By Tamora Pierce

From Tamora Pierce, the second one ebook within the music of the Lioness Quartet, commemorated with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

Alanna, disguised as a boy, turns into a squire to none except the inheritor to the throne. Prince Jonathan is not just Alanna’s liege lord, he's additionally her most sensible friend—and one of many few who is aware the key of her actual id. but if a vicious sorcerer threatens the prince’s existence, it is going to take all of Alanna’s ability, power, and magical energy to guard him, even on the chance of surrendering her goals…

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She remembered each minimize, each damaged bone, till her belly started to roll. She couldn’t make herself examine the rest. Her physique rebelled. She rushed out to the again of the tent, the place the little she had eaten that day got here up violently. She struggled to be quiet; she sought after not anyone to witness her disgrace. Warriors weren't alleged to throw up on the sight of blood and demise. Cool arms soothed her head, steadying her. while she stopped heaving, Jon gave her a dipperful of water. Gratefully she splashed a few on her face and rinsed her mouth out. “If trustworthy advised you, I’ll pores and skin him,” she whispered hoarsely. “No,” Jon answered. “I was once coming again and that i heard you. ” “You needs to imagine I’m an lousy sissy. ” there has been silence for a second. Then he responded, “I threw up after my first skirmish. ” Alanna checked out her pal, startled. “You by no means. ” He nodded. “I did. I simply didn’t have an individual to carry my head for me. ” He ruffled her hair. “Don’t inform the boys, will you? ” “I won’t inform when you won’t. ” “Done. ” He held open the flap of the tent. “It wouldn’t do for them to imagine we’re sissies, would it not? ” simply nights later Alanna went searching for tremendous Thor. His spear wanted changing, and he or she had one from a guy who had died within the healers’ tents. The watch captain instructed her Thor and Jem Tanner had protect responsibility at the wooded aspect of land slightly below the camp, and Alanna got down to meet them, lugging the too-large spear. It was once past due; everybody however the sentries was once going to mattress. The evening pressed in as she left the camp at the back of. She may well listen animals within the within reach timber, even Faithful’s delicate padding as he walked beside her. without notice the cat dashed into the timber that screened Alanna from Thor’s protect put up. Frowning, Alanna undefined. She used to be remembering that Jonathan had objected to this little wooden that remoted the purpose so successfully. The enemy may perhaps simply pass the following and decide off Jonathan’s and Imrah’s males if the sentries have been not able to offer the caution. issues will be more straightforward for everybody if the timber have been chopped down. Roger had talked the prince out of it, asserting he didn’t wish males drained out with woodcutting if the enemy attacked, which they did nearly each day. His phrases have been average, and Jon had given in. devoted yowled a caution to Alanna prior to she left the take care of of the wooden. She ducked at the back of an incredible oak and peered on the sentry publish, listening. Thor was once no longer at his station. Neither was once Jem Tanner. as a substitute 3 males in darkish garments stood at the element. One used to be lights a torch whereas one other equipped an arrow to his bow. devoted yowled back in fury as he situated himself among the 3 and Alanna’s hiding position. He hissed evilly, his violet eyes glowing within the darkness. “Cursed beast! ” the bowman whispered as he permit his arrow fly. It thudded into the oak’s trunk, lacking the cat. “Stop it! ” the 3rd guy ordered. the only with the torch used to be waving it over his head, signaling to the other financial institution. “Don’t make quite a bit noise! ” Alanna heard oars splashing within the river; she didn’t wait to listen to extra.

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