by Robin Hobb
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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The second book of the new brand trilogy from the author of the Tawny Man trilogy, following the best-selling shaman’s CrossingThe King of the Cavalla Academy was ravaged by the plague pointThe disease has decimated the ranks of officer cadets and instructors, and even the survivors remain ill.Many have been forced to give up their military ambitions and reunite with their families to cope with dependence and disappointment.As the infirmary Academy empties, Cadet Nevare Burvelle also prepares for the return trip, to attend her brother Rosse’s weddingFar from being a broken man, Nevare is haunted and copious after his convalescence.He defeated his sworn enemy, the Woman’s Tree and freed himself from the Magic Straw that infected him and tried to make him, against his own peopleA bright future offers itself to him as an officer engaged to a beautiful young noble girlYet her nights are still haunted by the dreams of the voluptuous Tree of the Woman, dreams in which her Grain of self betrays all that is dear to her in her awakened life.Has the plague infected in a much more mysterious way than the purely physical aspectDespite his fears, Nevare will be back in Widevale in good spirits, waiting for a jubilant return home and a meeting call with his beautiful fiancée, CarsinaBut his life is about to take a shocking turn, as the magic in his blood roars to life and forces him to recognize that his most dangerous enemy, an enemy who seeks to destroy everything he loves, may reside inside him
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