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Shadow of the Swan (Book Two of the Phoenix Legacy)

Shadow of the Swan (Book Two of the Phoenix Legacy)

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Book Two of The Phoenix Legacy
A proud empire struggles for supremacy.

“Hasthe sweep and power of Asimov’s Foundation.” —Jean M. Auel, author of the Earth’s Children ® series

After forfeiting his identity as heir to the House of DeKoven Woolf, Lord Alexand morphs into Alex Ransom, leader of the Society of the Phoenix, sworn to bring about the evolution of the Concord in order to prevent its threatened collapse.

But his birthright isn’t all Alex lost when Lord Alexand died. He gave up the extraordinary Lady Adrien Eliseer, and it was like tearing out his own heart. He realizes, ultimately that as desperate as he is to bring peace to the Concord, he is equally desperate to be reunited with Adrien, especially when he learns that she is about to pay a terrible price for Lord Alexand’s death.
Book Two of The Phoenix Legacy
A proud empire struggles for supremacy.

“Hasthe sweep and power of Asimov’s Foundation.” —Jean M. Auel, author of the Earth’s Children ® series

After forfeiting his identity as heir to the House of DeKoven Woolf, Lord Alexand morphs into Alex Ransom, leader of the Society of the Phoenix, sworn to bring about the evolution of the Concord in order to prevent its threatened collapse.

But his birthright isn’t all Alex lost when Lord Alexand died. He gave up the extraordinary Lady Adrien Eliseer, and it was like tearing out his own heart. He realizes, ultimately that as desperate as he is to bring peace to the Concord, he is equally desperate to be reunited with Adrien, especially when he learns that she is about to pay a terrible price for Lord Alexand’s death.

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Diversion BooksA Division of Diversion Publishing Corp.443 Park Avenue South, Suite 1004New York, NY 10016www.DiversionBooks.com Copyright © 1981 by Martha Kay RenfroeAll rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any formwhatsoever.For more information, emailinfo@diversionbooks.com.First Diversion Books edition July 2013ISBN: 978-1-62681-098-3
AlsobyM.K.Wren
A Gift Upon the Shore 
The Phoenix Legacy
 Sword of the Lamb (Book One of the Phoenix Legacy)House of the Wolf (Book Three of the Phoenix Legacy) 
 
PART 3: GAUNTLET
 
PHOENIX MEMFILES: DEPT HUMAN SCIENCES: BASIC SCHOOL(HS/BS)SUBFILE: LECTURE. BASIC SCHOOL 1 FEBUAR 3252GUEST LECTURER: RICHARD LAMBSUBJECT: POST-DISASTERS HISTORY:WARS OF CONFEDERATION (2876–2903)DOC LOC #819/219–1253/1812–1648–123252The “Sudafrikan Union” was the Holy Confederation’s term. The name the Minister-KeffeTsane Valstaad used is translated as the “Tsanian Empire.” (Or, as some historiolinguistsprefer, “Commonwealth.”) It was not an alliance put together in the face of the threat of theConfederation, which even the Allienza Salvador was, although it predated the initiation of the Wars. The Sudafrikan Union was forged in a series of wars comparable to EvenPilgram’s, and Tsane Valstaad was the third in a dynasty of rulers who held his diverse andscattered subjects in thrall of a centralized, imperialistic government that should haveappealed to Lord Patric Eyre Ballarat. Certainly it impressed him in a tactical sense duringthe seven-year Sudafrikan campaign, the most difficult and most costly of the Wars.Tsane himself was a fascinating man. (“Tsane” was a surname—his family name—despite its placement; “Valstaad” was actually his forename.) Had his domains been a littlemore advanced historically and technologically, Tsane might easily have taken Ballarat’srole in history as the first conqueror of an entire world. As it was, Sudafrika had advancedlittle past the iron age, although it made great strides after its initial contacts with the HolyConfederation in its period of expansion by trade; the Tsanians were apt learners andexcellent imitators. Still, they didn’t have facilities for any kind of heavy manufacturing.Tsane sought to offset that disadvantage while Ballarat was still occupied with conqueringthe rest of Terra by stockpiling weapons and machines of war, most of which were actuallyproduced in Conta Austrail, but reached him through covert and circuitous channels. Tsanealso fortified his territories and trained his armed forces during this preparatory period, andbeyond that instilled in his subjects a patriotic fervor that can only arise when people arefighting for their homeland. Further, Tsane, like Ballarat, recognized the efficacy of religionas a motivating force and in essence prepared to cross swords with Bishop Almbert as wellas with Ballarat. His was also a holy war, although a battle to preserve, rather than todisseminate, a religion. Oddly enough, the religion sanctioned by the Minister-Keffe andimposed two generations earlier on his subjects was also based, like Mezionism, on Pre-Disasters Christianity, although it had changed almost beyond recognition in its evolution.Tsane’s preparations for his encounter with Ballarat included learning his enemy’slanguage, which I think gives us a measure of the man. I’ve always been intrigued with theaccounts of his first personal meeting with Ballarat, which occurred after the Battle of Capeton, where Ballarat’s forces made their first landfall in Sudafrika. Tsane sent amessenger to Ballarat in bivouac asking for a meeting under truce. In an open plain, whereevery movement could be observed by both sides, Tsane’s soldiers erected an open-sidedtent luxuriously fitted with carpets of animal skins, furniture of carved ebony embellishedwith gold, tables laden with wines, fruits, and epicurean viands in serving pieces of silverand gold, the servants in attendance all comely young women decked in silk and jewels.Tsane allowed none of his soldiers within the agreed-upon three-hundred-meter neutral area,although he accepted the tenman “honor guard” Ballarat brought with him. Tsane enteredthe neutral area entirely alone, except for the two leashed leopards flanking him. He was anexceptionally tall man, and he dressed himself on this occasion in flowing robes of red silkedged in gold embroidery, with a leopard skin draped over one shoulder, and a plumed

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