By Jane Fletcher

When you are brief on acquaintances and lengthy on enemies, issues cannot get a lot worse. until eventually they do... Ranger Riki Sadiq can be a troublemaker, and within the shut knit heretic neighborhood, a foul identify is difficult to lose. status sentry responsibility on a winter's day, all she will see mendacity forward is a day of being chilly, depressing, and bored. Her temper is not helped through planned goading from those people who are speculated to be operating together with her. on the other hand, retaliating in sort isn't really one in all Riki's higher rules. while Riki is dispatched to Westernfort for one final probability within the Rangers, the antagonistic reception ability her record of enemies has turn into nonetheless longer, and major candidate to move the record is her new patrol corporal, Tanya Coppelli. it really is hate in the beginning sight. the way in which Riki sees it, Tanya can have attractiveness, expertise and sharp wits, yet is that any cause to love her? although, if Riki yet knew it, difficulty of a perilous type is heading her method. With their lives at stake, Riki and Tanya must conquer the mutual antagonism and learn how to interact. one other motion packed adventure/romance within the Celaeno sequence, a 2005 Lambda Literary Award Finalist.

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She ran her thumb over the rough edge. ” Rikako’s expression remained defiant. “It’s getting to the stage where you’d think about it. ” “Sergeant Baptiste ordered you to get your kit ready. The time for everything was this afternoon. ” “It’s only—” Tanya cut her off. “This is not a debate. You were given the order to come down here and get your kit ready. You didn’t come down here and your kit isn’t ready. A lame horse risks the safety of the whole patrol. You disobeyed a direct order. ” Tanya was furious, but kept her tone low and brisk.

She had accepted the promotion. She had to do the job. Tanya took a mouthful of beer and tried to force her mind back onto the tale of Dani’s glove. ❖ Sergeant Baptiste strode into the barrack room. “Okay. ” Lunch had just finished, and archery practice was scheduled for that afternoon. Riki had been taking her bow from her locker. She glanced over her shoulder. Around the room, the Rangers stopped their preparations and looked expectantly at the sergeant, waiting for her to continue. Riki put her bow back and shut the locker door.

Rikako had gone to the stores, clearly angry, and now they were on fire. Would she have started it deliberately? According to her record, she had done it once before. Tanya pushed the idea aside. Rikako had been a young teenager then. Surely she was no longer so immature or malicious. In the upper valley, people were converging on the blazing building. The breeze whipped smoke and sparks around the central yard. Flames erupted through the open door, twisting and snapping against the darkening sky.

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