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  • The Invisible Ring(Black Jewels,Book 4)(119) by Anne Bishop
  • Maryk swallowed carefully. They both knew what could happen to males when Dorothea was annoyed.

    “I understand, Lord Krelis. Is there anything that will require special attention?”

    Krelis shook his head. “You have the assignment roster. I’ve been informed of nothing else.”

    “Then, may the Darkness grant you a safe and speedy journey.”

    Yes, Krelis thought, as Maryk escorted him to the landing place. The guards—especially the First Circle guards— might despise him, but they’d rather have him standing between them and the High Priestess of Hayll than nothing at all. And not one of them would envy him this journey.

    Krelis didn’t bother to knock before he opened the door of the small receiving room. Men didn’t have to extend any kind of courtesy to pleasure slaves. Even this one. Besides, he’d already used up his courtesy on the pouty Queen who ruled this forsaken Province. Hell’s fire! What had the High Priestess been thinking of to loan the Sadist to a witch who’d had half of her brains bred out of her?

    Daemon Sadi stood with his back to the door, looking out a window.

    Krelis closed the door hard enough to make anyone else jump. Daemon didn’t even twitch.

    “Sadi,” Krelis said, coming into the room far enough to see the beautiful face in profile.

    “Lord Krelis.”

    The boredom in that deep voice grated on Krelis’s nerves. That Sadi didn’t bother to look at him grated even more.

    Krelis’s hands curled into fists. “Do you know why I’m here?”


    If Sadi’s voice and face were any gauge to measure by, he also didn’t care.

    “It seems your Lady grants you a lot of liberties,” Krelis said.

    “She has a low threshold for pain.”

    Not knowing how to respond to that, Krelis said nothing for a minute. “You were seen at a traveler’s inn a couple of days ago.”

    “Was I?”

    “You met a Red-Jeweled Shalador Warlord named Jared there.”

    “Did I?”

    “Did you arrange to meet him?”

    “That would have required effort. He’s not that interesting.”

    “After he rented a room, he wasn’t seen again. You left the common room shortly after he arrived and weren’t seen again either.”

    “It appears someone else was as bored as I was if keeping track of everyone else’s movements was the best entertainment available.”

    Krelis clenched his teeth. “You met with him. Why?”

    “We were in the same court a few years ago. When he showed up at the inn, having dinner together seemed like a way to pass some time.”

    “What did you talk about?”

    “Nothing interesting enough to remember.”

    “Was there a woman with him? A witch?”

    “I’d gone to that hovel to get away from the stink of witches. I wouldn’t have stayed in the room if one of them had been present.”

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