One Good Knight (Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 2)

By Mercedes Lackey

Whilst a dragon storms the fort, what may still a (virgin) princess do?

Why, flip to her reviews, after all! yet not anything practical-minded Princess Andromeda of Acadia unearths offers a definitive resolution. the single conventional solution, notwithstanding, is soothing the marauding dragon by way of a virgin sacrifice. issues are going particularly easily with the lottery--except for the ladies selected, of course--until Princess Andromeda herself is picked!

But dealing with down the dragon does not pass rather as deliberate, and now, with assistance from her Champion, Sir George, Andromeda searches for the dragon's lair. yet even--"especially"--in the 500 Kingdoms, bucking culture isn't really effortless. It takes the most powerful of wills, wisdom, speedy wits and a refusal to renounce, it doesn't matter what occurs alongside the way....

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My fingers hurt,” she acknowledged, feeling as though she must be apologizing. “All that water-carrying yesterday…” “Ah. ” the pinnacle vanished, then again. “Stay in mattress and sleep a piece longer. We forgot you wouldn’t be used to that kind of labor. We’ll tackle whatever so that you can do this doesn’t contain hauling heavy issues approximately. not less than till you get conversant in doing issues that contain loads of exertions. ” “I—” she started, however the head used to be long past back. She were going to claim that she desired to do her percentage of the paintings, yet obviously that was once a given right here.

Foxes usually performed roles in conventional paths. She nodded. “The query will be, who's utilizing it, or is it doing this by itself? ” she whispered again. “I don’t be aware of, yet on account that i began awaiting it, i've got obvious symptoms of it a number of instances. the tip of a tail, eyes within the trees, a couple of ears—when you recognize to monitor for it, you could seize it with out a lot of hassle. ” good, probably he might. recognizing hidden foxes within the undergrowth used to be now not this type of factor a scholarly Princess had ever informed for.

The article is,” she stated slowly, “no one with a reason has grew to become up. in reality, if it weren’t for the geas on you, Adam, and the magic spell conserving Champions in another country, you will simply be the conventional, senseless, ravening monster that's alleged to wake up a hero for the folks. ” Solon may have rigged the lottery, yet he couldn’t have summoned the dragon. All he’d performed used to be benefit from the location. Plus, if he’d sought after the dominion, all he may have needed to do was once organize to marry Andie.

That on my own used to be adequate cause to invade the Treaty Lands. because it used to be, he needed to be gotten out of ways so she may have a freer hand in controlling those humans. with no Warrior-King, she was once going to need to rent mercenaries to take over the Treaty Lands, and he easily could have post too many objections to the types of taxes had to pay for anything like that. And it wasn’t as though she’d raised taxes by surprise. a bit right here, a bit there—people realized to manage, realized to paintings a bit tougher.

Andie shrugged. “If it’s that cozy, then by means of all means—” “It is. I’m no longer the 1st Champion that’s needed to conceal his or her identification by way of any stretch of the imagination,” Gina answered, and seemed round nervously. “And with a bit of luck our little secret agent doesn’t recognize adequate concerning the ameliorations among women and men to inform that I’m now not a guy. ” “If it’s a fox, I shouldn’t imagine so,” Andie acknowledged reluctantly. “A factor used to dwelling within the wild isn’t going to get sufficient shut perspectives of individuals as a way to do this.

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