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A Wind from the South (Raetian Tales, Book 1) by Diane Duane

By Diane Duane

A goddess within the making, or a demon reborn?

In the distant mountain village the place she used to be born, Mariarta dil Alicg lives the untroubled lifetime of a peasant girl...until, quickly after a mysterious stranger's arrival, she begins to listen to voices within the wind. The voices whisper unusual secrets and techniques in Mariarta’s ears -- promising her the facility to command the stormwind, hinting at an unknown magical background, and prophesying a destiny fantastic previous all Mariarta’s imaginings.

Then a curse falls on Mariarta's village, shattering the lives of her friends and family. Mariarta needs to set out around the mountain realm of Raetia looking for how to holiday the curse -- whereas additionally looking for the reality in regards to the appealing and bad being who's attempting to own her soul.

Mariarta’s seek will lead her into hidden domain names of sorcery either dreadful and wondrous, and should eventually embroil the younger girl within the becoming uprising opposed to her land's merciless Austriac oppressors -- yet now not prior to Mariarta comes nose to nose ultimately with the immortal girl of the Storms, and demanding situations her to 1 ultimate conflict for keep watch over of her lifestyles, her soul, and her destiny...

Reader advisory: This novel rated PG-15 for mature issues, language (Romansch), and the reinvention of democracy

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If this was the caliber of fare on the railroad, with its small kitchen cars and tiny staff, what then must await her at her final destination? Even in her anxiety, Etta was comforted by the thought that at least if she had to earn her own bread, it would not be stale. And if she had to serve food to earn her keep, at least it would be fare she could serve with pride. By the fourth day of travel, however, no amount of cinammon or sage could disguise the odor arising from the women, not to speak of the men.

And although it was true that this woman was not beautiful, it was equally true that this would never matter. She stripped off the jacket, threw her traveling case upon the bed opposite mine and proceeded to unpack. Out came a skirt, a blouse, a corset, and underclothing. I began to rouse myself from my pillow to greet the stranger when a voice like a darning needle pierced my words dead center. “Laura Bullion,” she said. “Texas by way of Tennessee. Better wake up, pretty. Dinner. ” She turned back to her work, apparently uninterested in any reply.

She asked. Mrs. Kelley dipped the nib of a long glass quill into the purple ink she kept for these signings—and these signings only. A harmless affectation, she had always thought, a unique color to remind the central office that these were “Kelley's girls,” unique even among the fine specimens deemed good enough for such an enlightened concern. Lowering her eyes, the woman who would be known as Etta Place signed the contract, gently gripping the clear cut-crystal pen. It felt in her hand like an icicle.

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