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

By Tamora Pierce

From Tamora Pierce, the second one e-book within the music of the Lioness Quartet, commemorated 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 isn't just Alanna’s liege lord, he's additionally her most sensible friend—and one of many few who understands the key of her actual identification. but if a vicious sorcerer threatens the prince’s existence, it's going to take all of Alanna’s ability, power, and magical energy to guard him, even on the probability of surrendering her desires…

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I’m now not amused via you, prisoner. Don’t test my endurance. ” Alanna curled up round the facet he had kicked, sweating with ache. not anyone was once looking at her partners; all awareness was once on her and the Duke. She appeared up at him, boiling mad. “You are courageous, kicking a chained prisoner. they need to sing heroic ballads approximately you on wintry weather nights! ” Hilam grabbed her chains, yanking her to her ft. “I’ve heard approximately your tongue, Squire. ” He used to be smiling flippantly; that worried her. nobody as indignant as Hilam smiled, until he used to be insane. “Perhaps I’ll reduce it out. ” He threw her opposed to the rear wall and complex on her. Alanna struggled to her ft, by no means taking her eyes off him. “Behavior I’d anticipate from the goatherd’s bastard, now not a nobleman,” she taunted as Micah and Keel inched towards the open door. “Perhaps your mom tricked your father? ” Hilam hit her back, knocking her to her knees. Micah and Keel bolted out the door, operating for all they have been worthy. whilst Hilam grew to become to keep on with, Alanna grabbed him, wrapping her fingers round his torso. The Tusaine was once stopped from throwing a spell after the escaping males via the magic that saved Alanna helpless. “Don’t stick with! ” Hilam ordered, yanking out of Alanna’s carry and slapping her. “This is the single we need to fear approximately! ” “Let me have him,” Jemis recommended. “He’s been an annoyance to me for a very long time. i may have killed Prince Jonathan that evening if he hadn’t been there. ” Alanna may perhaps pay attention shouting within the distance. She crossed her palms and prayed her acquaintances could break out. “He’s been an annoyance to many for a protracted time,” Hilam snapped, his clean-shaven face grim. “Before I allow you to play with him, he’s going to inform me anything approximately Tortall. He’s going to inform me all Prince Jonathan’s plans and all King Roald’s plans. Then he'll inform me issues that don’t curiosity me in any respect, yet he’ll inform them simply because he’ll say something to prevent the ache. ” “Pigs may fly,” Alanna snapped. She spat within the man’s face. Hilam wiped the spit away, his beautiful eyes considerate. “You’ll take some time to wreck. ” He smiled unexpectedly, and her abdominal sank. “That may be fairly relaxing. purely imagine, you’ll have the uncertain repute of being the single chargeable for my taking this complete valley. How does that sit down together with your much-loved honor, Squire Alan? ” “Perhaps your mom betrayed your father with a warthog,” Alanna stated thoughtfully. She might simply get ill if she listened to what he used to be asserting. “You either definitely have a warthog’s manners. Jem there even has a warthog’s seems to be. ” Jem lunged for her, merely to be stopped by way of one of many guardsmen. “Jemis is especially rash,” Hilam informed Alanna. “I’m now not. It’s going to take excess of those little barbs to pierce my armor—” “Perhaps my sword will pierce it, then? ” Jonathan requested coolly from the entrance. “Thank you, trustworthy. You appear to have led us to definitely the right position. ” Micah, Keel, Gary, Sacherell, Raoul, and Douglass have been at the back of the prince. trustworthy ran among their toes to put himself among Alanna and her tormentor, hissing angrily.

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