One Good Knight (Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 2)

By Mercedes Lackey

Whilst a dragon storms the citadel, what may still a (virgin) princess do?

Why, flip to her experiences, in fact! yet not anything practical-minded Princess Andromeda of Acadia unearths offers a definitive answer. the one conventional solution, notwithstanding, is soothing the marauding dragon via a virgin sacrifice. issues are going quite easily with the lottery--except for the ladies selected, of course--until Princess Andromeda herself is picked!

But dealing with down the dragon does not cross really as deliberate, and now, with the aid of her Champion, Sir George, Andromeda searches for the dragon's lair. yet even--"especially"--in the 500 Kingdoms, bucking culture isn't really effortless. It takes the most powerful of wills, wisdom, quickly wits and a refusal to renounce, it doesn't matter what occurs alongside the way....

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Periapt yelped. The dragon reared as much as his complete top, darkish opposed to the emerging moon, his wings part mantled in shock. His response made Andie bounce; fact to inform he regarded extraordinarily harmful at that second. The fox leapt again, startled, touchdown on all fours along with his fur bristling. “Of direction. the place did you're thinking that I’d gotten it? Or didn’t they let you know they have been following what they concept was once a path of scales? ” “For the record,” Gina stated tightly, “I by no means concept i used to be following a path of scales. I knew it was once a similar scale being moved. yet I knew a person used to be gazing us and that i didn’t are looking to betray myself or what I knew. So we acted as though we inspiration that there has been a path of scales to stick to. ” “You have one in every of our scales? ” The another way mild-mannered Peri used to be not likely to permit the fox off this actual hook. The voice was once that of a roaring hearth elevated 100 instances. And the fox knew completely good by way of the response that Peri was once unlikely to permit him in simple terms to comb this off. now not while flames have been curling round Peri’s nostrils and flickering on the corners of his mouth. now not while his eyes had began to glow an ominously darker purple. He started to area his approach out of the courtyard. Backward, that is tricky for a four-legged creature. “I’ll—uh—be fetching it then, shall I? right now. Don’t brain in any respect. be aware of correct the place it is—” He was once snatched off his 4 toes and into the air through Gina, who held him up via the scruff of the neck. He hung limply from her clutch as she shook him a little. “You might be getting the dimensions, of course,” she stated pleasantly. “But not only but, I don’t imagine. First you’ll be telling us every thing you recognize and saw of the Queen of Acadia’s leader Adviser who simply occurs to be a Magician. Won’t you. ” It wasn’t a query. And it became out that the fox knew much more than a person had ever dreamed attainable. in truth, he was once a veritable cornucopia of knowledge. a few of the different women had gotten torches, lit them and glued them within the rusted sconces nonetheless connected to some of the pillars round the courtyard. there has been lots of mild to work out through, and now that the fox knew he wasn’t going to be incinerated, he had regained his aplomb. “Cats,” he acknowledged succinctly. “You two-legs imagine they’re so inscrutable. they're the world’s worst gossips. and they're all over the place. ” Andie needed to conform to that assertion. The Palace used to be packed with cats. Lean, hardworking cellar cats, lively kitchen cats, pampered, aloof darlings of Cassiopeia’s ladies—you couldn’t stroll ten ft with out seeing a cat someplace. The Queen didn’t brain, simply because cats didn’t call for recognition the way in which canine did, nor have been they noisy, and so long as her maids may possibly continue her robes cat-hair unfastened, she tolerated the creatures. And as though they understood the bounds of that tolerance, they saved their territorial squabbles and amorous serenades out of earshot of the Queen’s Wing. “I’m no longer a puppy, yet I’m now not a cat, both, which makes me one of those impartial party,” the fox went on. “So they prefer to come back to me and gossip approximately one another, and that i nod and make the entire correct types of noises within the correct locations, and that saved me from going loopy with boredom, locked up in that little cage in Solon’s quarters.

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