The Land of Night [Scarlet and the White Wolf Book 3] [NOOK Book]

Overview

Struggling to come to terms with his new life in Rshan na Ostre, young Scarlet is trying to find his place in a decadent, foreign society that bears an ancient hatred for all Hilurin. As Liall is pulled away from Scarlet and into the jaded intrigues of a royal court, the young pedlar wonders if they've made a terrible mistake in journeying to Rshan. Each passing day, Liall seems more like a stranger, more like one of the haughty Rshani nobility and less like the bandit leader Scarlet knew in Byzantur. As Liall ...
See more details below
The Land of Night [Scarlet and the White Wolf Book 3]

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$6.99
BN.com price
(Save 12%)$7.99 List Price

Overview

Struggling to come to terms with his new life in Rshan na Ostre, young Scarlet is trying to find his place in a decadent, foreign society that bears an ancient hatred for all Hilurin. As Liall is pulled away from Scarlet and into the jaded intrigues of a royal court, the young pedlar wonders if they've made a terrible mistake in journeying to Rshan. Each passing day, Liall seems more like a stranger, more like one of the haughty Rshani nobility and less like the bandit leader Scarlet knew in Byzantur. As Liall contends with the aristocracy to uphold his fourteen-year-old brother's claim to the throne, an infinitely more dangerous enemy draws nearer, determined to part the lovers forever.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000112519
  • Publisher: Torquere Press
  • Publication date: 4/10/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 240,115
  • File size: 535 KB

Read an Excerpt

Scarlet was dreaming.

Sounds entered his sleep: the slow crackling of the fire in the hearth, the tiny clink of glass from the kitchen, the sibilant voices of the servants nearby. They twined in and out of his unchained mind, weaving visions of their own in passing. The clink of glass was the sound of a diamond tumbling from Queen Nadiushka's crown. The voices became the whispers of the Rshani courtiers and their women as they stared, their pale blue eyes filled with curiosity and malice. The crackle of the fire became less random, more measured, the tramp of boots, a march, an army...

Scarlet awoke in a bed of silk, surrounded by veils of gauzy material draped over the bed's massive wooden frame. The heavy velvet bed-curtains had been drawn back, leaving only the inner veils. A crystal lamp like a large, hollowed sapphire burned low in the room beyond, casting deep blue shadows in the corners. Scarlet sat up, pushing the covers away as he tilted his head, listening.

He was a slight young man, a Hilurin by birth, and bearing the beauty of that race, with his silken black hair, his jet-black eyes, and his pale skin. His mouth was a dusky rose, pursed sleepily, and his eyes were heavy and drowsy. Another mark Scarlet bore that set him apart from the race of giants he now found himself surrounded by: he was marked for luck, born with only four fingers on his left hand, a sign of Deva's favor.

Scarlet slid naked from the bed. His feet sank into soft carpeting as he padded soundlessly to the casement and pushed aside the heavy woolen draperies to look down at the ward far below. Unlike the common room of this suite, the bedroom afforded a view of the inner wardof the Nauhinir Palace, and he could see a double column of many soldiers marching from an arch to the north, crossing the ward as they made for the outer gate that Scarlet had glimpsed last night. It was snowing lightly over the icy landscape, and all was shrouded in that blue twilight that Scarlet still mistook for evening. He was in Rshan na Ostre, the Land of Night.

Look at them all, he thought. Where can they be going in this weather? Surely not to war?

At the head of the column, riding a black horse and carrying a long blue banner that glittered with silver, was a magnificent woman. The Rshani warrior wore heavy armor beneath a blue cloak, and her pale hair was unbound and trailed behind her like a flag. She wheeled her horse around and looked up at the castle, seeming to stare right at him. Scarlet gasped and watched, spellbound, as the woman looked long and searchingly at the casement, and then finally, seeming not to find what she sought, turned and spurred her horse to the head of the column.

Scarlet found he could breathe again, and he exhaled slowly as the stream of horses and soldiers continued to flow out of the palace. A sound behind him made him jump and scamper back for the bed. Just in time, too, for Nenos, Liall's aged and kindly servant, was in the doorway: competent, polite, and oblivious to nudity. Scarlet's face burned with embarrassment. Of course, Nenos had heard them last night. Liall, in particular, was not shy at all about making noise during loveplay.

Or showing off his body, Scarlet thought resentfully, remembering how Liall had climbed naked from the bath in front of all those handsome servants. Now Nenos stood gazing at Scarlet with a knowing expression, smiling slightly and bowing before he departed, probably to bring che, which was custom here as well as in Scarlet's own country of Byzantur.

Scarlet flopped back on the bed and stretched, remembering last night and Liall's hands on him and his mouth and gods, where was a word for it? He had heard stories, but who could have told him that Liall would make him feel so lost inside his own skin? In bed with Liall, Scarlet had felt himself becoming transparent, and he had finally reasoned out why some called it taking. Even with the bed empty and his eyes open, Scarlet could still feel Liall with him. The man had settled inside him like a seed, and for a mad moment, Scarlet wondered seriously if there was room enough in his spirit for someone like Liall: a man who had so much presence that people moved out of his way even when they believed him a pauper. When Liall spoke, lesser men went silent. When he entered a room, he took it over.

Scarlet feared what that meant for him. He valued his freedom. Could he share so much of himself with anyone? Would Liall feel confined in the space Scarlet could allow him, or, like the conqueror the man was born to be, would Liall forever be taking more of Scarlet than he knew how to give? As close as they had become, Scarlet was not one of Liall's people. He was not royal like Liall's family, nor clever like the silken ladies and men of the court, nor educated, nor even very big.

Will I be enough for him?

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 18 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(9)

4 Star

(5)

3 Star

(2)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 18 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2011

    A waste of time and money

    A wanna-be 'Nightrunner' series without the strong character or story development. Main story lines are mentioned but never fully developed, important details and events glossed over. An entire battle intrinsic to the suspense build leading to the conclusion is completely left out; the general leaves with the army and a few days later returns victorious with the villain not even mentioned. None of the characters are very well fleshed out... mostly named, given a few lines and gone. Even the two main characters aren't given personalities, just a rudimentary I-have-problems/secrets-I-can't/won't-share-but-I-want-to-spend-my-life-with-you anguish. A 3 book series that could have been done in only one.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Lovely

    Though at some points, it truely felt like a copy of Lynn's Nightrunner series. I still found my self falling in love with these books and their characters. It is worth the read, trust me.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 18 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)