Blood and Iron (Promethean Age, Book 1) by Elizabeth Bear

By Elizabeth Bear

She is called Seeker. Spellbound by means of the Faerie Queen, she has kidnapped human youngsters for her mistress's excitement for what sounds like an eternity, not able to unfastened herself from servitude and reclaim her personal humanity.

Seeker's most modern prey is a Merlin. Named after the mythical wizard of Camelot, Merlins aren't easily those that wield magic––they are magic. Now, with the Prometheus Club's brokers and opponents from Faerie either vying for the want of this being of unlimited magic to tip the stability of energy, Seeker needs to convince the Merlin to hitch her cause—or else possibility wasting whatever much more beneficial and extra very important to her than the destiny of humankind....

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They are in the pool? " "Of course. Do you think they want to wait in the regular realm, getting older every moment? " "She does? What's wrong with getting older? " This time Mentia's right side shrugged in one direction, and her left side in the other direction. Gary did find that interesting, especially when her eyes passed each other on the return trip, overshooting the mark. "But Iris is ninety-three years old. " "Ninety-seven, technically. But he was youthened to about twenty-five last year, and is now one handsome hunk of human.

He couldn't bound very well underwater, but he made sufficient progress by slowly flapping his wings instead. He climbed out, shook his body and wings dry, and turned back to thank her, but she was gone. The surface of the moat was rippling as the storm eased; the fish were already into their playoffs. He bounded to the inner side of the drawbridge, and to the castle gate. It opened as he got there, admitting him. A human young woman of about twenty stood there. "Hello," she said, looking past him.

This must relate. But what did it mean? He looked around-and spied another mountain, with another boulder. More balancing. But he still didn't know how any of this could help. He bounded between the two mountains, hoping for some clue. He saw that the sunlight fell across this region in a checkered pattern, interrupted by the shadows of the mountains and stones. Halfway between the balanced rocks was a square that seemed to have been etched into the ground by the pattern of sunbeam and shadow. He wasn't sure how it had happened, because normally shadows did not stay still very long.

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