In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, Book 2)

By Tamora Pierce

From Tamora Pierce, the second one ebook within the tune of the Lioness Quartet, venerated with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

Alanna, disguised as a boy, turns into a squire to none except the inheritor to the throne. Prince Jonathan is not just Alanna’s liege lord, he's additionally her top friend—and one of many few who is familiar with the key of her real identification. but if a vicious sorcerer threatens the prince’s lifestyles, it's going to take all of Alanna’s ability, power, and magical strength to guard him, even on the danger of surrendering her goals…

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Yet each person had referred to as her bird, and Jonathan had checked out her with “Please? ” in his eyes, and Alex had guess her ten gold nobles she couldn’t get round the pond as soon as with no falling. Her noble’s satisfaction couldn’t refuse this type of problem, even if she have been cautious of Alex ever because the mock duel while he had approximately killed her. Her pals applauded as she tottered out onto the ice, trustworthy yowling encouragement from the land. He had insisted on coming, although—like any sane cat—he hated water, frozen or no longer. Alanna attempted a number of steps, relieved to discover the ice was resolute underneath her. Getting a bit bolder, she skated numerous ft, preventing basically to retie a skate lace. unexpectedly Geoffrey and Sacherell swept up at the back of her and seized her by way of either fingers, setting out along with her down the pond’s size. Alanna laughed and ordered them to allow her pass, figuring out they wouldn’t drop her. Raoul’s squire used to be the easiest skater within the palace, and Geoffrey used to be particularly sturdy for somebody born and reared in Persopolis. Grinning, they deposited her in entrance of Alex. “Well? ” The younger knight grinned, pointing to the ice. “A bet’s a raffle! ” Alanna trigger doggedly round the fringe of the pond, her legs pumping progressively. as soon as she acquired into the rhythm of it, she had purely to observe for bumps and tough spots within the ice. this is often extra enjoyable than I remembered, she suggestion, attaining the a ways finish of the pond, many yards clear of her pals. might be I should still skate extra! At this finish of the pond there have been numerous clumps of reeds. She gave them a large berth, remembering that ice was once weaker in such parts. just a 3rd of how remained to head whilst the ice gave manner underneath her. She fell into bone-cold water like a stone, biting again a scream of fright. It had occurred simply this fashion whilst she was once 5, with the skates pulling her down. She fought to get them off her ft, protecting her breath and cursing the terror of chilly that made her put on such a lot of outfits. There! The skates have been off her ft, and he or she used to be plowing towards the outside back. Her lungs have been bursting. Terror rose up, choking her. She compelled herself to imagine, understanding that if she panicked now she will be lifeless. absolutely the air used to be simply above her … Her palms contacted ice. She groped, searching for the outlet during which she had come; however it used to be dead. Shivering helplessly within the water, she felt for the ember-stone. She didn’t even know it was once in her numb hand till its hearth blazed out and a gap melted within the ice above her head. She shot to the skin, breathing in a tremendous gasp of air, prior to her sodden outfits pulled her lower than. once again, she proposal grimly, and he or she compelled herself to the outside back. This time robust arms gripped either her fingers, and Jon and Raoul pulled her out onto the ice. “Did anyone opt for aid? ” Jonathan requested tensely as he pulled off her jacket. “Get he—get his outer issues off! ” “The women went,” Gary responded, tugging off Alanna’s mittens. “Mithros, Alan, you gave us a—Faithful, break out from there! ” Alanna attempted to show her head. “What’s he doing?

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