The Fractured Sky: The Empyrean Odyssey, Book II (Forgotten Realms)
Thomas M. Reid
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What brings a demon to the gates of heaven?
The half-fiend Kaanyr Vhok finally arrives at the destination he has sacrificed so much to achieve--he is in the heart of Celestia with his lover and consort, the succubus Aliisza. Only to find that the House of the Triad is falling apart, and he is bound by a vengeful Aliisza and a renegade angel into trying to save it--not exactly the goal he had in mind.
The second full-length novel in The Empyrean Odyssey, The Fractured Sky continues to follow War of the Spider Queen favorites Aliisza and Kaanyr Vhok as the pair of fiends struggle to escape the heart of a deeply troubled Celestia while bound to a particularly determined angel.
voices drift toward him, but their words were too soft to decipher. He watched them as they conversed. The dog-creatures exuded an aura of calmness, yet they never seemed to grow listless or distracted from watching their surroundings. He wondered how long they had been posted there, guarding that cave. One of the four, a female with white fur and stubby, triangular ears, stood up straighter and sniffed the air. She looked apprehensive, and Myshik grew very still as her eyes scanned the bushes
doorway winking out behind him. Finally, the woman raised her mace and shoved herself through the door. Zasian remained, watching. Kashada stole from her hiding place and slipped down the hall toward him, darting from shadow to shadow. No sounds issued from within the chamber beyond the door. Whatever was happening, someone had made sure through some means, magical or otherwise, that it didn’t rouse the rest of the hall. When she drew close, Kashada paused. She watched the priest, waiting for
well aware,” the deva began, “it’s been more than a decade since we—since I—lost track of Aliisza the alu. Her escape was remarkable, leaving her son, Kael, trapped in her body for the duration. He managed to adapt, learning to use her body’s innate magic in order to alter his physical form to his own, more familiar guise. Despite his heritage, you all know him now as a devout and loyal servant of Torm, a champion in combat, and a noble companion.” The angel paused and looked over at Kael, who
softly to Kaanyr, so no one else could hear. “Trust me; I know of what I speak.” “How could you stand it?” Kaanyr whispered. “How could you put up with his sneering, condescending arrogance?” So, he begins to understand at last, she thought, trying not to smirk. He finally sees how much he betrayed me. “You’d be surprised,” she said, staring pointedly at her lover. “I’ve had lots of practice.” Kaanyr caught her look and snorted, but she saw his faint smile nonetheless. He inclined his head at
imagine, he thought. It’s hardly the worst thing that will befall him, believe me. The alu bit her lip. “I can’t,” she said. “I can’t do that to him.” “You’d rather see him bring about this terrible crime? That’s almost like aiding Cyric yourself. You’d be no better than Zasian and Kashada.” He felt a tinge of guilt at suggesting that, but she had to see the consequences of her choices. “Is that what you want?” “Of course not!” “Then do this. For him, as well as for me. You have to know that