By Tamora Pierce
From Tamora Pierce, the second one publication within the track of the Lioness Quartet, commemorated with the Margaret A. Edwards Award.
Alanna, disguised as a boy, turns into a squire to none except the inheritor to the throne. Prince Jonathan is not just Alanna’s liege lord, he's additionally her top friend—and one of many few who is familiar with the key of her actual id. but if a vicious sorcerer threatens the prince’s lifestyles, it is going to take all of Alanna’s ability, energy, and magical strength to guard him, even on the chance of surrendering her desires…
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The younger males moved out of Gary’s approach, recognizing Alanna and grinning. Squire Alan’s reluctance to satisfy younger women used to be palace legend. Jonathan observed them and smiled, beckoning them ahead. “Gary, you stumbled on him. Alan, come the following. ” A royal command used to be a royal command. Alanna moved as much as stand beside the prince, yet she wasn’t chuffed approximately it. Seated on the middle of the cluster of fellows used to be a stunning woman with chestnut-colored hair. Alanna lifted an eyebrow. such a lot maidens at courtroom wore light colours or whites, yet this one used to be donning a low-cut eco-friendly silk gown. good, the colour did emphasize her vivid eco-friendly eyes as a lighter colour wouldn't. Jonathan was once bowing to the imaginative and prescient. “Lady Delia of Eldorne, I’d such as you to fulfill my own squire, Alan of Trebond. ” Alanna bowed and located herself provided with a dainty white hand. Blushing a bit, she brushed it along with her lips. by no means was once she extra conscious of her actual intercourse than at moments like those! She appeared up into Delia’s face, noting the pert little nostril and whole crimson lips. She’s a attractiveness, alright, Alanna learned. and she or he understands it. “Alan of Trebond,” Delia murmured, her voice mild and throaty. “I’ve heard of you, haven’t I? ” She tapped her rosy mouth along with her fan, soft darkish forehead conscientiously arched. Then she laughed merrily. “The ‘Squire’s squire! ’ and also you beat that dreadful knight from Tusaine. i believe that’s exciting! ” Alanna bowed courteously. “It was once not anything, woman Delia,” she murmured. “Oh, yet you’re being modest. I’m convinced no Tortallan thinks it was once ‘nothing’—do you, gents? ” Delia requested the bristlingly jealous knights round her. Alanna knew rather well that in the meanwhile her pals have been wishing that they had overwhelmed Dain, and that she was once a long way, distant. In that Alanna was once one with them. She didn’t like Delia, and she or he desired to go away. “Do you dance, Alan of Trebond? ” Delia requested now. Jonathan, grinning wickedly, responded, “Of direction he is aware how you can dance. He discovered the stairs as a web page, as did all of us. ” Alanna speedily resolved to place anything tender and squishy in her friend’s bed—very quickly. “And he used to be continuously stepping on someone’s feet,” Raoul muttered. Delia positioned her hand on Alanna’s arm, emerging gracefully from her chair. “I’m definite he dances fantastically now. ” She laughed. The Code of Chivalry was once very particular approximately moments like this. crimson as a beet, Alanna led Delia out onto the dance ground because the musicians struck up a waltz. She had by no means felt so ridiculous in her existence. Delia used to be even taller than she used to be! conscientiously Alanna whirled Delia round the flooring because the lady chattered approximately how sort everybody used to be, quite Prince Jonathan. She knew now she didn’t like Delia in any respect, and he or she felt very bizarre each time Delia complimented Jonathan. ultimately it was once over, and she or he lower back the younger noblewoman to her admirers. sturdy manners or no, she used to be going. Even the Chamber of the Ordeal needed to be greater than dancing with a green-eyed flirt. She ran into Myles on her means out. Her buddy was once worse for put on, to place it mildly. He toasted her along with his glass of brandy.