The Ringed Castle (2011)

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He found her in the room where they had been sitting, replacing in its box the blue and gold oblong of the child Ivan’s Mernaya. She said, without looking round, ‘Were you content?’ ‘Heliogabalus,’ L...ymond said, ‘would have had the banquet spoons engraved with the lot of each guest. Ten pounds of gold or else ten pounds of lead. Ten flies or ten dromedaries.… It did, I think, all that was required.’ Güzel closed the box and moving back, leaned on the carved golden back of a chair. ‘I have a feeling,’ she said, ‘that Master Best has marched off to rouse the rabble to storm the homes of the decadent.’ ‘He won’t get far,’ said Lymond peacefully. ‘The rabble live in small villages separated by miles of unamenable forest, and have never been instructed in the art of storming, or even of resisting unfriendly invaders.’ ‘But you are teaching them,’ Güzel said. ‘From all those forts you and Plummer have created, you are teaching them.’ ‘The land must be defended,’ Lymond said.MoreLess
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