Notable & Quotable

I hope this week’s newsletter finds you all well. The winners of the FREE download of Bloom of Blood & Bone have been notified by email.  If you didn’t win, you can still apply for a FREE review copy below.  This week’s Notable & Quotable comes Bloom of Blood & Bone, which only seems appropriate.
            “You have not been listening,” A’Ilys said.  “Our way is patient.  Our way is attrition.  We have centuries to master our techniques, whereas you surface dwellers live a few hundred years at the most.  We have no need to take risks and hurry battle.  Our way is to wear down.  Our way is to gradually weaken.  The drow fight in such a way that the actions of one limb conceal the actions of another.  While one hand is parrying or feigning a thrust, the other is preparing the actual strike.  On the battlefield or in a lord’s court, you must learn to use the Hidden Hand.  You would have seen a thrust to your eye or slash to your neck.  You might have even seen a thrust for your exposed shoulder cavity.  However, your arm blocked your view of my actual strike.  If an intended strike can be seen, it can be countered.  Had that been a cut to your arm, you would begin to lose strength in it.  You would be fighting against time, needing to end the battle before you bled to death.  You may be wondering if our style is better than your own.  In answer, I offer the fact that a Silver Helm, formerly a lord of the Tarborat front, now fetches my wine.”

You can find an ever-growing glossary and geographic guide on our website here;  You can also find a few spoilers such as the lineage of kingdoms, the Code of the Cavalier, and so on.   

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As to life here in our little corner of the world, we are all doing well. We taught our exchange students (Kaya from Denmark on the right, Mia from Germany on the left) how to drive our 4-wheeler this past week.  They LOVE it!  Pinker was a little upset with me that I did not also teach her how to drive it.

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Until next time, ‘Crush your Enemies!’

Published by RJ Hanson

Author of the Heirs of Vanity and Lords of Order and Chaos series. Just two series is the over all epic fantasy tale Bloodlines Reforged #bloodlines

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