By Katharine Kerr
Drawing on Celtic lore, the Deverry sequence has develop into a well-liked staple of the fashionable myth reader's library. Now A Time of Omens signs the intertwining of the 2 international of the sequence: Deverry, the realm of people and elves, and the astral aircraft, the place robust immortals live.
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Underneath, in a shallow hole in the ground, was an oblong box, about two feet long but only some ten inches wide. ” Although it was faint now, a bare wisp of smoke in the firelight, the thing shook its head no and lifted both hands—imploring him, Nevyn thought, to forgive it or do something or perhaps both. When he reached in and lifted the box, some weight inside lurched and slid with a waft of unpleasant smell from the crack around the lid. Since he considered himself hardened to all forms of death, Nevyn threw open the lid and nearly gagged—not from the smell, this time, but from the sight.
That night Nevyn summoned Maddyn and Caradoc to the king’s private chambers for a conference. Casyl had a map of the three kingdoms, drawn in great detail by the priests of Wmm, and, as he remarked, it had cost him far more than the weight of its thin parchment in gold. While Nevyn and the king chewed over the problems involved in getting Maryn to Cerrmor, Maddyn stared fascinated at the map in the flaring candlelight. Although he couldn’t read, he could pick out the rivers and the mountains, the Canaver and the Cantrae hills where he’d lived his early life, the long rivers of central Deverry running down from the northern mountains, and, finally, the Aver El, the river with the foreign name whose source lay in the lake just outside the window of the conference room.
I’ve come across a few of the latter. Fit for raven food and naught else, they were. ” “Don’t forget, my liege, that Cerrmor is doubtless boiling over with intrigue at the moment,” Nevyn said. “For a long while now there have been omens of the coming of the true king as well as much speculation as to his name. I’m sure that by now Maryn’s bloodlines are well known there. ” The king traced out the Pyrdon border with his fingertip. “There could be several different enemies laying for our prince.
A Time of Omens by Katharine Kerr