Black Arrow (Sugawara Akitada, Book 3) by I. J. Parker

By I. J. Parker

In I. J. Parker's most up-to-date secret set in historic Japan, a chilly and opposed land pits Akitada opposed to his deadliest foe yet

I. J. Parker's engrossing historic novels carry eleventh-century Japan to lifestyles in all its colourful, treacherous glory. As Black Arrow opens, Sugawara Akitada assumes his new submit as provisional governor of Echigo, a frigid province within the a long way north infamous for its hostility to outsiders. however the snow that threatens to totally isolate the area is the least of his problems-which contain a neighborhood rebellion, a chain of brutal murders, and a secret that's as outdated because the frozen hills and much more risky. fantastically written and wealthy in interval element, Black Arrow is one other bravura functionality from a grasp of the historic mystery.

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I’m going to France! France! ” she shouted. “I’m going to live in a castle! Castle! Castle! ” she asked the portrait of Bia. ” Caitlyn dropped onto the mattress, rolled onto her back, and kicked her feet in the air like a manic puppy. She read the letter yet again, then lay it over her face and closed her eyes, savoring the moment of pure happiness. She was leaving Spring Creek. Against all odds, she’d received her Get Out of Jail Free card. She sent an enormous thank-you out into the universe, to whatever force had guided the Fortune School to send her that initial e-mail.

She could feel the warmth of his closeness and smell the hint of a spicy scent on his skin. His knee bumped hers, and she felt an awareness of his presence tingle over her body. She lost herself in the deep hazel of his eyes, where the flame of the candle flickered. As if moved by a force beyond herself, Caitlyn lifted her hand and reached toward his face. A spark of surprise touched his eyes, but he didn’t move away as she lightly touched his cheek. His skin was soft as velvet. Her lips parted on a breath, and she stroked his cheek, feeling the sharp prickle of whiskers roughening his jaw.

As they, too, melted away, vanishing like a vision, she looked forward and saw a field bisected by a column of Roman soldiers marching down a stone road, their leather-clad feet slapping the ground in drumlike rhythm. Their stone road sank away beneath green vegetation, taking the soldiers with it. A herd of strangely horned, enormous cattle grazed in their place beneath a sun that baked Caitlyn’s skin, and when they as well faded away to nothing, Caitlyn felt a chill run over her body, and the landscape turned to blowing snow as far as she could see, as if an ice age had swallowed the land.

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