The Map of All Things (Terra Incognita)
Kevin J. Anderson
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After terrible atrocities by both sides, the religious war between Tierra and Uraba has spread and intensified, irreparably dividing the known world. What started as a series of skirmishes has erupted into a full-blown crusade.
Now that the Uraban leader, Soldan-Shah Omra, has captured the ruined city of Ishalem, his construction teams discover a priceless ancient map in an underground vault - a map that can guide brave explorers to the mysterious Key to Creation.
seeds now, and once I hear your degree of passion in delivering the sermon, I will calculate your reward.” Erima backed away. “Thank you, my Lady. It shall be done exactly as you say.” After the ur-sikara departed, the inner-circle priestess guards ushered in the young girl. Cithara was quiet and shy, with beautiful features that would someday blossom into a seductive loveliness just like her mother’s. However, with Villiki’s careful instruction, Cithara would not make the poor decisions, and
time, you think you have nothing to lose.” Then he broke into a smile. “Just greet Holy Joron for me when you see him, all right? I’ll be waiting right here for Ondun to return.” Remembering his companion, Criston introduced Javian. Ciarlo looked at the fourteen-year-old, adding the years in his mind, surely imagining how old Adrea’s child—Criston’s true son—would be now, if the raiders hadn’t taken her. But both Adrea and the baby had probably died long ago. And Javian was much too young.
forward. 14 Saedran District, Olabar When Olabar came into view over the low hills, the skyline looked so beautiful that Imir thought the caravan had taken a wrong turn and found the way to mystical Terravitae. He had been away for half a year, but it seemed like ages. The Nunghals were not a particularly cultured people, and their women were not the most attractive in the world. (Sometimes, in fact, Imir had trouble telling the difference between one of the old wives and one of the
knowing the admonishment would not sink in. “Do not forget that you make a better impression the more you listen and the less you say.” “I won’t say anything unless it’s important. I won’t ask questions. I won’t speak up. I’ll just be quiet and learn what I can. I’ve been practicing.” “I hadn’t noticed.” Iaros was a full-grown man, well-muscled, almost as handsome as he thought he was, but his innocence gave him a childlike air. After the ship tied up to the dock and the two men disembarked,
caught a sea serpent with his fishhook. Sapier made it home safely, but the men who wronged him faced severe punishments.” “It’s not so easy to catch a sea serpent with a fishhook.” Criston laughed in spite of himself. Every crewmember knew how he had survived after the sinking of the Luminara. Javian seemed upset and confused. “We should give her a chance, Captain. If she turns out to be a ra’vir, we can still put her ashore the first time we make landfall.” Hannes remained uneasy. “I need to