By Sara Douglass
Epic delusion within the culture of Trudi Canavan, Fiona McIntosh and Robert Jordan. one thousand years in the past, the folks of Achar drove the Forbidden from their lands. yet now the northern tribes of the Ravensbund are fleeing south back, with nightmarish stories of creatures who feed upon the phobia in their prey. iciness has come early, and with it the promise of struggle. Axis, bastard son of the lifeless Princess Rivkah, is shipped north to the battlefront at Gorkenfort together with his elite Axe-Wielders. as soon as there, he needs to give up command to his hated half-brother, Borneheld, Duke of Ichar and inheritor to the throne. yet in the course of the lengthy trip Axis falls in love with Faraday -- Borneheld's betrothed -- and reveals himself reassessing the very essence of his ideals. With the destiny of the area placing within the stability, Axis needs to unite the feuding lands less than one banner earlier than it really is too past due and the evil emerging within the north engulfs all of them for reliable.
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As she watched her father and Borneheld, Faraday's lovely face lost much of its animation. When she had first arrived in Carlon everything had seemed a grand adventure. She had wanted to visit court all her life, and had been quietly excited when her father and mother had told her she was to come to the King's naineday feast this year. The weeks of fittings for clothes grand enough to wear at court had entertained her, while the journey to Carlon had exposed her to landscapes and people she had not imagined existed.
My son, you must not pray so devoutly, otherwise it might be said that the BattleAxe is more devout than the Brother-Leader . . " Axis smiled and gripped Jayme's hand as it lay on his shoulder. " Jayme helped Axis to his feet and the two men embraced warmly, Jayme touching Axis' forehead briefly in blessing. " he said. " Jayme had arranged their breakfast at a small table by a window overlooking the twisting streets of Carlon far below the palace. The sun was just beginning to rise above the horizon and, although thick snow clouds blanketed much of the sky, a few rays managed to catch the glittering rooftops of the city's buildings.
After a moment Axis gave a curt nod. " He refused to lower his eyes before Jayme's stare. The cat suddenly spat at Jayme, its fur standing on end. The distraction broke the tension in the room and Jayme forced a little laugh. " Axis bent down and scooped the cat into his arms, petting her back with long, slow strokes. The cat relaxed, her bright blue eyes blinking and then narrowing as she started to purr. She nuzzled his hand in affection. After a moment's awkward silence Moryson cleared his throat.
Battleaxe by Sara Douglass