By Andre Norton
As soon as the Wind united the Valley with the woodland, enveloping them within the most powerful of magics. It was once a union that persevered while the Darkness got here, and during it the land used to be preserved and the evil banished. The creatures of the woodland then retreated into their hidden glades, vanishing into the mists of legend. And the folk of the Valley, blessed having the ability to pay attention the key messages emitted via all dwelling issues, settled in to farm their lands. And so there has been peace for lots of centuries ... until eventually the darkish returned.A student-mage -- a thief of sinister scraps of data stolen from the traditional halls of studying -- seeks to enslave the Valley and ruin the woodland. To this finish, the sorcerer has sundered a kin, sending a mom and her boy or girl girl-child fleeing into the woods whereas keeping the babe's dual -- a boy -- captive in a black tower, for use in later years to extra the mage's base objectives of wicked domination. the mummy dies however the lady survives, and is followed by way of the unusual and elusive denizens of the woodland, secure from the sorcerer's impact, she grows to younger womanhood, cultivating the adored ability that has now been denied the others of her style: the power to really listen the sounds of her world.But her destiny may be fraught with trial and terror, for under she will be able to spoil the chains that shackle the Valley and its population. Hers is a future to worry, but one who must never be shirked-even because it impels her towards dread confrontations with sorcerer and demon minions. and it'll strength her to oppose the single she needs to overcome and unfastened: the magician's protege and her strongest adversary. Her bane, her blood.Her brother.
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