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The King of Ys (Volume Two - Dahut & The Dog and the Wolf)
The King of Ys - Volume Two - Dahut & The Dog and the Wolf Author:Poul and Karen Anderson It was midnight when the None Queens set forth from the House of the Goddess. The moon was nearly full and a cold east wind whistled across the sacred isle - the sort of wind that rode with the souls of the dead. — When they reached the Stones, two of the Sisters helped Forsquilis to a place between the rough-hewn pillars. The others formed a cir... more »cle.
"Ishtar-Isis Belisama, have mercy on us," aged Quinipilis called out. "Taranis, embolden us. Lir, harden us. All Gods else, we invoke Your in the name of the Three, and cry unto you for the deliverance of Ys."
Then Quinipilis turned to the priestess between the Stones: "Forsquilis . . . How go you, what find you?"
"I go as an owl," the seeress answered, deep in trance. But she was puzzled, for below her there was only an ordinary soldiers' camp. Then she saw him - the man summoned by the Nine . . . the Roman who might defeat the despised King Colconor and become the next King of Ys.
Gaius Valerius Gratillonius had never been an ambitious man. Yet Maximus, Duke of the Britons, had sent him to Armorica ? to the mysterious city of Ys ? to keep western Gallia loyal or at least neutral, while the Duke made his bid for the purple. Should Maximus become Emperor, the centurion would be in an excellent position for advancement.
Gratillonious knew precious little about Ys, but he had heard many odd tales ? that the city was ruled by Nine witch queens . . . that the gods of Ys had made their city invincible. As Ys had grown increasingly remote over the centuries, the stories had become even more strange.
But for Gratillonious, whose fate was now tied to that of the fabled city, the truth was stranger still. . . . .« less