The Queen’s Blade returns to Jashimari to await the reward the Idol of the Beasts promised him for saving Minna-Satu’s life – the rebirth of his familiar. Rivan is reborn in the spring, and Blade knows the wonder and joy of bonding with his familiar again, which he lost when the Cotti slew the wood cat at the Rout of Ashtalon, when Blade was a twelve-year-old child. Prince Dravis, however, who has fled to Contara to evade the Cotti courts that have condemned him for murdering Trelath, seeks vengeance. His soldiers capture Blade in the village where he is living while Rivan reaches adulthood in the wild, and take him to Contara. There, Dravis discovers that Blade has a familiar and tries to force the assassin to kill Kerrion by threatening to slay Rivan. Blade agrees and, since the wood cat Dravis has captured is not Rivan, assassinates the Prince instead, but then falls foul of another of Kerrion’s half-brothers, this time an older, illegitimate one. In Jondar, Chiana receives a message that the Queen’s Blade is dead, along with a half-rotted head. Although Kerra refuses to accept it at first, Chiana fears that it is true and sends a company of soldiers to Ashmarad, capital of Contara, to find him, or his body. In Cotti, the news of Blade’s death saddens Minna-Satu, and Kerrion promises her retribution, but no one knows who killed the Queen’s Blade… or if the legendary assassin is truly dead…
The FingerGuard 12" Paper Trimmer is safe, versatile and easy to use. With a 31cm long cutting surface (approx 12 1/4"), the trimmer is large enough to cut A4 and 12" long card and paper, and a handy pull-out ruler makes it wide enough to cut 12" x 12" paper too. The lightweight trimmer is also perfect for cutting and cropping smaller items. Its patented safety system means the blade is fully concealed, so there's no need to worry about any sharp edges while changing blades or feeding paper in.
T-20002 Fingerguard Paper Trimmer.
2 blades included, Straight cut and Victorian, the latter produces a decorative edge.tive edge.
Interchangeable safety system, it has a unique concealed blade design so that the user is unable to touch any sharp edges when changing the blade, feeding or trimming paper.
Able to handle paper up to 30cm, so wide enough for traditional 12 x 12 scrapbook papers and A4 papers.
Perfect for all your card making, scrapbooking & other papercraft trimming needs.
A royal hostage and a headstrong young queen could make the streets of Jondar run with blood, and only the Queen’s Blade can save them both.Fifteen years have passed since Blade vanished, and plotting Cotti princes threaten the peace of the three kingdoms again. Prince Trelath has kidnapped Minna-Satu, and threatens to kill her unless the Jashimari Regent, Chiana, allows Prince Endor to visit Kerrion’s daughter, but Chiana knows that this is a ruse to capture the young Queen and take her power. Only the Queen’s Blade, Lord Protector of Jashimari, can overrule the Queen in times of crisis, and has the power, and audacity, to control the high-spirited girl and save her from her naïveté. First, Chiana must find a man who does not want to be found, and who is a master of disguise. He is also most likely to be found lying drunk in a gutter. Nevertheless, he is Kerra’s only hope of escaping her plotting half-uncles. In order to evade Endor’s soldiers and leave Jondar with the girl, Blade must take up the office he scorns and become a sacred Knight of the Veil. However, a bargain with the Idol of the Beasts sends him into the desert on a seemingly impossible quest that will bring him a mighty reward... if he succeeds. The Queen’s Blade must tread the keen edge of fate and bend it to his will.
Blade returns Minna-Satu to Kerrion in Jadaya and assassinates Prince Trelath at Minna’s behest, framing Kerrion’s youngest half-brother, Dravis, for the crime, since Dravis was also part of the plot. Dravis has Blade kidnapped and tries to force the assassin to name Kerrion as his employer at his trial. Blade is condemned to death for killing Prince Ronan sixteen years before, but he vanishes from the rack in the executioner’s courtyard.Prince Dravis hires the Jadayan Master of the Dance to kill Blade, and the Cotti assassin tries to prove his prowess by doing so in an armed Dance of Death. Blade returns to Jashimari to discover that Prince Endor has fled to Contara and slain Chiana’s familiar, and his wife lies in a death sleep. Chiana’s advisors have made Blade Regent in his absence, since, as the Lord Protector of Jashimari, only he has the rank to take up the Regent’s office until his wife recovers. Chiana, however, has no wish to live without her familiar when she awakens. In order to save her, Blade is forced to speak the words he has sworn never to utter, and Chiana does not know whether they are true or not. She accepts them, however, since she craves his affection so much. As soon as she recovers, Blade sets off for Contara to kill Endor. Two of his apprentices, whom Chiana hired to kill the Cotti Prince, have failed, but the Queen’s Blade never fails, although this time the task seems impossible…
A doomed kingdom, a young queen’s sacrifice and a killer who will bring an empire to its knees...In a world where men share kindred with beasts, the Idol of the Beasts predicts a child who will end the Endless War after centuries of strife, but first the enemy king must die and his son be brought to the Jashimari Queen in chains…After numerous failed attempts, killing King Shandor seems impossible, until an assassin offers to do the deed. His success places the Crown Prince at Queen Minna-Satu’s mercy, and Blade becomes the instrument of her wrath. Forged in the fires of fury, his heart died long ago in the desert kingdom. His glance is as icy as his smile is disarming, and the fires of passion will never stir his blood. He is the Master of the Dance in Jondar, the best to ever hold the title. Driven by hatred and with the skills of his trade, he will usher in a time of strife and pain that will live in legend, and forever bear his name. He is the instrument who can change fate. He is the Queen’s Blade.