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  • Heir to the Shadows(Black Jewels,Book 2)(125) by Anne Bishop
  • "And he iss sstill sstanding?" Draca sounded approving.

    Lucivar would have appreciated her approval more if his legs weren't shaking so badly.

    "We have guestss. Sscholarss. You will wissh to dine privately?"

    "Yes, thank you," Jaenelle said.

    Draca stepped aside, moving with careful, ancient grace. "I will let you continue your journey." She stared at Lucivar again. "Welcome, Prince Yasslana."

    Jaenelle led him down another maze of corridors. "There's someone else I want you to meet. By then, Draca will have a guest room ready for you, one with a whirl-bath. It'll be good for those tight leg muscles." She studied his face. "Did she intimidate you?"

    He'd promised honesty. "Yes."

    Jaenelle shook her head, baffled. "Everyone says that. I don't understand. She's a marvelous person when you get to know her."

    He glanced at the Black Jewel hanging above the V neckline of her slim, black tunic-sweater and decided against trying to explain it.

    After another flight of stairs and several twists and turns, Jaenelle finally stopped in front of a door. He sincerely hoped their destination was behind it. A door stood open at the end of the corridor. Voices drifted out of the room, enthusiastic and hot, but not angry. Must be the scholars.

    Ignoring the voices, Jaenelle opened the door, and they stepped into part of the Keep's library. A large blackwood

    table filled one side of the room. At the other end were comfortable chairs and small tables. The back wall was a series of large arches. Beyond them, stacks of reference books stretched out of sight. The arch on the far right was fitted with a wooden door.

    "The rest of the library is general reference, Craft, folklore, and history," Jaenelle said. "Things anyone can come and use. These rooms contain the older reference material, the more esoteric Craft texts, and the Blood registers, and can only be used with Geoffrey's permission."

    "Geoffrey?"

    "Yes?" said a quiet baritone voice.

    He was the palest man Lucivar had ever seen. Skin like polished marble combined with black hair, black eyes, black clothes, and deep red lips that looked inviting in an unnerving sort of way. But there was something strange about his psychic scent, something inexplicably different. Almost as if the man weren't ...

    Guardian.

    The word slammed into Lucivar, freezing his lungs.

    Guardian. One of the living dead.

    Jaenelle made the introductions. Then she smiled at Geoffrey. "Why don't you get acquainted? There's something I want to look up."

    Geoffrey looked pained. "At least tell me the name of the volume before you leave. The last time I couldn't tell your father where you 'looked something up,' he treated me to some eloquent phrases that would have made me blush if I was still capable of doing it."

    Jaenelle patted Geoffrey's shoulder and kissed his cheek. "I'll bring the book out and even mark the page for you."

    "So kind of you."

    Laughing, Jaenelle disappeared into the stacks.

    Geoffrey turned to Lucivar. "So. You've finally come."

    Why did they make him feel like he'd kept them waiting?

    Geoffrey lifted a decanter. "Would you like some yarbarah? Or some other refreshment?"

    With some effort, Lucivar found his voice. "Yarbarah's fine."

    "Have you ever drunk yarbarah?" Geoffrey asked drolly.

    "It's drunk during some Eyrien ceremonies." Of course, the cup used for those ceremonies held a mouthful of the blood wine. Geoffrey, he noted apprehensively, was filling and warming two wineglasses.

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