Shadow Dance

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In 1853, on an island near Indonesia, a 14 year-old girl is selected to unite her nation. In seven years, Starling Agara will marry the nation's prince, joining her country's opposing factions. At the wedding, however, the king's opponents kill nearly everyone. For the next year, Starling traverses her nation, gaining the throne by living the fantastic rituals that previously were only myths. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781466173118
About H. C. Turk

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Shadow Dance excerpt
In this scene, the bad guy (Kelada) is stalking Starling, as he does for seven years. Here, he only sees her footprints, but remembers when he first viewed her, during an assassination attempt. In those seven years, he never sees her face, not even when she turns to him the moment before he dies.

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