The Soprano Sorceress: The First Book of the Spellsong Cycle

By L. E. Modesitt Jr.

When Anna Marshall is transported from her dull and troublesome lifestyles in Ames, Iowa, to the very diversified global of Erde, she's offended and stressed, yet quickly reveals out that for the 1st time in her existence she's uniquely strong. In Iowa Anna was once a track teacher and small-time opera singer, yet on Erde her musical skill makes her a big-time sorceress--potentially.

First she needs to work out easy methods to use her skill ahead of the big-time rulers who have notices her arrival kill her simply because she's an unpredictable new power....Those rulers may need they hadn't waited so long as they did.

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For a time, within the reddish crimson of twilight, the mountains appeared no nearer, and so they have been mountains, Anna discovered, mountains as excessive as, and drier than, the Rocky Mountains, mountains of not easy purple rock and grey cliffs. because the twilight deepened, and the column got here to a hill crest that dropped lightly away, without warning, a red-brick constitution loomed forward, filling the complete expanse among the 2 hills that appeared to merge on both sides of the fortress with the ridges that guarded the method of the better mountains. Watchfires lit the frequently spaced towers. “The Sand cross fort,” Brill acknowledged. “You outfitted it? ” “He equipped it,” proven Alasia her mount to the fitting of Farinelli. “In instances except those, it might be good enough. ” As they rode nearer, Anna studied the partitions, as distinct as these of Loiseau, if of brick instead of stone, and emerging maybe fifty toes above the bottom of the valley. Cannon? She discovered she had by no means obvious any type of firearms—yet the precision with which Brill shaped issues with magic, and the crafting of blades and different goods might argue that they can be made—or used to be there anything approximately gunpowder that didn’t paintings? Erde was once like that. She was once so preoccupied attempting to comprehend where and to determine what she may possibly do along with her skills that issues she didn’t take place to be acquainted with slipped via. other than they didn’t remain slipped. She discovered that her head was once starting to soreness back, and she or he reached for the water bottle. The light pink banners bearing the crossed spears of Defalk hung limply within the growing to be gloom, lit intermittently through the watchfires. the line arrowed instantly towards the center of the wall. within the gloomy warmth of twilight, Anna may possibly slightly inform the place the pink brick of the ramparts separated from the sunbaked airborne dirt and dust and the demanding and dusty street. regardless of the broad-brimmed hat, her face was once pink and approximately uncooked. Defalk was once no position for a fair-skinned singer. A trumpet sounded, doubtless correct in the back of Anna, and he or she twitched in shock. Farinelli whuffled, and Anna patted his neck instantly, moistening her lips. by the point the column reached the partitions, the gates have been swung open, and squads of fixed troops, one on either side of the line, had shaped up. The excessive brick partitions loomed reddish red within the final glimmers of twilight. A trumpet fanfare echoed around the twilight, then repeated. “I consider they need to announce to the entire darkish ones that our lord and grasp has arrived … . ” Anna held again an ironic smile at Daffyd’s hissed remark to Palian, the one different girl participant along with Liende, then guided Farinelli to her correct, easing him in the back of Barjim’s guards because the column narrowed to go into the gates. the interior courtyard—or open space—of the fortress was once not more than two times that of Brill’s corridor. before everything, Anna idea that the constitution used to be just a set of partitions. Then she squinted in the course of the darkness, damaged in patches by way of the intermittent mild solid from the watchfires and the torches fastened on brackets at standard durations alongside the partitions.

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