The Last Light of the Sun

Guy Gavriel Kay

for George Jonas

I have a tale for you: winter pours

The wind is high, cold;

its course is short

The bracken is very red;

The cry of the barnacle goose

Cold has taken

Season of ice;

a stag bells;

summer has gone.

the sun is low;

the sea is strong running.

its shape has been hidden.

has become usual.

the wings of birds.

this is my tale.

— FROM THE LIBER HYMNORUM MANUSCRIPT

CHARACTERS

(A PARTIAL LISTING) The Anglcyn

Aeldred, son of Gademar, King of the Anglcyn Elswith, his queen

Athelbert

Judit his children

Kendra

Gareth


Osbert, son of Cuthwulf, Aeldred's chamberlain

Burgred, Earl of Denferth

The Erlings

Thorkell Einarson, "Red Thorkell," exiled from Rabady Isle

Frigga, his wife, daughter of Skadi

Bern Thorkellson, his son

Siv. Athira, his daughters


Iord, seer of Rabady, at the women's compound

Anrid, a woman serving at the compound


Halldr Thinshank, once governor of Rabady Isle, deceased

Sturla Ulfarson "Sturla One-hand," governor of Rabady


Gurd Thollson

Brand Leofson

Carsten Friddson Jormsvik mercenaries

Garr Hoddson

Guthrum Skallson


Thira, a prostitute in Jormsvik



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