Battle of the Sun by Jeanette Winterson

By Jeanette Winterson

Jack is the selected one, the Radiant Boy the Magus wishes which will ideal the alchemy that may remodel London of the 1660s right into a golden urban. yet Jack isn't the type of boy who will do what he's advised by way of an evil genius, and he's quickly taken with an epic and nail-biting experience that includes dragons, knights and Queen Elizabeth I, as he battles to avoid wasting London.

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The smoke was not enough to obscure it completely. Crimson, with a disc half white and half black, the colors divided by a sinuous line, just like the piece of cloth the siswai’aman wore. Rand al’Thor’s banner. Could he possibly be strong enough to have broken free, overwhelmed all the Aes Sedai and raised that? It had to be. The storm still battered at the dome, but Sevanna heard murmurs behind her. The other women were thinking of retreat. Not her. She had always known that the easiest path to power lay through conquering men who already possessed it, and even as a child she was sure she had been born with the weapons to conquer them.

The only Youngling afoot, he attracted attention. Three cadin’sor-clad figures dodged through the horsemen, rushing at him with spears ready. Perhaps they thought him easy meat, three on one. He disabused them. His sword left the scabbard smoothly, as smoothly as he flowed from The Falcon Stoops to The Creeper Embraces the Oak to The Moon Rises Over the Lakes. Three times he felt the shock in his wrists of blade meeting flesh, and that quickly three veiled Aielmen were down; two still moving weakly, but they were out of the fight as much as the other.

He filled her goblet and his own with wine from the silver pitcher sitting in a bowl of cool water that had been ice a little while ago. “My Lord Niall . . ” The hesitation was just right, the slim hand halfstretched across the table toward him, the added respect in how she addressed him. Once she had called him simply Niall, with more contempt than she would have handed a drunken groom. The hesitation would have been just right had he not had the measure of her. “My Lord Niall, surely you can order Galad to Amador so I may see him.

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