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The Chernagor Pirates (Scepter of Mercy, Book 2) by Harry Turtledove

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By Harry Turtledove

Just a long-lost talisman can shop a besieged nation torn among kings, as a malevolent god marshals his minions to assault, corrupt, and destroy.

Two lieges—King Lanius, who's of royal blood, and King Grus, the usurper—now percentage the throne of Avornis. the previous wields no genuine strength, saved impotent by means of the regents surrounding him. The latter mans the conflict strains, decided to guard the dominion from a fearsome, immortal god who was once expelled from heaven. To the north, the city-state Chernagor is being torn asunder through a savage civil struggle that threatens to spill earlier the border at any second. disaster looms for Avornis or even kings united is probably not powerful adequate to avoid wasting her. The kingdom's ultimate wish lies within the restoration of the Scepter of Mercy, misplaced for 4 centuries. however the amazing talisman is within the fingers of the Menteshe—barbarian nomads who're vassals of the negative exiled god—and now that the Banished One desires to eat the whole global, they'll by no means relinquish its power.

The Scepter of Mercy, Harry Turtledove's epic delusion trilogy, keeps with The Chernagor Pirates, the second one quantity in an experience that pits guy opposed to guy, and guy opposed to immortal. initially penned below the pseudonym Dan Chernenko, it really is an unforgettable story that demonstrates the remarkable creativity and detailed storytelling prowess of the Hugo Award–winning grasp world-builder.

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Arobynn encouraged cutthroat behavior. Even when they were children, he’d set her and Sam against each other, use their victories and failures against them. He’d made her see everyone but Arobynn and Ben as a potential enemy. As allies, yes, but also as foes to be closely watched. Weakness was never to be shown at any cost. Brutality was rewarded. And education and culture were equally important—words could be just as deadly as steel. But the Silent Assassins . . Though they, too, might be killers, they looked to each other for learning.

Instantly, Sam was dragged out of his chair, his arms pinned back by Tern and Mullin. Harding took a step in front of them, his fist flexing. “No,” Celaena breathed as she met Sam’s wide-eyed stare. Arobynn wouldn’t be that cruel—he wouldn’t make her watch as he hurt Sam. Something tight and aching built in her throat. But Celaena kept her head high, even as Arobynn said quietly to her, “You are not going to enjoy this. You will not forget this. ” She whipped her head back to Sam, a plea for Harding not to hurt him on her lips.

Given what Arobynn had done to her, she hardly felt defensive of the assassins in Adarlan’s empire. But . . but to see all these assassins gathered here, so much collective power and knowledge, and to know that they wouldn’t dare intrude on Arobynn’s—on her—territory . . Celaena went on eating in silence as Ansel and Mikhail and a few others around them talked quietly. Vows of silence, Ansel had explained earlier, were taken for as long as each person saw fit. Some spent weeks in silence; others, years.

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