By Lindsay Buroker
Colonel Ridge Zirkander isn’t the version of army professionalism—he tends to claim precisely what’s on his brain, and his list has sufficient demerits to wallpaper the hull of an airship—but because the most sensible fighter pilot within the Iskandian military, he’s used to a bit leniency from his superiors. till he punches the inaccurate diplomat within the nostril and reveals himself issued new orders: take command of a distant criminal mine within the inhospitable Ice Blades Mountains. Ridge hasn't ever been in command of whatever better than a flier squadron—what’s he imagined to do with a frozen castle jam-packed with murderers and rapists? let alone the unusual lady who indicates up correct prior to he arrives…
Sardelle Terushan wakes from 300 years in a mage stasis take care of, purely to achieve that she is the final of the Referatu, the sorcerers who as soon as helped shield Iskandia from conquerors. Their subterranean mountain neighborhood was once blown up in a treacherous sneak assault by way of squaddies who feared their strength. every person Sardelle ever knew is lifeless, and the sentient soulblade she has been bonded to because her early life is buried within the middle of the mountain. extra, what continues to be of her domestic has been infested by means of bloodthirsty miners commanded via the descendants of the very infantrymen who destroyed her people.
Sardelle wishes aid to arrive her soulblade—her simply hyperlink to her earlier and her final pal on this planet. Her in basic terms desire is to faux she’s one of many prisoners whereas attempting to achieve the commander’s belief. yet mendacity isn’t her area of expertise, in particular while the area has replaced rather a lot within the intervening centuries, and if Colonel Zirkander figures out who she actually is, he’ll be duty-bound to condemn her to the single applicable punishment for sorcerers: death.
The Dragon Blood sequence examining order:
Book 1: Balanced at the Blade's aspect
Book 2: Deathmaker
Book three: Blood Charged
Book four: styles within the Dark
Book five: The Blade's Memory
Book 5.5 below the Ice Blades (coming soon)
Book 6: Raptor (October twenty seventh)
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He had continually proposal… he have been ended in assume—no, humans had informed him, rattling it—he was once imperative available in the market. The battle wasn’t over—if something, this 12 months had obvious extra battling than any of the former 4. How may possibly they ship him off to a couple distant gods-forgotten outpost within the mountains? “I understand this can be challenging that you should belly, Ridge, yet i really think it’s for the simplest. ” Ridge shook his head. It used to be all he may do. For as soon as, he had no phrases, no quip with which to reply. “You’re an awesome pilot, Ridge. you recognize that. we all know that. yet there’s extra to being an officer than capturing issues. this may strength you to mature as a soldier and as a guy. ” Ort hitched a shoulder. “Or it’ll kill you. ” Ridge snorted. Ort waved a hand. “You have your orders. brushed aside. ” Ridge left the chair, giving it and the harbor out the window an extended glance ahead of he headed for the door. Grounded. For a yr. How was once he going to outlive? “Oh, and Colonel? ” the final stated as Ridge walked for the door. Ridge paused, hoping this had all been a shaggy dog story designed to educate him a lesson. “Yes? ” “Pack hot outfits. Autumn is simply approximately over within the mountains. ” The general’s smile back. “And Magroth is at twelve thousand ft. ” A lesson, certainly. * * * Sardelle woke with a begin, her center pounding out of her chest. not anything other than blackness surrounded her. Scrapes and scuffs reached her ears, and thoughts rushed over her: the sounds of the explosion, being ordered to the protection chamber, mountaineering into one of many mage shelters and activating it, then gasping in terror because the rock crashed down throughout her, obliterating her international. She patted round, feeling for the sleek partitions of the field, yet they'd disappeared. purely tough, chilly rock met her probing hands. The scrapes have been getting louder. Her colleagues coming to assist? yet they might burn away the rock or circulate it by way of magical potential, now not scrape via it with pickaxes, wouldn’t they? probably the sorcerers of the Circle have been too busy struggling with again their attackers and had despatched mundane employees. Sardelle? The telepathic question crammed her brain with aid. Jaxi. Had her soulblade been buried within the rock someplace in addition? There hadn’t been time to run and seize the sword whilst the mountain had all started quaking. I’m the following. Thank the gods. You’ve been hibernating for thus lengthy. You can’t think how lonely it’s been. There’s a restrict to what percentage conversations you can begin with rocks. i guess that implies you’re buried too. The delicate scrapes have been getting nearer, and a pinprick of sunshine pierced the darkness a couple of ft away. Deeper than you. You left me within the basement education rooms, bear in mind? after all I consider. That used to be simply this morning. As I keep in mind, you have been having fun with having that good-looking younger apprentice oil your blade. Sardelle waited, awaiting a retort, yet an extended silence stuffed her mind—and the pinprick of sunshine grew higher. whilst Jaxi eventually replied, it was once a tender, Sardelle? convinced… ? It wasn’t this morning. while, then? 300 years in the past. She snorted. That’s humorous, Jaxi.