By Kit Whitfield
In the course of a time of serious upheaval, the electorate of Venice make a pact that would switch the area. The landsmen of the town dealer a treaty with a water-dwelling tribe of deepsmen, cementing the alliance via marriage. The mingling of the 2 races produces a clean, peerless pressure of royal blood. to guard their shorelines, different countries make their very own partnerships with this new breed–and then, jealous in their energy, ban from now on unions among the 2 peoples. Dalliance with a deepswoman turns into punishable by means of demise. Any “bastard” baby needs to be destroyed.
This is an Earth the place the legends of the deep are true–where the folks of the sea are as genuine and as harmful because the humans of the land. this is often the realm of intrigue and betrayal that equipment Whitfield brings to existence in an unforgettable exchange heritage: the story of Anne, the youngest princess of a faltering England, suffering to outlive in a courtroom, and Henry, a bastard deserted at the shore to stand his bewildering future, discovering himself a pawn in a online game he doesn't understand.
Yet even a pawn may perhaps checkmate a king.
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The shiny surface and round shape caught Henry’s attention: sea urchins were round, and fish eyes, and in this boxed-in world, it was a fascinating sight. Desire for something not dull and square overcame Henry’s determination to ignore his lesson, and he reached out for it. “Crown,” the red man said, as Henry played with the circle in his lap. “Crown. ” Henry licked at the metal. It had an unfamiliar non-taste, no strong smell. Light glimmered off it like sunlight on waves. “Crown. ” Red hands reached into his lap.
They recited, and you picked it up as you went along; no one was stupid enough to say a single, pointless word over and over. “Staff,” the man said again. ” Henry looked out of the window. The sky reached up above him, fading into blue like the depths of the ocean, but bright enough to hurt his eyes. Something flew past, and that caught his attention: a creature that could swim in the air. He shuffled to the window to watch it. “Staff,” the red man said, proffering the sticks. “Staff, Henry. ” Henry was not about to beg for the staff if it meant accepting the sounds.
Above the water when he surfaced to breathe he had seen further, but focusing on anything more than ten yards away was an effort that made his head ache and his eyes waver, sometimes distorting his vision for minutes at a time. Whistle was to stay in this room for a long time. He saw no one but the red man who had brought him from the beach. The confinement was maddening; after ranging over wide miles of sea, free to swim off in every direction, the rigid walls and weighty, earth-bound gravity drove the child to rages of impatience.
In Great Waters by Kit Whitfield