Sesskia’s Diary, part 196

6 Seresstine, continued But I’m getting sidetracked. I got as close as I dared to the front of the division and took a look at it. It wasn’t a very big division, and I think I miscalculated the number of feet that had made that path. But it was still big enough that, along with…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 196

Sesskia’s Diary, part 195

6 Seresstine I feel so stupid. And I don’t know what to do. So I’m just going to write this all out and hope by the time I get to the end, I’ll have figured everything out. Unlikely, but with war bearing down on us, I’m trying to remain optimistic. Just after dawn this morning,…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 195

Sesskia’s Diary, part 194

5 Seresstine, continued All four of them looked at me. Drussik looked annoyed. He’s about eight hundred years old and is suspicious of me because I’m both female and a mage. Kalanik and Bronnok, both reluctant supporters of the mage auxiliaries, looked skeptical. And Mattiak just frowned at me. “Sneaking is one thing,” he said,…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 194

Sesskia’s Diary, part 193

5 Seresstine We’re camped near the destroyed crossroads where the Royal Road intersects with that Castaviran highway, and you can feel the excitement, because we picked up the God-Empress’s trail. It’s excitement tempered with anger, though, because the news came from men who escaped the slaughter near Binna, and Mattiak looked grim when he found…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 193

Sesskia’s Diary, part 192

4 Seresstine, continued Mattiak doesn’t snore, but I can tell the difference between someone who’s actually sleeping and someone who’s faking it, so I kept crawling until I was right next to the trunk, where I stopped to take a few deep breaths. I worked the see-inside pouvra and took a look at its contents.…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 192

Sesskia’s Diary, part 191

4 Seresstine I’d meant to write about Nessan’s exercise when I finished it, but it was nearly dawn when I did and I barely got back without being spotted. I met him well after midnight, and we ran the perimeter of the camp, dodging our sentries a little too easily—Nessan was annoyed about it, and…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 191

Sesskia’s Diary, part 190

3 Seresstine I have no idea if we’re making good progress or not. We also don’t know where the God-Empress’s army went after leaving Hasskian. Our scouts say it looks like she turned east, which fills me with dread; suppose she decided to go to Colosse instead of Venetry? It’s already chaos out there, and…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 190

Sesskia’s Diary, part 189

2 Seresstine, very late (or very early) Nessan’s idea of a training exercise is to put objects into sleeping soldiers’ tents without disturbing them and without being insubstantial except during the time it takes to enter and leave through the wall. This strikes me as dangerous, considering that four of the five of us are…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 189


The Lady and the Frog is a charming tale that riffs off the fairy tale “The Princess and the Frog,” but it’s not a retelling—from the opening scene, it diverges rapidly into a story about magic, curses, and love. I was especially taken with Henry, one of the heroes (one of the strengths of the…Continue reading Book Review: THE LADY AND THE FROG

Sesskia’s Diary, part 188

1, possibly 2, Seresstine, very early Nessan woke me an hour ago and said, “Time for practice.” He’s far more diligent than I am, but he’s right, we need to practice. He took three mages elsewhere in the camp while I worked with Tobiak, who still hasn’t mastered the concealment pouvra. Nessan told me, when…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 188