdpermanent brain and intrepid heart....
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He nodded and clucked his horse into motion. It was when the birds scattered from their path that the Adjunct found herself envying the captain. Before her the roused carrion-eaters exposed a carpet of armour, broken bones and meat. The air was hot, turgid and cloying. She saw soldiers, still helmed, their heads crushed by what must have been huge, terribly powerful jaws. She saw torn mail, crumpled shields, and limbs that had been ripped from bodies. Lorn managed only a few moments of careful examination of the scene around them before she fixed her gaze on the promontory ahead, unable to encompass the magnitude of the slaughter.
The captain grunted again.
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