Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 34

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 34

A large statue of Brasilia dominated the center of the harbor front. Seats surrounded the raised semi-circular platform on which it was displayed. Allenson glanced at his data pad and discovered they had time in hand so he suggested they sit.

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Phoenix In Shadow – Chapter 11

Phoenix In Shadow – Chapter 11

Chapter 11.

Kyri shook herself, breaking out of a reverie of remembrance, seeing again the darkness of Rivendream Pass, the serpent’s corpse, the burned bush. The memories of how they had come here seeming to have streamed by her in a moment, and she shivered anew at the oppressive wrongness that now weighed upon her. “We were warned,” she repeated. “Warned that even Myrionar’s powers would be weakened here.”

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 33

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 33

“The lookout point is directly reached by cutting overland to avoid the last loop of the river. I don’t want to risk taking the boat too close to the Gate. The currents can be fair scary.”

The boatman handed Allenson a shotgun and a couple of cartridges.

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Phoenix In Shadow – Chapter 10

Phoenix In Shadow – Chapter 10

Chapter 10.

The crumbling path stretched up, up, between slopes dotted with trees that were touched with a stronger, somehow virulent green, and then vanished into shadow cast by the mountains about.

“Rivendream Pass,” the Wanderer said quietly. “This is as far as my magic can take us, as close to your mystery as I can go without travelling with you.”

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 32

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 32

Chapter 10 – Trent

The barge made a further stop at a small agricultural and logging community called Sark. It could have made Port Trent in one jump by running along the smooth passage of the Great North Road. Buller pointed this out at some length. Todd was insistent that Allenson needed a day or two’s rest after his accident before throwing himself into the maelstrom of Trent politics. Allenson did not argue the point

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Phoenix In Shadow – Chapter 09

Phoenix In Shadow – Chapter 09

Chapter 9.

“All went well, then?”

The light-destroying figure in the mirror-scroll smiled. “Exactly as we expected, yes,” Kerlamion said in the eerie deep, howling tones of tortured air. “Condor is on his way back to you even now.”

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 31

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 31

The harpoon head expanded like an opening parachute. The power reel went into reverse, hauling in the cable until it twanged taut. The pilot increased power and the turbofans screamed. By brute force the vehicle pulled the head of the monster around to point towards the shore.

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Phoenix In Shadow – Chapter 08

Phoenix In Shadow – Chapter 08

Chapter 8.

“What, young Prince? You thought my skills suited only to metalwork?” The Spiritsmith was dipping a pearlescent cloth into some other liquid that shimmered like moonlight.

Kyri saw Tobimar give a wry smile. “I suppose I did assume that, yes. Clearly I was mistaken.”

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Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 30

Into The Maelstrom – Snippet 30

“Room for a little’un,” Todd said, cheerfully, planting his back firmly against the rear bulkhead with the air of a man who would brook no argument on the matter.

The gunner gave up and sat down behind the harpoon. Allenson leaned over from the co-gunner’s seat to put his head close to Todd’s.

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Polychrome – Chapter 30

Ryk has decided that this will be the last snippet.

Polychrome – Chapter 30

Chapter 30.

Polychrome stood with a jerky haste uncharacteristic of her, and Iris looked at his daughter with a raised eyebrow.

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