Read an excerpt from the book that wouldn’t burn

Read an excerpt from the book that wouldn't burn

The boy has lived his complete life trapped in a room cluttered with books older than empires and greater than cities.

We’re delighted to share an excerpt from The Book That Didn’t Burnthe primary installment in an all-new fantasy collection from Mark Lawrence, releasing from Ace on Could 9.

The boy has lived his complete life trapped in a room cluttered with books older than empires and greater than cities.

The woman spent hers in a small colony on the mud, the place nightmares lurk and nobody goes.

The world by no means even observed them. That is about to alter.

Their tales spiral round one another, throughout worlds and time. It is a story of reality and lies and hearts, and the blurring of 1 into the opposite. A journey by which data erodes certainty and by which, although the pen could also be mightier than the sword, blood will probably be shed and cities burned.

With out guilt, we’d all be monsters. And reminiscence is the ink with which we checklist our crimes.

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“What are you doing?”

Evar spun round to search out Starval standing behind him. No person ever heard of Starval coming. The smaller and darker of his brothers, Starval had gotten misplaced within the Mechanism whereas carrying a e book on the humanities of assassination. Unusual studying materials for a kid, thought Evar. A number of a long time later, the Mechanism had spat out the 5 misplaced youngsters it had inadvertently swallowed. He’d vomited all of them collectively, none of them wanting a day older than once they have been caught. None of them have been the identical although. In Starval’s case, the contents of this e book and extra had been imprinted on his soul.

“Me? Motion?” Eva swallowed. With Starval, there was all the time that second of terror the place you have been positive you have been going to die. Then he smiled and also you remembered that he was your brother. “I am constructing a staircase.”

Starval regarded critically on the ramp of books Evar had piled up. Alongside its facet the ramp was leaned in opposition to a wall, and on the finish by a second wall the place the 2 shaped one of many corners of the chamber. “You’ve got an extended strategy to go…”

“I’ll make it.” Evar wiped the sweat from his forehead and craned his neck to gauge the magnitude of the duty. Though the railing reached properly above her head, she was not but one-twentieth from the ceiling.

“Dare I ask the rationale for this…stairway to heaven?” Starval frowned on the construction. “You already know it will collapse with you on it, do not you?” »

“I will test the ceiling.”

Uncommon concern creased Starval’s forehead. “Is it time for Kerrol to provide the flooring once more?”

“I do not care concerning the dialog.” Kerrol was asking what he thought he was escaping from. He would remind Evar that wherever he went, he would take himself with him. “I want to search out…” He trailed off. Not one of the others believed in her. The books they have been misplaced within the Mechanism with had educated them, left them with expertise honed to the max. Clovis the warrior, Kerrol with entry to thoughts levers, Mayland together with his tales. Evar had come out with nothing, simply the sensation that one thing had been torn from his reminiscence, leaving a chasm so broad he might fall into it and by no means be discovered. Somebody had been ripped off, no one thing. She was there. He knew it. And she or he wanted him. He had left her at risk and he needed to get to her earlier than it was too late.

“Properly, have enjoyable. I will the Mechanism. I am late for my flip. Starval put a hand on Evar’s shoulder. “Do not die right here, bro. With that, he turned and walked away to the distant studying room, whistling a playful tune to defy the crushing silence of the library.

Left to his personal units once more, Evar paused to stare upon his staircase earlier than wiping his forehead as soon as extra and bent over the work. The ceiling would offer a method out. In any other case, why would they’ve constructed it so removed from the bottom?

Evar’s brother, Mayland, had all the time stated that the truth that they might see the partitions of their jail was a blessing given to only a few folks. Their cell was bigger than these loved by most inmates, about two miles on all sides with a ceiling that regarded extra like a stone sky, too excessive for them to hit with something they might discover inside. throw. There have been even 4 doorways slightly than the normal singular exit. Evar had tried ten thousand occasions every, even the one behind 100 yards of char and ash. However he had by no means examined the ceiling. None of them had.

Because the library provided no measure of time, its unwavering mild, it was exhaustion that introduced Evar again to the swimming pool and its inexperienced halo of crops. Excluding the crop circle across the pool, the complete flooring space of ​​the chamber, some two and a half thousand acres, was coated in piles of books. A forest by which, even now, it was straightforward to get misplaced.

