By Gail Carson Levine

Falling in love is simple . . .

. . . for Kezi, a gorgeous mortal, dancer, and rug weaver, and for Olus, Akkan god of the winds. Their love brings Kezi the power to struggle her destiny, and it provides Olus the energy to confront his fears. Together—and apart—they come across spiders with webs of iron, the harsh lord of the land of the lifeless, the mysterious god of future, and the exams of the Akkan gods. in the event that they be triumphant, they are going to be jointly; but when they fail, Olus must suffer the final word loss, and Kezi should make the ideally suited sacrifice.

Newbery Honor writer Gail Carson Levine has created a beautiful global of incorrect gods, unbreakable vows, and historic omens. Her tale of affection, destiny, and trust is spellbinding.

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The slaves put on loincloths and are barefoot. I slide out of my sandals. Slaves and servants alike hold trays of lined bowls and plates, which they organize at the tables. They go back to the alley. because the tables aren’t crammed, i guess they've got long past again for extra. once they go back, might be they’ll remain, and I’ll locate a few unobtrusive profession. Kezi and Senat and Merem input the street from their highway. Kezi offers the rug she is wearing to Merem and hurries towards the occasion. Her blue tunic glows within the solar.

I listen each evening creature. I haven’t stopped listening to Akkan voices, and now I listen snores and folks rolling over. “I’m familiar with them; but if i used to be little, I imagined they have been in my winds, they usually placed me to sleep. ” After a couple of minutes of now not falling asleep, I say, “I’m nonetheless petrified of the priest’s knife. it is going to harm, won’t it, even supposing I’ll reside? ” “Yes. however the wound will heal quick. ” i ponder if Pado and Mati should be in a position to endure bringing me to the temple. probably they'll choose to allow me stay.

I inform her my dream whereas she stares down. She by no means alterations her pose and not seems at me. I’m convinced she’s dissatisfied. My dream is dead to Admat. but if I cease, she nods. I take braveness. “Will my want come real? ” “What is your want? ” It comes out in a hurry. “Ten young children whilst I develop up and a husband who by no means wishes a wig and likes me to bounce and likes my rugs. ” I chuckle nervously. She doesn’t giggle with me. i believe her face is extra glum than sooner than. “The destiny remains to be deep in Admat’s chest. Omens are all we now have.

You. ” If a wilderness may converse, it can have his voice. may well this be Admat, the material masking his invisibility? ft and the pinnacle of a sandal peep out from less than the bottom linen strip. 5 ordinary-seeming feet and toenails provide me sufficient self belief to stammer, “W-who are y-you? ” I bow my head, then bring up it to observe him. “I’ve . . . come . . . to . . . assist you locate your future. probably you could develop into a heroine. ” His accessory is equal to Olus’s. I listen helb and berhabs. “I . . . am . . . Puru. . . . ” Buru is perhaps Puru.

Aaa! I slam down. The breath shoots out of me. If it weren’t for my very own feathers and the feathers at the flooring, my again will be damaged. I scramble up and limp off as quick as i will, now not seeking to see if he's at the back of me. while my knees provide out, I cave in. If he’d pursued me, he’d have stuck me. I dare to peek. he's long gone. The warkis are small and dim within the distance. I sit up straight. evenly, I contact my eyelid. My finger whilst I carry it away isn't bloody. A reduction, yet my head and ear throb. I haven’t escaped.

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