Mankind puts its faith in many things - gods, kings, money - anything for protection from the world’s many dangers. When a cult springs up in neighboring Clonmel, promising to quell the recent attacks by lawless marauders, people flock from all over to offer gold in exchange for protection.... read more
“'I thought I'd stumbled on Sleeping Beauty and her ugly sister,' said another voice, 'waiting for the kiss of true love to wake them from their slumbers. Forgive me if I didn't oblige.'”Will
“'So I'm an ace?' Will grinned. 'I'm flattered Halt, flattered. I had no idea you regarded me so highly.' Halt gave him a long-suffering look. 'I might have been more accurate to say a joker.' 'Whatever you say.'”Will and Halt
“"You going to eat that?" " Yes. Hands off."”Horace and Halt.
“Will grinned. "If you're Halt's apprentice you don't have a choice. You learn to shoot a bow, throw a knife, move silently, and put honey in your coffee."”Will
“Oh, it’s a case of they think I’ll think that they’ll do A, so they’ll do B because I wouldn’t think they’d think of that but then because I might think I know what they’re thinking they’ll do A after all because I wouldn’t think they’d think that way,” Will said. Halt looked at him for a long moment in silence. “You know, I’m almost tempted to ask you to repeat that.” Will grinned. “I’m not sure I could.”Highlighted by 357 Kindle customers
In his life, Halt had faced Wargals, the terrible Kalkara, blood-mad Skandians and charging Temujai hordes without a quaver. But a bad-tempered landlady was a different matter altogether. “Nothing,” he told her meekly.Highlighted by 272 Kindle customers
Halt seemed more antagonized by the fact that his brother didn’t like coffee than by the fact that he had stolen the throne from him.Highlighted by 237 Kindle customers
Will grinned.“If you’re Halt’s apprentice, you don’t have a choice. You learn to shoot a bow, throw a knife, move silently and put honey in your coffee.”Highlighted by 205 Kindle customers
‘An ordinary archer practices until he gets it right. A Ranger practices . . .’?” He let the phrase hang in the air, waiting for them to finish it off. “Until he never gets it wrong,”Highlighted by 180 Kindle customers
He made sure he emerged on hands and toes, not letting his knees touch the wet ground. Halt scowled at him as he saw him spring athletically to his feet. “I hate young people,” he said to himself.Highlighted by 176 Kindle customers
“Let’s go and ask the price of eggs,” he said. Horace frowned at the words as Halt led the way out of the trees. “Do we need eggs?” he asked Will. Will grinned at him. “Figure of speech, Horace.”Highlighted by 166 Kindle customers
“Hard rations build character,” Halt said philosophically. Horace looked mournfully at him.Highlighted by 158 Kindle customers
“What’s Horace looking so enigmatic about?” Will asked. A faint trace of a smile touched Halt’s lips. “Someone gave him a stale fish,” he said, and was gratified by Will’s puzzled reaction. Sometimes, he thought, you had to keep these youngsters guessing.Highlighted by 155 Kindle customers
“Do you think it’s going to rain tonight?” he said. “Probably,” Halt replied gloomily.Highlighted by 103 Kindle customers
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