A Wind from the South (Raetian Tales, Book 1) by Diane Duane

By Diane Duane

A goddess within the making, or a demon reborn?

In the distant mountain village the place she was once born, Mariarta dil Alicg lives the untroubled lifetime of a peasant girl...until, quickly after a mysterious stranger's arrival, she begins to listen to voices within the wind. The voices whisper unusual secrets and techniques in Mariarta’s ears -- promising her the facility to command the stormwind, hinting at an unknown magical background, and prophesying a destiny amazing earlier all Mariarta’s imaginings.

Then a curse falls on Mariarta's village, shattering the lives of her friends and family. Mariarta needs to set out around the mountain realm of Raetia looking for the way to holiday the curse -- whereas additionally looking for the reality concerning the attractive and poor being who's attempting to own her soul.

Mariarta’s seek will lead her into hidden domain names of sorcery either dreadful and wondrous, and should ultimately embroil the younger girl within the becoming uprising opposed to her land's merciless Austriac oppressors -- yet now not earlier than Mariarta comes nose to nose ultimately with the immortal woman of the Storms, and demanding situations her to 1 ultimate conflict for regulate of her lifestyles, her soul, and her destiny...

Reader advisory: This novel rated PG-15 for mature subject matters, language (Romansch), and the reinvention of democracy

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A fool and a traitor to His Majesty. ' The guards enter and pull you roughly from the room. They take you out to the yard at the back of the house where the officer has his post, and put you against the wall. Despite any protests you may make, a firing squad lines up and takes aim. 'If you're looking for Potter,' says the man you are speaking to, 'then you've come to the right place. ' He points with his pistol, then shouts: 'Potter! ' Quivering with anger and anticipation, you watch as your quarry approaches you, reining in beside your horse.

Waving him towards one wall of the stone barn, you explain in a low voice, heavily accented by anger and hatred. As your tale unfolds, he turns pale; by the time you have finished he is sweating and shivering with fear. ' he pleads. 'Dell gave the orders. ' you ask, ignoring his pleas. 'With the King,' he says hurriedly, eager to give you any information you want. ' 'I am glad that we see eye to eye,' says Pym. 'When the next motion comes, I will tell you which way to cast your vote. ' Although you wonder how victory in war can be obtained through voting the right way in Parliament, 72 73 104 One of the soldiers manages to grab your bridle as you ride past him, and the sudden jerk unseats you.

You demand. 66 67 93 He groans painfully, and mumbles his answer through bruised lips. 'A gentleman paid us to do it,' he says. 'What gentleman? ' He shakes his head and groans again. 'I don't know,' he says. ' you ask. The footpad tries to shrug, and winces. 'Like a gentleman. He wasn't short, or tall, or fat. Just normal. He paid us to attack you and told us where to set up the ambush. ' He seems to be telling the truth. Realizing that you will not get any more information from your attackers, you leave them and return to your lodgings.

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