By Robert Jackson Bennett
Years in the past, the town of Bulikov wielded the powers of the Gods to overcome the realm. yet after its divine protectors have been mysteriously killed, the conqueror has develop into the conquered; the city's proud background has been erased and censored, growth has left it at the back of, and it's only one other colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical strength. Into this musty, backward urban steps Shara Thivani. formally, the quiet girl is simply one other lowly diplomat despatched via Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, Shara is one in all her country's so much comprehensive spymasters — dispatched to enquire the brutal homicide of a probably risk free historian. As Shara pursues the secret throughout the ever-shifting actual and political geography of the town, she starts off to suspect that the beings who as soon as secure Bulikov will not be as lifeless as they appear — and that her personal talents can be touched through the divine besides.
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The greenshirties were all over him then, kicking and hitting him. Brieﬂy, it came to Will that, if he were included among their number, there were thirteen present and engaged upon a single action. We are a coven, he thought, and I the random sacriﬁce, who is worshiped with kicks and blows. Then there was nothing but his suffering and the rage that rose up within him, so strong that though it could not weaken the pain, yet it drowned out the fear he should have felt on realizing that he was going to die.
Then, coldly, she said. ” Her expression when she said this was so disdainful that Will felt an impulse to peel off his trousers as well, throw them in her face for her insolence, and command her to wash them for a penance. But with the thought came also an awareness of Big Red Margotty’s ﬁrm, pink ﬂesh, of her ample breasts and womanly haunches. He felt his lesser self swelling to ﬁll out his trousers and make them bulge. This too Big Red Margotty saw, and the look of casual scorn she gave him then made Will burn with humiliation.
His eyes were a vivid and startling leaf-green. In all respects but one, his body was as perfect as ever it had been. But that one exception made the women sigh unhappily for his sake. One leg was missing, from above the knee down. “The Earth has taken her tithe,” one old woman observed sagely. “There was not enough left of the leg to save,” said another. “It’s a pity,” said a third. They all withdrew from the hut, leaving Will and Puck alone together. For a long time Puck did nothing but stare wonderingly at his stump of a leg.
City of Stairs (The Divine Cities, Book 1) by Robert Jackson Bennett