Forward the Mage by Eric Flint, Richard Roach

By Eric Flint, Richard Roach

The younger artist-swordsman Benvenuti has arrived within the urban of Goimr to find that Zulkeh, the evil sorcerer, has pushed the king insane and therefore fled the town. Then Benvenuti reveals himself embroiled with a stunning girl innovative agitator and a huge madman.

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Arobynn moved first, grabbing Sam’s chin in one hand, forcing the young man to look at him. “Check yourself, or I’ll do it for you, boy,” he murmured. ” Celaena bit down on her reply. She could handle Sam tonight—or any other night, for that matter. If it came down to a fight, she’d win—she always beat Sam. But Sam released the hilt of his sword. After a moment, Arobynn removed his grip on Sam’s face, but didn’t step away. Sam kept his gaze on the floor as he strode to the far side of the council room.

I’m not disagreeing with you. I don’t like the idea of this at all. Not just the slaves, but Arobynn’s involvement in it. And those children …” He pinched the bridge of his nose.

While he might not trust Rolfe, it didn’t bother him that a hundred innocent souls were about to be traded like cattle. ” Sam slammed his fist onto the wooden floor. ” she asked, giving him a pout. ” Sam got to his feet and began pacing the length of their small room. He undid the top button of his black tunic, revealing the skin beneath. Something about it felt strangely intimate, and Celaena found herself quickly looking away from him. ” Sam stopped at the foot of her bed. “You think I don’t know how to tell when you’re cooking up some scheme?

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