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By Marion Zimmer Bradley

Mixing archaeological truth and legend, the myths of the gods and the feats of heroes, Marion Zimmer Bradley breathes new existence into the vintage story of the Trojan War-reinventing larger-than-life figures as residing humans engaged in a determined fight that dooms either the victors and the vanquished, their destiny noticeable in the course of the eyes of Kassandra-priestess, princess, and passionate lady with the spirit of a warrior.

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Oh, it's a boy,” she stated. “You may have an exceptional robust boy, and you'll stay to lead him towards manhood. . . . ” “Your phrases supply me extra courage,” Andromache stated, and Kassandra felt a seize in her throat, remembering the fires which were all she may perhaps see at Andromache’s marriage ceremony. probably, she suggestion, it used to be insanity in spite of everything and never actual prophecy; this can be what my mom believed. i might otherwise be mad than think, during this quiet position less than those peaceable stars, that fireside and catastrophe will fall on all of those i admire. “Kassandra, you're having a pipe dream back; come and support us undress the bride,” demanded Andromache. “We can't undo those knots you've gotten tied into Creusa’s hair. ” “I am coming,” Kassandra acknowledged speedy, and went to aid the opposite ladies at making her part sister prepared for her husband’s coming. With all her middle she used to be completely satisfied she had foreseen for them no catastrophe. 20 in spite of everything the noise and pleasure of the marriage the home of the God appeared much more silent and peaceable, extra separated from the disturbances of normal existence. Ten days after Creusa’s marriage ceremony, Kassandra was once summoned back to a party on the palace: for the delivery of a son to Hector and Andromache, Priam’s first grandson. “But it's not Priam’s first grandson,” Kassandra stated. “There is Oenone’s son by means of Paris. ” “That’s as could be,” the messenger stated, “but Priam chooses to name Hector’s son his first grandson, and so far as i do know, the King has the ideal to settle on whom he’ll identify his subsequent inheritor after Prince Hector. ” This used to be actual; yet, Kassandra inspiration, it was once demanding on Oenone to determine her son omitted as used to be his father. She had come to treasure the peace and calm of the Temple and resented something which broke into it, yet she bought go away to pay a trip to Andromache. She stumbled on her within the tricky suite with the work of art of sea-creatures, sitting propped up on pillows, the small red-faced child in a wicker basket at her part. She seemed fit and blooming, with a great colour in her cheeks, and Kassandra used to be relieved; such a lot of ladies died in childbirth or quickly after, yet Andromache seemed relatively good. “What is all this nonsense approximately Hector’s son? ” she requested, merely part joking. “It was once you who went to the difficulty of sporting him for the easiest a part of a yr, and also you who went via all of the soreness and fuss of birthing him. i might name him Andromache’s son! ” Andromache grimaced, then giggled. “Maybe you will have the easiest of it, being sworn to the God and forbidden to males! in spite of everything that, i'm in no hurry to welcome Hector again to my mattress. Childbirth is a much-overrated hobby; i might as quickly wait many years sooner than I try out it back. they usually say girls are too fragile to deal with guns for worry of wounds? i ponder how courageous my pricey Hector could were during this conflict! ” Then she chuckled. “Can’t you pay attention it now? —we switch the entire customs, and bards will make ballads concerning the bravery of Hecuba, mom of Hector! good, and why no longer? —she has triumphed in that conflict at the least a dozen instances, this means that she has extra bravery than I ever wish to have!

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