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Publisher's Summary

There is a cancer at the heart of the mighty Cerani Empire: a plague that marks each victim with a fragment of a greater design. Geometric patterns spread across the skin, until the victim dies in agony or becomes a Carrier, doing the bidding of an evil intelligence. The lost prince Sarmin, the emperor's only surviving brother, lies locked in a hidden room. As the pattern draws closer to the palace he is at last remembered: now he awaits a bride, Mesema, a Windreader from the northern plains.
She is accustomed to riding free across the grasslands and finds the Imperial Court stifling, but she soon realizes the politicking is not a game. It is deadly earnest. Eyul, the imperial assassin, is burdened by the atrocities he has committed. As commanded, he bears the emperor's Knife to the desert in search of a cure for the pattern-markings.
As long-planned conspiracies boil over into open violence, the enemy moves towards victory. Now only three people stand in his way: a lost prince, a world-weary killer, and a young girl from the steppes who saw a path in a pattern once, among the waving grasses.
©2011 Mazarkis Williams (P)2013 Audible Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By visser8806 on 05-22-18

to jumpy

it bounced around too much you're paying attention to six different characters it was almost too hard to pay attention

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1 out of 5 stars
By Tarun on 09-28-15

Unable to listen

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narrator is so bad that I can't understand what he was reading . No difference in how the chraracters talk . no pause between scenes , no intonation or sense of occaision during the narration. If the narrator sounds bored how is the listener supposed to be engaged ?

What was most disappointing about Mazarkis Williams’s story?

I don't know because the narration was so bad I couldn't understand what was going on.

How could the performance have been better?

Change the narrator ?

Any additional comments?

Very disappointing. I wanted to read this book but an struggling to get thru it.

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