Aether of Night by Brandon Sanderson

Aether of Night by Brandon Sanderson

Author:Brandon Sanderson [Sanderson, Brandon]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Novela, Fantástico
Publisher: ePubLibre
Published: 2016-12-31T16:00:00+00:00

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The Forgotten crashed against the border wall—or, at least, their pieces did so as the mapkeepers moved them. The Forgotten slowed as they reached the fortification, bunching up against it like water pooling against a dam.

Well, Raeth thought, at least they can’t pass right through it. He waited, sweat trickling down his brow, as the Forgotten progressed. Despite his position as battle commander, there was relatively little he could do until the creatures forced him to react. He’d ordered the archers retreat a few moments before. Now he could only watch and hope his plan worked.

Light flashed from the Sending platform, and every quiet head in the room snapped toward it.

“They’re jumping!” the messenger exclaimed. “The creatures are jumping—they’re leaping right up onto the top of the wall.”

Raeth let out a held-breath. He’d been right. He’d been wrong about the method, but he’d still been right. If there had been men on top of that wall, they would have been quickly overwhelmed. His suspicion was confirmed as another messenger appeared and gave directions to the mapkeepers. In seconds, the top of the wall was flooded with Forgotten.

“Tell the men to hold their position!” Raeth told the messenger. “They aren’t to attack until the Forgotten have begun to jump down from the wall. Under no circumstances are they to try and take the wall back.”

“Yes, sir!” the messenger said, then disappeared.

Raeth ground his teeth as he waited for further information. The first part of his plan had worked. Would the second? Could they really pin the creatures against the wall? If there was no space for the Forgotten to descend, the men could fight them in small groups, neutralizing the creatures’ number advantage.

Updates continued, and the plan set into motion. Raeth’s troops rushed forward, pinning a group of Forgotten against the wall, stopping their flow. It was working.

Then Raeth noticed something. Large groups of Forgotten were pooling at the very edges of the wall for some reason. He hadn’t noticed them at first—he’d been to focused on the main group. But, something about their formation bothered him. It was almost as if they were…

Raeth’s eyes opened wide. “No!” he yelled in the quiet room, causing Senators to jump. Even as he spoke, the mapkeepers moved a group of Forgotten down from the side wall—right next to the High Aedin troops.

“Tell the High Aedin not to engage!” Raeth snapped. “I want them to retreat, right now. Bring the Mahallen horsemen in to plug that group on the far right.”

However, another group trooped down on the far left, next to the other group of High Aedin. Seconds later, Raeth realize he’d been duped. The first Forgotten had attacked his fake High Aedin, but the bulk of the army was flowing to the sides, moving incredibly quick.

How did they know? Raeth thought with frustration. They lined up that way from the beginning—as if they knew what was on the other side of the wall…

His messenger scampered away, but Raeth already knew he was going to be too late.


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