1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 01
1636: The Cardinal Virtues
Eric Flint and Walter H. Hunt
Late July, 1635
Outside of Paris, France
The need for secrecy was constant. No one believed that more strongly than Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal-Duke de Richelieu, Principal Minister to His Most Christian Majesty Louis XIII, king of France. Within the palace of the Louvre as well as at his own residence, the Palais-Cardinal, secrets were guarded most jealously. They were a valuable commodity, esteemed by the cardinal and protected by those who surrounded him — those particular to the crown and those plucked from other nations.
Sanctuary – Snippet 13
“Tekkutu! Tekkutu!” Little Chello came racing toward Meshwe. She was still limping a bit from the lingering effects of the tritti-bite, but was so excited that she ignored the pain.
After it became clear that we wouldn’t be holding the 1632 series minicon at Contemporal this year, we approached LibertyCon and they’ve agreed to host us. LibertyCon is a longstanding and very popular SF convention in Chattanooga that I’ve attended a number of times, including as MC and (IIRC) Guest of Honor. This year, David Weber and David Drake will be attending LibertyCon also.
LibertyCon is being held this year on the weekend of June 26-28. Here’s the URL, for those of you who are interested: http://www.libertycon.org
I’ve discussed my publication schedule with Baen Books and here’s how it looks now:
1636: The Cardinal Virtues will be coming out in July, 2015.
1635: A Parcel of Rogues will be coming out in January, 2016
Ring of Fire IV will be coming out in May, 2016
Sanctuary – Snippet 12
Njekwa hesitated. She had to be careful here, she realized. Young adherents tended to get impatient with the necessary caution their situation required. Some of them — but many, no, but the number might grow — were becoming contentious.
Sanctuary – Snippet 11
The third day of the march began late in the morning. Zilikazi would have preferred to begin sooner, as he had done the first two days, but practical reality dictated otherwise. They had entered the foothills by the middle of the afternoon the day before, and the temperature had dropped noticeably. If he ordered his soldiers to begin marching too soon, before they’d been able to soak up some heat from the rising sun, they would be sluggish. The huge train of camp followers who brought up the rear would be even worse, and not even a noble of Zilikazi’s power could override the ties between his army and their camp followers. Mates, children, the elderly — no matter how fiercely Zilikazi lashed his soldiers’ minds, they would resist simply leaving their folk behind. Not openly, of course; but resistance could take the more subtle form of lethargic incompetence. The soldiers would be taking two steps sidewise and one step back for every four steps forward.
Sanctuary – Snippet 10
She wasn’t sure what he was doing, in any way she could have put into words. But as she continued the dance, she knew. She had perhaps never been closer to any person than she was in this moment to Sebetwe the Liskash.
Sanctuary – Snippet 09
When she reached the open space where the ledge widened, Achia Pazik was frozen for a moment by the bizarre scene in front of her. To her left, now pressed against the side of the mountain in a half-supine position, was Chefer Kolkin. The warrior was being tended by Puah Neff and Zuel Babic. He seemed shaken and perhaps dazed, but she could see no blood or open wounds on him.
Sanctuary – Snippet 08
So were its fangs and talons.
Chefer Kolkin rose before the Liskash. That was his first mistake. The monster, which had been crouched over the Liskash and ready to tear it into pieces, immediately had its attention drawn to him.