All her life, Claidi has endured hardship in the House, where she must obey a spoiled princess. Then a golden stranger arrives, living proof of a world beyond the House walls. Claidi risks all to free the charming prisoner and accompanies him across the Waste toward his faraway home. It is a... read more
The book begins with Claidi, who has grown up in the House as a maid to a cruel lady. One day during a Ritual, a balloon arrives, is shot down, and the House captures its rather handsome prisoner. The prisoner is Nemian, who claims to be on a quest. Claidi knows she is in love. The same day... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The book begins with Claidi, who has grown up in the House as a maid to a cruel lady. One day during a Ritual, a balloon arrives, is shot down, and the House captures its rather handsome prisoner. The prisoner is Nemian, who claims to be on a quest. Claidi knows she is in love. The same day Nemian arrives, Jizania Tiger, a respected Old Lady at the House, calls for Claidi by name and tells her taht she is really of royal blood. She convinces Claidi to free the prisoner and go with him to his city. On the journey with Nemian, Claidi realizes that he seems very distant and rude, but she makes excuses. The first town they go through is a kindly Sheeper village where everyone is nice. On their way out of the village, Claidi sees a group of bandits. On their way to the next village, escorted by the Sheepers, the bandits stop them to rob them, but decide not to. The next town, the Featherer Village, is a deep contrast to the Sheeper's town. The village is grudgy and unkind. Claidi has to sleep in a barn and eat terrible gruel. One night, the Featherers wake Claidi, shove her into a dress made of feathers, and herd her up a hill to a flat plateau. Onc up there, they intend to throw Claidi off the edge, but the bandits from the village save her. The bandits take her to their camp and travel with her to Peshamba, where Nemian thinks he can find a balloon to tak ethem back to his city. While on the road, Claidi is introduced to many 'bandits' and their leader, Argul. The bandits finally correct her and tell her they are the Hulta Tribe. The Hulta take her to Peshamba and she shares the nightdancing at a festival with Argul. She feels like she is in love. He asks if she would stay with him and the Hulta. It starts to snow, so she agrees to meet him beneath a tree the next morning. That night, Nemian shows up after being extremely distant and fooling around with a Hulta girl. He shows remorse, and Claidi falls for him again. The next morning, Argul meets her beneath a tree and she tells him she can't stay with him. A s he walks away, a ring falls from his hands. The journey with Nemian to his city is short, but when she gets there, Claidi finds more than she bargained for. There is a leader, the Wolf's Paw, who works in the Wolf Tower and spreads word of the Law. The Law is determined randomly by Ironel, the Wolf's Paw. Claidi searches for a way to end the Law in the city, and with the help of Argul, she ruins the Law and leaves the city behind.
Short: When a stranger is captured by the Guards of the House and Garden where she has worked all her life as a slave and maid, sixteen-year-old Claidi helps him escape and sets out with him to journey to his home city through the dangerous waste.
“Break the rules.”Traditional
“Next, summoned back to her, she asked where I'd been, told where -she was wrong-...”Claidi
“When we got to the House, everyone was going mad.”Claidi
“You're going to get me out. She told me you would. Clever Claidi.”Nemian
“If you get tired, Claidi, I'm not going to carry you.”Nemian
“I never saw anyone so - I don't know - terrible.”Claidi
“The Gobbly Fat One, who was lord, kept having to take a breather, so we all got one.”Claidi
“You're a bit slow, Claidibaari.”Mehmed
“Join our family, Claidi. Stay.”Argul
“She had that snake-like air again. Not that I've anything against snakes--only the human ones.”Claudi
Excitment By Air
The Lion In The Cage
Trouble Always Follows
The Bandit Camp On The Move
Nightmares By Day
Marshes of the Moon
The Law: Finding
The Law: Keeping
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