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A shadow in summer
Daniel Abraham
Adult Fiction ABRAHAM

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Summary: The powerful city-state of Saraykeht is a bastion of peace and culture, a major center of commerce and trade. Its economy depends on the power of the captive spirit, Seedless, an andat bound to the poet-sorcerer Heshai for life. Enter the Galts, a juggernaut of an empire committed to laying waste to all lands with their ferocious army. Saraykeht, though, has always been too strong for the Galts to attack, but now they see an opportunity. If they can dispose of Heshai, Seedless's bonded poet-sorcerer, Seedless will perish and the entire city will fall. With secret forces inside the city, the Galts prepare to enact their terrible plan. In the middle is Otah, a simple laborer with a complex past. Recruited to act as a bodyguard for his girlfriend's boss at a secret meeting, he inadvertently learns of the Galtish plot. Otah finds himself as the sole hope of Saraykeht, either he stops the Galts, or the whole city and everyone in it perishes forever.


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main characters Seedless
Male
Shapeshifter
Magically removes seeds from plants to keep commerce flowing; can remove unborn children from their mother's womb; bound to Heshai for life; has a plot to abort a wanted child.

Heshai-kvo
Male
Seedless's creator.
Poet

Maati
Male
Heshai's apprentice.
Apprentice

Itani
Female
Laborer

Liat
Female
Scribe



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