The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, Volume 1

By Gordon Dahlquist


Here starts a unprecedented alliance—and a brutal and smooth, surprising, and electrifying event to finish all adventures.

It begins with an easy observe. Roger Bascombe regretfully needs to notify Celeste Temple that their engagement is forthwith terminated. made up our minds to determine why, pass over Temple takes step one in a trip that would propel her right into a dizzyingly seductive, completely stunning global past her imagining—and set her on a collision path with a killer and a spy—in a bodice-ripping, action-packed roller-coaster journey of suspense, betrayal, and richly fevered goals.

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The trooper clicked his heels by way of intuition and taken the clinical package to Svenson. “I am thankful to you, I’m sure,” he acknowledged, snapping the equipment open. “Hurry up,” replied Xonck. Svenson’s brain was once racing. He had stated something he may well reflect on to aim and litter the loyalty of the 2 soldiers, to solid Blach as a traitor—it hadn’t labored. For a second he puzzled at his personal loyalty—how a long way he had come, what determined straits he had braved—all so past his general personality, and for what? He knew then it was once no longer the Prince—a resource of continuing frustration and disappointment—nor his father, unthinking and proud. used to be it for von Hoern? was once it for Corinna? used to be it simply because he needs to commit his lifestyles to whatever, to stick precise, it doesn't matter what that used to be, within the face of her loss? Svenson stared into his scientific package, now not desiring to counterfeit his shaking palms. the very fact was once, the oblivion of poison used to be a damned sight higher than attempting a few foolhardy get away and failing—as he used to be sure to do. He had no illusions of the brutal lengths to which Blach may go—especially to quell any doubts within the minds of his men—to render Svenson a gibbering, pleading mess. Such an go out was once tempting, and for a quick second his looking out common sense was once overtaken by means of an impulsive reverie of his misplaced past—the excessive meadows in flower, espresso in an autumn café, the opera field in Paris, Corinna as a woman, her uncle’s farm. It was once most unlikely, overwhelming—he couldn't give up in this type of rush. He plunged his hand into the case, introduced out a flask, then intentionally bobbled it out of his seize so it shattered at the pier. He appeared up at Xonck pleadingly. “No matter—no matter—there are different issues to use—let me simply locate it—a second, i encourage you…” He set the equipment at the pier and knelt over it, rummaging. He glanced speedy on the trooper to his correct. the fellow carried a saber in a scabbard yet no different weapon. Svenson was once sane sufficient to gain that he couldn't wish to grab the hilt abruptly and draw it cleanly—the perspective was once all incorrect. He was once at most sensible more likely to have it half-out and be grappling with the trooper whilst significant Blach shot him cleanly within the again. Xonck was once looking at him. He chosen a flask, checked out it within the mild, shook his head, and changed it, digging for one more. “What used to be fallacious with that one? ” known as Blach impatiently. “It used to be now not speedy enough,” responded Svenson. “Here—this one will do. ” He stood, a moment glass flask in his hand. The soldiers have been on each side of him, and jointly they stood on the nook of 1 of the piers and the portage. throughout from them at the different pier, a few 5 yards away, have been Xonck and Blach. among them was once the portage itself and the barge with the 2 coffins and the Comte’s males. “What did you choose? ” referred to as Xonck. “Arsenic,” replied Svenson. “Useful in small doses for psoriasis, tuberculosis, and—most pertinently for princes—syphilis. In higher doses, instantly deadly. ” He got rid of the stopper and seemed round him, gauging the distances as heavily as attainable. the lads weren't but again from the forge.

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