By Tanith Lee
"A mattress of Earth" is a haunting trip to a parallel model of sixteenth-century Venice, the place a fierce territorial competition among noble households finds a supernatural strength from underneath the placid floor of the canals and rotting understructure of the town.
The fight among the 2 households for house at the Isle of the lifeless, the overcrowded burial flooring for generations of Venetian the Aristocracy, boils over and a fourteen-year-old lady is compelled to pay the final word expense. because the years go on, events complicit in her disappearance start to endure the results in a chain of surprising deaths. A humble apprentice gravedigger is left to tackle the mysteries and subdue the traditional terror that threatens to break the full republic.
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They had rowed into its shadow, and Duncan could make out the cave they were headed for amid the sharp rocks. Supposedly the base of the tower was in there, as well as a place to park the boat. If not, they would no doubt crash on the rocks and drown. Seemed simple enough. DRAGON AGE: THE CALLING 59 “They were a gift,” Duncan ﬁnally said, breaking the silence. The King seemed honestly surprised. ” “My daggers. ” “Maybe. They were an apology. ” Now the King was truly interested. “An apology? ” “She’s not,” Duncan said ﬂatly.
Time was vital. Genevieve might as well have had those words carved into her ﬂesh, she repeated them so often. The possibility that there might be any truth to them made Fiona shiver. She had seen a darkspawn only once in her entire life, on the very eve that she’d joined the order. She had not been a Grey Warden long enough to repeat the experience, and for that she considered herself fortunate. The few tales she had heard of the creatures had all said the same thing: The darkspawn had been defeated by the order for the ﬁnal time long, long ago, never to arise again.
The emissaries were capable of speech, but he didn’t recall any record of a Grey Warden having actually spoken to one. They were the spellcasters of the darkspawn, and he had heard one on occasion taunting the front lines, or crying out in DRAGON AGE: THE CALLING 41 anger as the Grey Wardens pressed the attack. He had even heard of them delivering ultimatums from across the battleﬁeld, but never anything like this. He felt with his mental senses, and yes, this was indeed a darkspawn before him.
A Bed of Earth (The Secret Books of Venus, Book 3) by Tanith Lee