The Serpent's Shadow (Elemental Masters, Book 1)

By Mercedes Lackey

From the paranormal mysteries of India to the gaslit streets of Victorian London, Mercedes Lackey's targeted departure from her Valdemar sequence follows a tender lady physician as she searches for the key in the back of the sorcery in her blood.

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A wistful expression crept over Amelia’s face. “But—find a husband who’d settle for that I’m a physician with tasks equivalent to his? no longer in London. no longer in all of britain, i'd imagine. possibly in Canada or the USA, but when I’m going to head in another country, I’d otherwise be between those that communicate an English i will be able to comprehend. ” Maya stirred her tea. “I particularly don’t recognize for those who might discover a suitor who may settle for that you're a health practitioner in addition to his spouse. India makes a few males extra versatile of their perspectives, however it makes others extra inflexible. and also you may well end up alternately appalled and enraged incidentally that local girls are taken care of, even by way of their very own males. ” “I’m alternately appalled and enraged incidentally British girls are handled by means of their very own men,” Amelia spoke back crisply. “Could I manage a personal perform there? Is there sufficient want for one? ” “You’d have paying sufferers enough,” Maya admitted, and took a sip of tea. “The military surgeons are for the main half thoroughly unsuited to treating girls, and the army better halves and daughters will be pleased sufficient for a girl to speak in confidence. There are high-caste ladies who can't see a male healthcare professional via legislations and customized, although their lords and husbands are enlightened sufficient to worth Western medication, and people might pay you good certainly. ” “Hmm. Pay we definitely don’t locate right here, will we? good, all yet you, that's, and there aren’t too many people daring adequate to take your direction. ” Amelia tilted her head to the part. “Speaking of which, how is your perform? ” “I think I’m seeing each dancer, actress, and singer inside of jogging distance of this office,” Maya advised her, now not troubling to hide her leisure. “Not to say that I’m commencing to attend to the saved girls and mistresses of—I presume—our attorneys, agents, and retailers. ” She acknowledged it and not using a blush. Amelia giggled, yet her cheeks have been purple. “It most likely won’t shock you to grasp that i'm introducing all of them to some great benefits of ... hmm ... restricted births. ” “Good,” Amelia stated with emphasis. “It will trickle all the way down to their servants, and from there into the road. If I see yet another lady on the Fleet with not anything extra mistaken along with her than being worn to loss of life with delivery after birth—” She snapped her mouth close, yet at Maya’s nod of contract, secure. “You should still recognize that I percentage your opinion, dear,” Maya acknowledged quietly. “Even although we’ve by no means mentioned it prior to at size, I’m definite you’ve spotted that I make some extent to teach my lady sufferers on the Fleet—” She paused, and sighed. “The difficulty is, after all, that begetting teenagers expenditures not anything, yet fighting them doesn’t. ” “Sadly actual. ” Amelia echoed her sigh, then took one other scone, with an air of adjusting the topic. “So why did you allow India? i will be able to inform that you're home-sick, mostly, and what you’ve instructed me approximately wanting girl medical professionals there is going for you up to for me. and think about what you’ve performed right here! It’s India in miniature, definitely. ” Maya bent so as to add extra tea and sugar to her cup, and gave Charan a moment biscuit.

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