By Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette
A spouse to Wolves is the tale of a tender nobleman, Isolfr, who's selected to develop into a wolfcarl — a warrior who's bonded to a battling wolf. Isolfr is deeply interested in the wolves, and notwithstanding as his father's inheritor he can refuse the decision, he chooses to go.
The humans of this wintry land depend upon the wolfcarls to guard them from the specter of trolls and wyverns, notwithstanding the supernatural creatures haven't are available strength for a few years. males are turning out to be too convinced. The wolfhealls are small, and the lords supply them much less recognize than in former years. however the iciness of Isolfr's bonding, the trolls come down from the north in a ways larger numbers than ahead of, and the holding's complaisance provides method to terror within the dark.
Isolfr, now bonded to a queen wolf, Viradechtis, needs to examine the place his honor lies, and detect the lengths to which he'll to move whilst it, and love for his wolf, force him.
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The maester stood on the windswept balcony outside his chambers. It was here the ravens came, after long flight. Their droppings speckled the gargoyles that rose twelve feet tall on either side of him, a hellhound and a wyvern, two of the thousand that brooded over the walls of the ancient fortress. When first he came to Dragonstone, the army of stone grotesques had made him uneasy, but as the years passed he had grown used to them. Now he thought of them as old friends. The three of them watched the sky together with foreboding.
It is as you warned him. They will not rise, Maester. Not for him. ” No, Cressen thought. Nor will they ever. . . yet it is not enough. It has never been enough. ” “All? No. Only those that would see me. They do not love me either, these highborns. ” His left hand closed, stubby fingers locking into a fist; Stannis had hacked the ends off at the last joint, all but the thumb. “I broke bread with Gulian Swann and old Penrose, and the Tarths consented to a midnight meeting in a grove. The others—well, Beric Dondarrion is gone missing, some say dead, and Lord Caron is with Renly.
Patchface sprawled half on top of him, motley fool's face pressed close to his own. He had lost his tin helm with its antlers and bells. “Under the sea, you fall up,” he declared. ” Giggling, the fool rolled off, bounded to his feet, and did a little dance. Trying to make the best of it, the maester smiled feebly and struggled to rise, but his hip was in such pain that for a moment he was half afraid that he had broken it all over again. He felt strong hands grasp him under the arms and lift him back to his feet.
A Companion to Wolves (Iskryne World, Book 1) by Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette