By Robert Jackson Bennett
Years in the past, the town of Bulikov wielded the powers of the Gods to beat the realm. yet after its divine protectors have been mysteriously killed, the conqueror has turn into the conquered; the city's proud historical past has been erased and censored, development has left it at the back of, and it is only one other colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical energy. Into this musty, backward urban steps Shara Thivani. formally, the quiet lady is simply one other lowly diplomat despatched via Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, Shara is one among her country's so much comprehensive spymasters — dispatched to enquire the brutal homicide of a likely risk free historian. As Shara pursues the secret during the ever-shifting actual and political geography of town, she starts off to suspect that the beings who as soon as safe Bulikov is probably not as lifeless as they appear — and that her personal talents could be touched by means of the divine besides.
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He found that he could not stir. A large man, his face more than halfhidden in the shadow of his cowl, was rising from a kneeling position beside him, passing through his field of vision. Pol thought that he glimpsed part of a pale moustache and—impossibly—a shining, capped tooth. ” he whispered through clenched teeth. “It was far easier for me to lay a general spell upon this entire camp than to be selective about it. Then I needed but arouse you and leave the others unconscious. ” 30 ROGER ZELAZNY Pol suspected that this was a lie but saw no way to test it.
Shaking his head, Pol walked on. 35 III. I t was more than a little traumatic at the beginning: the sights and sounds—all of the new things we encountered beyond Rondoval. I hovered close to Pol for the first several days, drifting along, sensing everything within range, familiarizing myself with the laws governing new groups of phenomena. Travel, I discovered, is broadening, for I found myself spreading over a larger area as time went on. My little joke. I realized that my expansion was at least partly attributable to the increased number of things whose essences I absorbed as we traveled along—plants as well as animals, though the latter were more to my liking—and partly in accord with Boyle’s and Charles’ laws, which I’d picked out of Pol’s mind one evening when he returned in memory to his university days.
Ibal asked, spooning in a dark broth. “It appears to be different things at different times,” Pol said. “So obviously it is not what it seems and must represent some sort of enchantment. ” “What is really there is a group of caves, shacks and tents,” Ibal explained. “Each time, by lot, various practicioners acquire the responsibility for putting the place into order for the gathering. What they normally do is send their apprentices and some servants on ahead. These clean and repair the structures, raise the tents and set up the various facilities.
City of Stairs (The Divine Cities, Book 1) by Robert Jackson Bennett