A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.
Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.
Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.
Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.
The Priory of the Orange Tree
« Long ago, when they had first emerged from the waves, the dragons of the Sundance Sea had agreed among themselves to befriend the children of the flesh, whose fires they had seen on a nearby beach. They had brought them gifts of golden fish to show their good intent – but the islanders, suspicious and afraid, threw spears at the dragons, and they disappeared sadly to the depths of the sea, not to be seen again for years.
One young woman, however, had witnessed the coming of the dragons and mourned their absence. Every day she would wander into the great forest and sing of her sorrow for the beautiful creatures that had come to the island for such a brief time. In the story, she had no name, like too many women in stories of old. She was only Snow-Walking Maiden.
One bitter morning, Snow-Walking Maiden came across a wounded bird in a stream. She mended its wing and fed it with drops of milk. After a year in her care, the bird grew strong, and she carried it to the cliffs to let it fly away.
That was when the bird had transformed into Kwiriki, the Great Elder, who had been wounded at sea and taken a new form to escape. Snow-Walking Maiden was filled with joy, and so was the great Kwiriki, for he knew now that the children of the flesh had good in them.
To thank Snow-Walking Maiden for caring for him, the great Kwiriki carved her a throne out of his own horn, which was called the Rainbow Throne, and made her a handsome consort, Night-Dancing Prince, out of sea foam. Snow-Walking Maiden became the first Empress Of Seiiki, and she flew over the island with the great Kwiriki, teaching the people to love the dragons and harm them nor more. Her bloodline had ruled Seiiki until they had perished in the Great Sorrow, and the First Warlord has taken up arms to avenge them. »
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Une fantasy avec les femmes à l'honneur que j'ai adoré ! Ce livre est une pépite, il est juste GENIAL ! J'ai tout aimé dans ce livre. Il n'y aucun moment plat, tout les chapitres contribuent à faire avancer l'histoire qui est juste DINGUE ! On switch entre l'est et l'ouest tout le long du livre en suivant différents personnages à divers endroits du monde et plus on avance dans notre lecture, plus les éléments s'emboitent ! L'intrigue est énorme, je ne m'attendais pas du tout à ça, mais c'était vraiment troooooop bien !
J'aime beaucoup trop ce livre, mon nouveau livre favoris même !!
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