Taken (Alex Verus, Book 3) by Benedict Jacka
By Benedict Jacka
This time final 12 months, i may move weeks with out seeing one other mage. In mage society i used to be an unknown and, all in all, that was once how I beloved it. It’s difficult to claim what replaced. no matter what it used to be, I obtained desirous about the paranormal global back and commenced getting myself a name.
Alex Verus’s insights into the longer term was once the best-kept mystery in London. Now, via his apprentice, Luna, his specified investigative abilities are the entire rage. He simply needs to be cautious approximately making a choice on his employers, simply because everyone—even the gorgeous girl who essentially begs him to run protection for a prestigious tournament—has explanations that may be not easy to foretell. And Alex doesn’t do unpredictable.
yet his most up-to-date gig simply could be very unlikely. Apprentices were vanishing with out a trace—and a person at the Council should be concerned. Alex has no proof, no witnesses, and no suspects. All he is familiar with is that somebody is holding tabs on him. And after assassins goal Luna’s classmate, Alex sees that he doesn’t recognize the half it—and that he may be the subsequent to vanish.
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Nat pwes (various through the year) At gatherings such as the Brother Lords Festival in Taungbyon, music, dance, inebriation, and gambling are part of the day’s events as the 37 nat spirits are invoked, worshipped, and petitioned (see pp136–7). Taunggyi Balloon Festival (November) Balloons of all shapes and sizes are exhibited and flown during the day, while ear-splitting explosions rent the night sky over Taunggyi when elaborately decorated giant paper balloons packed with fireworks are let loose over the heads of cheering crowds (see p172).
Shortly after their coronation, to eliminate any potential threat to their rule, the couple oversaw the killing of scores of young royals in a massacre that outraged world opinion. The British called for regime change, but finally it was a dispute over timber taxes on Scottish teak importers that ignited the third, and decisive, Anglo-Burmese war of 1885. This time, the Konbaung king offered no more British soldiers at the Shwedagon Pagoda, First Anglo-Burmese War 1800 1825 1862 Exiled Bahadur Shah Zafar, India’s last Mughal emperor emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar dies in Rangoon 1850 1824 First Anglo- 1826 Treaty of Yandabo 1852 Second 1859 Mindon Burmese War between the British East India Company and the King of Inwa (Ava) Anglo-Burmese War; British seize and expand Rangoon moves capital to Mandalay T H E H I S T O R Y O F M YA N M A R than token resistance to the army that steamed up the Ayeyarwady.
Applying gold leaf Gold leaf is among the favorite donations of Burmese Buddhists. In some famous shrines, it is applied directly by pilgrims. However, only men are allowed to do this. Vipassana Literally “seeing through the veil of ignorance,” Vipassana is a form of meditation aimed at promoting insight and concentration. It had a great revival in Burma in the early 20th century. Merit making Merit (punya in Sanskrit) derives from all good thoughts and actions, and contributes towards a person’s spiritual liberation.