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  1. Chapter Eleven: The Brightest Fire Does Not Always Burn Hottest

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    September 24, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Hi, Saydrie.” “You got the House Monitor to come find me?” She could hear the mortification in Saydrie’s voice even before Libkazaari moved out of the way. Once the House Monitor had cleared the way, she could see the cupola better – and Saydrie’s horrified face. “Not exactly.” She wanted …
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  2. Chapter Ten: May Our Failures be Small, Educational, and Overlooked by our Enemies

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    September 17, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “He was covered in scorch marks and so were both of his teammates.” Tairiekie hadn’t intended to walk in on two adults arguing. She’d meant to go find Saydrie, who hadn’t shown up to breakfast. After their adventure the day before, she couldn’t really fault him for hiding, but they …
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  3. Interlude: From the Stables to the Home

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    September 16, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Late evening.” Korten’s wife greeted him at the door with a warm, damp towel and a smile. “Ah, yes.” He took the towel and started with his face, scrubbing off the accumulated grit of a day in the Academy’s stables. “I have a new set of stable-dwellers  and I wanted …
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  4. Chapter Nine: To Our Successes, May they Be Written Forever

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    September 10, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Well, you did pretty well.” Saydrie, Enrie, and Tairiekie gathered around their Philosophy tests, studying their grades. “I got a 94%. A ninety-four.” Tairiekie’s finger tracked down the page. “He knocked me off for calligraphy on three letters, and for a wrong answer on Mechanical Fastness. How did I get …
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  5. Interlude: A New Look at History

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    September 9, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Instructor Pelnyen is feeling under-the-stables.” The woman in the front of the class was short, made shorter-looking by the poof of the skirts she was wearing and the equally poofy jackets, with braids gone steel-and-ice coiled around her head like a hat. “I am Instructor Emeritus Taablessa, and I am …
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  6. Chapter Eight: Far From the Best

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    September 8, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “And remember, you have your first test tomorrow. Study hard: the first test often indicates how the rest of year will proceed.” Their Introduction to Diplomacy Instructor waved cheerfully at them, her long sleeves flapping. Tairiekie resisted the urge to sigh, and instead gathered her books and turned to her teammates. …
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  7. Chapter Seven: Classes and Challenges

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    September 8, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Do you think the classes are going to be hard?” By prearrangement, Saydrie, Enrie, and Tairiekie had met up in Dienvyes Hall for breakfast before heading off to the Biology and Medicine Hall for their first class of the day. The weather was still warm and their new uniforms were …
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  8. Interlude: In the Onadyano Tower Dorms

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    September 8, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Saydrie’s roommates were talking when he slipped into their shared dorm room for the first time. He knew it was his room; his name (or an approximation of it in the Calenyen alphabet, “Zhadrie”) was on the door, along with the other two. Taigmyor and Pozhvetradov were, presumably, the two …
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  9. Interlude: The Dormitories

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    September 8, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    Each student in the Edally Academy is housed in a dormitory room with other members of their House and their year. In the time of Tairiekie and her friends, those dormitories are the Nine Towers. The Nine Towers of the Academy surround the central courtyard where once, a thousand years …
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  10. Chapter Six: New Friends and New Teams

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    September 7, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Don’t do that.” Enerenarie glared at Tairiekie. “Just call me Enrie, all right, everyone else does. I’m not a Grace, anyway.” “You’re of the royal family.” Tairiekie tried not to flinch away. Couldn’t she do anything at all right? The curtsey had been exactly right, she knew it! She’d practiced …
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  11. Chapter Five: Into Threes, Nines, and Eighteens

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    September 7, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “It’s time to divvy everyone up.” The stout woman patted Tairiekie’s shoulder and then moved on to the next new-looking person. Gamzhyai looked around. “I guess it really is time. Look, I’m a fourth year, which means I’m going to be just three stories down in the same tower from …
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  12. Chapter Four: Discovering the Power Structure

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    September 7, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “You might not see her at all.” “Why not?” Kinyozhanya beat Tairiekie to the question. “Are the classes tiered right from the beginning?” Tairiekie bit her tongue. Because that, of course, would mean they weren’t in the same classes. Who did miss top-of-her-class think she was? “No, no, that would …
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  13. Chapter Three: An Introduction to Aether

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    September 6, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “And what about the aether you so misuse?” The boy who was presumably called Pyoter and just as presumably a member of Alchemy House leaned forward, sneering his accusation at Tairiekie’s guide. “I wouldn’t say there’s any misuse going on.” Lielbyim had gone from icy to glacial. Maybe Pyoter really …
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  14. Chapter Two: Welcome to House Akaizepennen

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    September 6, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    “Thief!” The shout rose above the tumult of the hall. Tairiekie tried to move closer, but the crowd was all doing the same thing. “Calm down, Ebusdiz. You’re being ridiculous.” The calmer voice still managed to cut through the murmuring and be heard, Tairiekie imagined, clear to the rafters. “I’m …
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  15. Chapter One: Welcome to the Academy

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    September 6, 2014 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

    The entirety of the legendary Empress Edaledalende Academy of Higher Learning at Ileltedez was stretched out in front of Tairiekie. All of its towers, its multitude of roofs, the scattered outbuildings, all rose around her, looming. It stretched out like a town of its own, waiting. “Coming through!” A tall …
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