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The only land route out of Barokan was that path up the cliff to the Uplands. Escape by sea might be possible, but Sword was no sailor, and knew nothing of where he might find a ship, or where it might take him; he preferred to stay on solid ground. He had doubled back to Winterhome because it was the last place the Wizard Lord’s men would expect to find him, and because it was the only way to the Uplands.
Slipping into the town had been surprisingly easy.
It shouldn’t have been.
After all, Artilim Salthir, Lord of Winterhome, surely knew that Sword intended
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Lawrence Watt-Evans has written more than a dozen fantasy novels. He lives in Maryland.