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  • Twilight's Dawn(Black Jewels,Book 9)(114) by Anne Bishop
  • Which Lucivar did a minute later, followed by Nurian.

    “Mother Night,” Nurian said as she rushed over to the slab. She reached out, her hands hovering over Sylvia’s ruined legs. “What happened?”

    Saetan put his arms around Sylvia, pressing her face against his shoulder. “You need to make a clean amputation, then force the healing to create a closed stump.”

    “But she’s . . .” Nurian swallowed hard, but she met Saetan’s eyes. “I don’t think it can be done when the flesh is no longer living.”

    “When it’s done within a few hours of dying, the body still remembers what it feels like to be alive and will respond.”

    Nurian looked at Sylvia’s Jewels and shook her head. “It would drain her beyond surviving.”

    “She’s just had fresh blood. That will sustain her and provide you with what you need to draw for the healing,” Saetan said.

    “Whose blood did you give her?” Lucivar asked.

    “Jaenelle’s.”

    “Half a vial?”

    “A whole vial.”

    Lucivar looked at Nurian. “Do it.You’ve got more than enough power to work with, so tap everything you need because you only get one chance at this kind of healing. If more blood is needed, I’ll supply it.”

    Holding Sylvia close, covering her face with one hand, Saetan watched Lucivar call in a small knife and efficiently cut away the trousers while Nurian began making the cleansing brews she would need.

    Lucivar studied the jagged bones and torn flesh, saying nothing, but Saetan had the impression those bones told his Eyrien son a great deal.

    There wouldn’t be pain, because the numbing spells would take care of that. Some discomfort, yes, because flesh so newly dead still remembered, and the potency of the blood he could provide for her would keep her close to the line that separated the dead from the living. At least for a little while.

    When Nurian was ready, Lucivar shifted Sylvia’s hips, straightening the legs. He pressed his hands on her thighs, holding her in place.

    She cried, and it ripped at Saetan’s heart. Lucivar’s body blocked most of her line of sight, but Saetan still covered her eyes so she wouldn’t get even a glimpse of Nurian’s work. And while he held her, he sent out a call to his other son.

    *Daemon. Daemon!*

    No answer.

    *Jaenelle!*

    No answer.

    *Surreal!*

    No answer. Which meant they weren’t at SaDiablo Hall or in Halaway. Or anywhere in that part of Kaeleer, for that matter. Of course, if they were riding the Winds, they couldn’t hear him.

    Swallowing a snarl of impatience, Saetan continued to wrap soothing spells around Sylvia until he felt her go limp. Laying her down, he smoothed the hair away from her face.

    Lucivar gave him a sharp look.

    “I did that,” Saetan said. “Her mind needs to rest. Lady Nurian, can you do without us for a few minutes?”

    “I’ll be fine,” Nurian said.

    He and Lucivar stepped out of the room and moved a few paces down the corridor.

    “A blast of power hit her knees, blowing them out and taking the lower part of her legs with them,” Lucivar said, keeping his voice low. “If she was shielded, whoever did this wore an Opal, a Green Jewel at the most.”

    “How can you tell?”

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