He adopted the wall of the chamber for a mile earlier than coming into the brief hall resulting in the north door. Half a mile later, he reached the hallway resulting in the northeast studying room. The chamber had one other studying room, west of the south door, however this contained the Mechanism and it was this that Starval had been to a number of hours earlier.

Earlier than speeding among the many piles of books, aiming for the swimming pool, Evar forged an extended look on the Mechanism. 100 yards of hallway led to the studying room, and down beneath, by a sea of ​​messy studying desks, Evar had a transparent however distant view of the Mechanism, a grey mass massive sufficient for all of the siblings to face on. maintain with room to spare, regardless that the foundations solely allowed one particular person and one e book at a time.

The enchantment of The Mechanism was that whereas a reader’s creativeness might animate a e book of their head, The Mechanism would construct that world round you. He provided the content material of every e book as one thing to be skilled bodily, to undergo, to share, to query, to share. You’ll be able to immerse your self within the e book as you see match.

Throughout the centuries that Evar’s folks had been trapped within the chamber, the Mechanism had been their escape. Each era or so, somebody who went in did not come out. And even when on every of the 5 events when such a tragedy had occurred, the sufferer had been a toddler of maybe eight or 9 years previous, it appeared that the attraction of the Mechanism was such that it was thought of a prize to be pay.

Evar had been the second misplaced baby, Clovis the final. Evar had been the one considered one of them to not return after their eventual launch.

He stood for a second, staring on the grey construction, questioning what adventures Starval may need there. Sometimes, he spent his time honing his expertise with a blade, poison, or considered one of many different methods to take a life. It should be laborious, Evar thought, to see that actual folks have worth after taking the lives of so many fictional folks.

Evar discovered solely Kerrol, mendacity on his stack of favourite books whereas studying a extra beloved quantity.

Evar had three brothers: Mayland, the historian; Starval, the assassin; and Kerrol, whose specialty all of them had their very own unflattering names. Kerrol has chosen to qualify his vocation as psychology. Kerrol stated it is in folks’s nature to really feel trapped, and the shortcoming to see what’s holding them is what has led so many to darkish locations in their very own minds. Evar, at the least, knew what was holding him again. However understanding had by no means appeared helpful to me.

Evar headed to his personal heap, able to sleep, glad his brother had nothing to say to him. He was nonetheless yawning and trying to find his goals when Clovis walked by the door of the wall constructed of books that served because the perimeter of their colony. She sharply turned the nook, each angle of her physique pointing to bother. Evar stood up with a groan, ready for the storm. Kerrol, mendacity close by, regarded up from his e book.

“Defend your self, little brother. Clovis moved ahead with out stopping.

Evar was taller than Clovis and technically older since he had gotten misplaced within the Mechanism a long time earlier than her. Clovis, nonetheless, was a 12 months or two older when the Mechanism took her. When he spat all of them out collectively, none of them had aged, so he was the little brother. Now twenty years previous, he was nonetheless the little brother, apparently.

Evar took the primary hit to his shoulder, blocked the second and located himself falling, his legs swept beneath him. He hit the bottom laborious and rolled from the heel down in direction of his face. The kick he aimed for his sister’s ankle missed considerably however gave her house to rise up. Or so he thought. Clovis closed the gap with exceptional velocity, digging his knee into his abdomen.

“Rise up!”

Evar was nonetheless panting.

“Rise up!” Clovis rages.

“May you kill him a little bit extra quietly?” Kerrol stood up with a yawn and stretched to his full top.

Clovis moved away from Evar to bypass Kerrol. Their older brother was a superb head greater than both of them and would not final 5 heartbeats in a struggle in opposition to Evar. Clovis would knock him down with the primary punch. Nevertheless, none of them had ever lifted a finger on him. Phrases have been Kerrol’s weapons, and he used them to devastating impact even in light dialog.

After an extended second of eye contact, Clovis regarded away and spat to the facet. “I’ve an Escape to search out. We’ll observe once more tomorrow, Evar. Attempt to not be so pathetic subsequent time. She walked away.

“I would not observe her,” Kerrol suggested. “Starval says this Escape is a giant one. Significantly sneaky too.

Extract of The E-book That Did not Burn by Mark Lawrence Copyright © 2023 by Mark Lawrence. Excerpted with permission from Ace. All rights reserved.

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