Lord of Emperors: Book Two of the Sarantine Mosaic (Sarantine Mosaic (Paperback))

By Guy Gavriel Kay

Within the golden urban of Sarantium, the well known mosaicist Crispin seeks to meet his creative objectives and his future excessive upon a dome meant to be the emperor's enduring sanctuary and legacy. however the emperor is plotting a conquest of Crispin's place of birth to regain an empire. And together with his destiny entwined with that of his royal benefactor, Crispin's loyalties include a truly excessive expense.

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Kyros regarded again back as they became a nook, passing a sandal store and a yogurt stand, either lengthy because closed for the evening: the muddle came to visit the nook, conserving velocity with them. It was once very huge. 8 males carried it. The curtains have been drawn on each side. Kyros felt a queasy apprehension. Litters at evening weren’t in any respect unusual—the well-to-do tended to exploit them, specifically while it used to be chilly. yet this one used to be relocating too accurately at their very own velocity and going precisely the place they went. while it them diagonally throughout a sq., round the principal fountain, after which up the steep road at the contrary facet, Kyros cleared his throat and touched Strumosus at the arm. “I imagine ... ” he all started, because the chef checked out him. He swallowed. “It is feasible we’re being undefined. ” the opposite 3 stopped and appeared again. The muddle instantly halted, the dark-clad bearers immobile and silent. the road was once empty round them. Closed doorways, closed store fronts, 4 males status jointly, a patrician’s curtained clutter, silence, not anything else. The white moon hung overhead above a small chapel’s copper dome. From a distance there got here the flaring sound of unexpected, raucous laughter. one other lodge, buyers leaving. Then that sound light away. within the stillness the 3 younger males heard Strumosus of Amoria set free an extended breath, then swear, quietly yet with excessive feeling. “Stay the place you are,” he instructed them. And he walked again towards the muddle. “Fuck,” whispered Rasic, for wish of whatever larger to claim. Kyros felt it too: a feeling of threat, oppression. They have been silent, gazing the little chef. Strumosus approached the clutter. not one of the bearers moved or spoke. The chef stopped by means of the drawn curtains on one aspect. He talking, yet they couldn’t listen him, or any answer from inside of. Then Kyros observed the curtain lifted and pulled again a bit. He had no notion who was once inside of, person, or multiple person—the muddle was once simply big enough for that. He did be aware of that he used to be afraid now. “Fuck,” acknowledged Rasic back, staring at. “Fuck,” Mergius echoed. “Shut up,” Kyros acknowledged uncharacteristically. “Both of you. ” Strumosus looked to be talking back, then listening. Then he folded his fingers throughout his chest and stated anything else. After a second the curtain fell closed, and a second later the muddle was once circled and started to maneuver the opposite direction, backtrack towards the sq.. Strumosus stayed the place he used to be, observing, until eventually it disappeared past the fountain. He walked again to the 3 younger males. Kyros may possibly see that he used to be disturbed, yet he didn’t dare ask any questions. “Who within the god’s identify was once that? ” Rasic stated, now not feeling an analogous compunction. Strumosus neglected him, as though the younger guy hadn’t even spoken. He began strolling; they fell in stride with him. nobody stated whatever extra, no longer even Rasic. They got here to the compound with out additional incident, have been recognized through torchlight and admitted. “Good night,” Strumosus stated to the 3 of them, on the front to the dormitory. Then he walked away with no looking forward to a reaction.

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