By Lian Hearn
In his black-walled citadel at Inuyama, the warlord Iida Sadamu surveys his well-known nightingale ground. built with beautiful ability, it sings on the tread of every human foot. No murderer can go it unheard.
The adolescence Takeo has been cited in a distant mountain village one of the Hidden, a reclusive and religious those that have taught him purely the methods of peace. yet unbeknownst to him, his father used to be a celebrated murderer and a member of the Tribe, an historical community of households with notable, preternatural abilities. whilst Takeo's village is pillaged, he's rescued and followed by way of the mysterious Lord Otori Shigeru. less than the tutelage of Shigeru, he learns that he too possesses the talents of the Tribe. And, with this information, he embarks on a trip that may lead him around the famed nightingale floor—and to his personal incredible destiny...
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Goodness no! ” Jean-Marie laughed. “You and I will dig a hole. Like so,” she said, making a rectangle in the shade of some palms. ” Lucy asked, still perplexed. “Sit,” Jean-Marie ordered. Susanna Valent The Pirate Queen 54 Lucy dropped like a stone and Jean-Marie placed a hand on her head. ” Lucy looked up at her but no further explanation was forthcoming. ” She got up and began to dig, but as soon as she looked tired, Jean-Marie took the shovel away and finished the job. “You will need your strength,” she explained with a grin.
She went back on deck as reluctantly as she had left it. Looking across to the captive schooner, she saw a row of screaming, swearing men kneeling on the deck, which was already running with blood. Jean-Marie had her sword out, and as casually as Lucy herself might pick flowers, she sauntered down the line, and beheaded all of them from behind, to avoid the spouts of bright red arterial blood. Susanna Valent The Pirate Queen 47 Lucy promptly threw up over the side of the Femme Fatale. The heads had bounced and rolled like boulders going down a hill before being kicked over the side by other pirates.
Lucy was fascinated with all of the black people she saw, with only a white face here and there as some sort of supervisor, or ladies such as herself out in carriages shopping or visiting one another. “Jean-Marie! What beautiful skin and faces these people have! I look like uncooked dough compared to them! “Now, my sweet, you have a lovely English complexion. We are not all meant to look alike. But I confess I find the differences most attractive, everything from café au lait to mahogany. ” Jean-Marie understood the unfinished question.
Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, Book 1) by Lian Hearn