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ELIAS. COME. IT IS TIME. . . .
“Time for what?” Dr. Rax called before he realized the voice he answered was in his head.
He turned and faced the door, unable to stop himself. From a distance, he felt his hand go into his pocket for his keys, saw them turn in the lock, heard the quiet movement of air as the door opened, smelled the cedar that had been filling the room with its scent since they’d opened the coffin, tasted fear.
The coffin was empty save for a pile of linen wrappings already beginning to decay. A man stooped with age, eyes deep sunk over ax blade cheekbones, flesh clinging to bone and skin stretched tight, walked out of the shadows. Somehow, Elias Rax had known it would come to this. From the moment he had first seen the unbroken seal on the sarcophagus, he had felt this moment approaching.
“Des . . . troy those.” The voice creaked like two pieces of old wood rubbing together.
“Do what?” Dr. Rax asked, looking down at the linen wrappings and then up at the man who had so recently worn them.
“There must be . . . no evi . . . dence.”
“Evidence. Of what?”
“Of me. . . . ”
SMOKE AND SHADOWS
SMOKE AND MIRRORS
SMOKE AND ASHES
THE ENCHANTMENT EMPORIUM
THE QUARTERS NOVELS, VOL 1 omnibus:
SING THE FOUR QUARTERS FIFTH QUARTER
THE QUARTERED SEA
The Keeper’s Chronicles:
SUMMON THE KEEPER
THE SECOND SUMMONING
LONG HOT SUMMONING
OF DARKNESS, LIGHT AND FIRE
The Confederation Novels:
A CONFEDERATION OF VALOR omnibus:
VALOR’S CHOICE THE BETTER PART OF VALOR
THE HEART OF VALOR
WIZARD OF THE GROVE omnibus
CHILD OF THE GROVE THE LAST WIZARD
Copyright © 1993 by Tanya Huff.
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