By Lois McMaster Bujold
Bothered younger Fawn Bluefield seeks a existence past her family’s farm. yet en path to the town, she encounters a patrol of Lakewalkers, nomadic soldier–sorcerers from the northern woodlands. Feared necromancers armed with mysterious knives made from human bone, they salary a mystery, ongoing conflict opposed to the scourge of the "malices," immortal entities that draw the existence out in their sufferers, enslaving human and animal alike.
It is Dag—a Lakewalker patroller weighed down through prior sorrows and laborious current responsibilities—who needs to come to Fawn’s reduction while she is taken captive by means of a malice. They succeed at a devastating cost—unexpectedly binding their fates as they embark upon a notable trip into risk and enjoyment, prejudice and partnership . . . and maybe even love.
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The surrounding countryside turned into a blur of panting and the thuds of his own feet. He felt his lungs burning and his legs had seized up entirely, they had brought him as far as they were willing. He knew this place, he had been here once before. It was a large bridge, several miles out from the institute, they had driven across it when he had first been committed. He had no idea why his feet had taken him here across the sloping fields. Absent-mindedly picking bits of hedge from his clothes, he spotted a man dangling his legs off the edge of the bridge and whistling tunelessly to himself.
The blackness surrounding him answered his query, it was an odd thing to think about given the lack of time left for him to think at all. It didn't feel like he thought it would, time had slowed to a standstill and his stomach had lurched from the inertia but he felt no sense of finality in his action. He knew death was waiting for him with open arms yet he didn't pay it much thought, nor did he look back over his past life reliving moments long lost. If anything he felt resolve, not in ending himself but in this singular action.
There was something very wrong here, he didn't know why but every faculty left to him was screaming not to give this woman the ending of his life work. ' Her visage soured considerably at being denied. 'Mr. ' Two large men seemed to appear out of nowhere, flanking her. They didn't look friendly. He had to act, now. The chair went flying across the room and shattered through the glass pane. He was almost surprised to see it happen. Almost. Gathering speed he burst out of captivity, ducking and weaving between the outstretched arms of security.