The Skybound Sea
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After the misadventures of the first two books Lenk and his companions must finally turn away from fighting each other and for their own survival and look to saving the entire human race. A terrible demon has risen from beneath the sea and where it came from thousands could follow. And all the while an alien race is planning the extinction of humanity. The third volume in the Aeon's Gate trilogy widens the action out dramatically. TOME OF THE UNDERGATES was based mainly on a ship, BLACK HALO moved the action to an island of bones, THE SKYBOUND SEA takes us out into a world threatened with a uniquely imagined and terrifying apocalypse.
Published 2012 by Pyr®, an imprint of Prometheus Books The Skybound Sea. Copyright © 2012 by Sam Sykes. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, digital, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, or conveyed via the Internet or a website without prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. Cover
that? I’d really hate to get in the middle of you nurturing your philosophical erections.” She looked and spoke flatly at him. “So, can you just not answer questions normally or . . .” “Fine, if you’re going to be that way,” Denaos muttered, hefting off the rucksack and emptying it onto the sand. “At my insistence, our scaly friends have seen fit to allow us to look at their stockpiles to see if there’s anything we can use.” “They have stockpiles?” Dreadaeleon asked, looking surprised. “But
The water trembled as though scolded and slid away from his hand. “She chose this as her seat, to defy the Sea Mother. And we chose it as her prison for the same reason. This water remembers her. It remembers what she did.” He extended his fingers to the water once more. They obliged, warily, reaching up to touch the exposed bone claws of his worn tips. “They called us slaves from this water. Us, the children of the Sea Mother. And when we no longer called them masters, we sent them back to
and strong. He could feel the disease burning away, the weakness sweeping into the stones upon the crown and being carried to someone else. Dreadaeleon felt strong. Impossibly strong. And this would have come with such impossible relief had he been able to disregard the screaming. “They won’t stop, will they?” Sheraptus was still smiling when Dreadaeleon turned upon him. Despite the fact that his eyes were a pale white and his body was fragile and weak, the longface was still beaming as
scraping furiously against the floor as she tried to back away. “NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!” “Wait! WAIT!” Asper called after him. “This isn’t what I meant! This isn’t what you—” “It is,” Sheraptus said softly. “It makes perfect sense. Why would gods come unless called? Unless the need was great?” “I didn’t do anything!” Nai wailed. The cloth of her slippers wore through in a moment and soon, she was painting the floor with her blood as her feet desperately scrabbled. “I didn’t. I DIDN’T! I’ve been