posted on Jul, 27 2017 @ 05:43 PM
OK, well, I couldn't find a way to put a spoiler tag on it. Oh well. Here are the summaries:
95 - Isaraleisen
96 - The Amaerke's Gambit
Gaalen's mother, the Amaerke Isara Braeghe, has an audience with Queen Tirina and the Princess Anna Kire. She proposes an alliance of House
Braeghe with the Royal House Daecullon, cemented by the marriage of Gaalen to the Princess. As part of the bargain, she requests that Gaalen be made
the Amaerke of a vacant Maarke when he and the Princess have married.
97 - A Humbled Visitor
98 - A Battle He Couldn't Win
Gaalen is alone in his apartment, worrying over Kaena's distant attitude. Seeress Meron brings the Bearer Casera to Gaalen's apartments to release
him from her Command and apologize. Gaalen blows up and Siere leaves angrily, slamming the door.
99 - Apology
100 - Disclosure
Sometime after the Seeress leaves, Elder Poliara shows up at Gaalen's apartment, and he grumbles that she never tells him anything and their 'bargain'
is one-sided. Then Poliara also apologizes for Casera's behavior, and hints she knew it was occurring. He gets very angry with her as well,
tells her he's through helping her, and demands she leave. She gives in and provides him with information on her search for the treasonous group,
including that Lady Eilana Itaericae was her agent trying to infiltrate the traitors. She was killed the night of the Water Drummer performance,
before she could share what she had found with Poliara. Someone has figured out how to control the creatures that attacked that night. Another
tidbit is that there has been correspondence with someone in the Eastholds, perhaps even Mons Ros, which means the conspiracy may be the prelude to an
invasion of Aavelae.
101 - A Cold Dread
Gaalen ponders the information he received from Poliara. He considers that Shadow Night - a period of several days of complete darkness when the
Greatmoon wanes to completely new and the sun does not rise - would be the perfect time to begin an invasion, especially if one had control of
creatures that could see in the dark.
102 - A Small Favor
103 - To Call a Bluff
Kaena is getting drunk. She recalls a memory from when she had just been promoted onto the Council of Ladies Captain and she was serving as the
personnel officer; it is when Gaalen is recovering from his capture by rochfendre - he is fighting infection and may die. She is approached by
a shadowy group - led by Seer Lowaeren - to approve of a personnel transfer. However, she's not told which, only that it would be for a "qualified
candidate." Lowaeren makes it clear, however, that Gaalen's life is in the balance if she refuses. Even if Gaalen survives, he will be tried for
dereliction of duty because of the rochfendre raid, for which Gaalen would be executed if convicted. Lowaeren says he can save Gaalen's life -
both the infection and the conviction, or he can ensure Gaalen dies. Kaena tried to figure out which transfer but couldn't. Then for years she heard
nothing more. Until now, when she received a note to schedule a specific unit for guard duty on Shadow's Eve. Gaalen is threatened again: "On
Shadow's Eve. Or he dies."
104 - Broken
Seeress Meron is alone in her room. She can't take it anymore. She is going insane, and can't control her own mind. She is tortured by memories and
is losing her grip. She has now hurt Lord Braeghe, and that upsets her terribly. She tries to slit her wrist with her belt knife to end it, but a
memory pushes in - Gaalen, singing to her as she slept after healing the girl in the Temple. She admits to herself she's in love with him, but knows
she can never have him. She curls up on her bed and prays that God would kill her, because she can't do it herself.
105 - A New Chapter
Seeress Meron doesn't show up for training, so Gaalen goes alone, assuming she has not forgiven him for his temper tantrum. He decides to apologize.
He ponders events while he performs his training routine alone.
106 - Summoned
Gaalen is summoned to meet with his mother, who informs him the Princess has accepted her proposal and he will be wed to the Princess, who will one
day be Queen. This would make Gaalen the Prince Consort, the most powerful man in the realm. He and his mother argue over Kaena and her favoritism
of his deceased older brother Gesaert, and she slaps him. He turns his back and walks out.
107 - Target
After, Isara and the captain of her men-at-arms, Kivioen, discuss his reaction and come to the conclusion the reason he's reluctant is because he's
gotten Kaena pregnant. Isara orders Kivioen to assassinate Kaena, and make it look "authentic."
108 - Simply
Kaena is looking for a brush in Gaalen's apartments. Gaalen tries to tell her about the Princess and his impending marriage, but Kaena doesn't want
to talk. He pushes, they argue and Kaena admits she thinks Gaalen is falling in love with the Seeress. He says he is willing to give up everything
for Kaena, and she seems willing to at least talk.