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Wayfarer Redemption #01 - Sinner by Sara Douglass


Wayfarer Redemption #01 - Sinner by Sara Douglass

Author:Sara Douglass [Douglass, Sara]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Fantasy, Epic, Fiction, General
ISBN: 9780765342782
Google: tD9-bFZWIvsC
Amazon: 0765342782
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Published: 1997-01-02T00:00:00+00:00


And no doubt Zenith also finds it hard to adjust to whatever torment she has been subjected to, StarDrifter thought.

Without thinking he took one of Niah's wings in his hand, intending to lift it into position for her.

"Don't you dare touch me!" she hissed and spun away, almost overbalancing with the weight of her wings.

"I was only trying to help," StarDrifter said, keeping his voice even.

"I am sorry," Niah said stiffly. "It was concern for my baby only that made me speak so."

Her hands rested on her belly, and StarDrifter involuntarily glanced down at them. And curse that baby that had been got on Zenith's unwilling body.

StarDrifter knew Niah encouraged WolfStar back into her bed night after night. A feeling, a presentiment whenever the renegade Enchanter was with her, the expression on Niah's face in the morning, all told him that WolfStar visited her whenever he could.

StarDrifter felt sickened by it, but there was little he could do. He was powerless in the face of WolfStar's own ability, and he could hardly lock Niah up for taking a lover to her bed.

"I dreamed last night," Niah said unexpectedly after a few minutes' silence. She was staring out to sea, the wind whipping her black hair to tangle in the upper feathers of her wings.

"Yes?"

"I dreamed that I was trapped in a small chamber underground, so restricted I could not stretch my wings, could not fly. I called and screamed for help, but no-one heard."

She shivered. "No-one heard."

Niah turned her head and smiled at StarDrifter. "I must have been remembering when I was locked in death, don't you think? Awaiting rebirth. I was pleased when I awoke."

No, StarDrifter thought, that was Zenith calling for help, and you woke and trapped her into yet more darkness.

"Ah." Niah wrapped her arms about herself. "This breeze has grown cool. I shall go back to my quarters, I think, and perhaps find one of the priestesses to talk to."

"Do you resent not being First any longer?" StarDrifter asked suddenly.

Niah tipped her head back and laughed. "Oh no! I shall use this life for other purposes, methinks."

And then she was gone, and StarDrifter was left to watch her walk towards the Temple with eyes and heart smouldering with loss and resentment.

He flew, for Zenith's sake as much as his own. He lifted off the cliffs and soared sunward on the thermal rising from the combined heat of island and temple beacon.

It was only there, high in the sky with just the seagulls and the sun to observe, that he let himself cry. He had lost a granddaughter, yet still her body was paraded before him, used, to remind him every moment of his loss. She had been stolen, and abused in that stealing.

He soared higher and higher, until the island became only a speck far below him. Perhaps it was time to leave the island, find a different purpose in life. He could not bear staying to watch Niah give birth (and to what'? An Enchanter?



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