2 Works in City of Bones - Martha Wells
The wind hereabouts whips up its own noisy version of the truth.
In the Fringe Cities, scholars and thieves can be much the same.
24 Nov 2013
This is the backstory for Martha Wells' one-off novel City of Bones.
On the trade road from Kenniliar to Charisat, Sagai's caravan is beset by pirates, and he is captured. A lone krismen, Khat, rescues him. Several years later they are the co-stars of the novel, but this is the story she sketches out, of the prequel.
"Sagai shook his head, smiling faintly at the memory. 'We did not have an easy time together. It was two days before Khat stopped pretending he couldn’t speak any recognizable language. He was willing to risk his life to free me simply because I was a prisoner of the pirate band he had chosen to harry, but he wanted nothing to do with me once I was liberated, and he wanted my help least of all. I think almost that he would have been perfectly happy to bleed to death in the Waste if only he could have done it in private, without an ignorant city dweller pestering him.'"
City of Bones, ch. 8