Serpent Daughter – Snippet 20

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 20 The next nearest boat was still a minute out, and it was a canoe. Montse turned to face the oncoming beastkind. Her pistols were loaded, and she stood side to side with Miquel and a handful of Cahokian marines. “Load!”...

Heart Of The World – Snippet 20

Heart Of The World – Snippet 20 The smaller man sidestepped, and the bigger man crashed down hard onto the ground. The tall skinny man next to Daud turned to him, caught his arm, said in Arabic, “See how Moro is using Yaqi’s own weight against him,...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 19

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 19 Formally, Montse’s title was admiral. Following the example of Josep and the crew of the Verge, most of the navy simply called her by the Catalan word Capit√†. This suited her just fine. She looked through her spyglass; at...

Heart Of The World – Snippet 19

Heart Of The World – Snippet 19 *** They all slept on the floor of the hall; the men had blankets and carpets but Daud lay down on the stone floor. He was afraid to sleep, as always, but sleep came over him, and he saw the eyes again, floating in the dark. He...

Heart Of The World – Snippet 18

Heart Of The World – Snippet 18 The Mamelukes, bunched all around, gave a low general laugh. Bohemund braced up. His men were watching him, intent. He sat silent a while, staring into the Mameluke’s eyes; Gilbert grew fearful they would fight. He saw no...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 18

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 18 “The truly ambitious man raises his fellows.” Chapter Four Kinta Jane Embry had become accustomed to riding mastodons. The first few days had been the worst, until she learned to rise and fall with the beast’s...

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 17

Serpent Daughter – Snippet 17 # One of Eggbert Bailey’s great keys to what success he had achieved so far in life was that he needed very little sleep. A man who could sleep three hours a night and feel fully rested could drive his men to work hard when...

Heart Of The World – Snippet 16

Heart Of The World – Snippet 16 CHAPTER THREE Caravanserai The merchant Gilbert d’Baalbeck, with five camels and four servants and a chest full of money, left the Il-Khan’s summer camp and went south and west, toward the Euphrates. The road was poor,...