By Tanith Lee
"A mattress of Earth" is a haunting trip to a parallel model of sixteenth-century Venice, the place a fierce territorial contention among noble households finds a supernatural strength from underneath the placid floor of the canals and rotting understructure of town.
The fight among the 2 households for house at the Isle of the useless, the overcrowded burial flooring for generations of Venetian the Aristocracy, boils over and a fourteen-year-old lady is pressured to pay the last word expense. because the years cross on, events complicit in her disappearance start to undergo the results in a sequence of stunning deaths. A humble apprentice gravedigger is left to tackle the mysteries and subdue the traditional terror that threatens to break the whole republic.
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Only weathered, illegible remnants of carving remained on the massive stones, mutely recalling the lost glories of storied Coremanda. A few wagons trundled by in sight of the arch, along the Tar Valon Road, and folk afoot shielded their eyes from dust raised by hooves and wagon wheels and driven by the wind. Most had no idea where they were going, only that the world seemed to turn somersaults, all order ending where it was not gone already. Fear drove some on, while others were drawn by something they could not quite see and did not understand, and most of them were afraid, too.
Somehow. ” Aram grimaced as if he might spit. “Well, it isn’t a decent way. ” There were Aiel all over the place, of course. Tall, aloof men in grays and browns and greens, their only bit of color the scarlet strip of cloth tied around their temples, with the black-and-white disc on their foreheads. Siswai’aman, they called themselves. Sometimes that word tickled the edge of his memory, like a word he should know. Ask one of the Aielmen, and he looked as if you had babbled nonsense. But then, they ignored the strips of cloth, too.
A sad day, Master Balwer,” Asunawa intoned, his voice sorrowful iron. ” Not an advance on the truth; Niall’s chest no longer moved, and killing him had been treason. ” Balwer gave a start and began dry-washing his hands. The birdlike fellow made Valda itch. ” He disliked useless people, and the scribbler was the very form of uselessness. “Carry this message to each Lord Captain in the Fortress. ” His first act on being named Lord Captain Commander would be to boot the dried-up little man out of the Fortress, boot him so far he bounced twice, and choose a secretary who did not twitch.