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Un extrait de la suite de L'Homme-rune

Pat's Fantasy Hotlist a mis en ligne un extrait du roman La Lance du désert (The Desert Spear), suite de L'Homme-rune de Peter V. Brett.

Par Emmanuel Beiramar
6 janvier 2010 | Mis à jour 6 janvier 2010
Un extrait de la suite de L'Homme-rune

Si le lecteur suivra encore l’histoire d’Arlen, Leesha et Roje dans le second tome du Cycle des démons, La Lance du désert (The Desert Spear) s'intéressera plus particulièrement à deux "nouveaux" personnages. Peter V.Brett avait expliqué dans une interview : "Le premier est Jardir, leader du désert. On découvrira ainsi comment s’est déroulée son ascension au pouvoir et la façon dont il s’est lié d’amitié avec Arlen. Leur rencontre dans L’Homme-rune sera notamment réécrite de son point de vue.
Le second est Renna Tanner, la jeune fille qui était promise à Arlen lorsqu’il était enfant. Vous saurez ce qui lui est arrivé depuis leur dernière rencontre, et comme elle aussi influence le cours de la guerre contre les démons."

L'extrait tiré de La Lance du désert nous permet de retrouver Jardir alors qu'il n'a que neuf ans. Pour pouvoir lire ce passage dans la langue de Molière, il faudra patienter encore un peu. Désolé.

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Jardir was nine when the dal’Sharum took him from his mother. It was young, even in Krasia, but the Kaji tribe had lost many warriors that year and needed to bolster their ranks lest one of the other tribes attempt to encroach on their domain.

Jardir, his three younger sisters, and their mother, Kajivah, shared a single room in the Kaji adobe slum by the dry well. His father, Hoshkamin, had died in battle two years before, slain in a well raid by the Majah tribe. It was customary for one of a fallen warrior’s companions to take his widows as wives and provide for his children, but Kajivah had given birth to three daughters in a row, an ill omen that no man would bring into his household. They lived on a small stipend of food from the local dama, and if they had nothing else, they had each other.

“Ahmann asu Hoshkamin am’Jardir am’Kaji,” Drillmaster Qeran said, “you will come with us to the Kaji’sharaj to find your Hannu Pash, the path Everam wills for you.” He stood in the doorway with Drillmaster Kaval, the two warriors tall and forbidding in their black robes with the red drillmaster veils. They looked on impassively as Jardir’s mother wept and embraced him.

“You must be man for our family now, Ahmann,” Kajivah told him, “for me and your sisters. We have no one else.”

“I will, Mother,” Jardir promised. “I’ll become a great warrior and build you a palace.”

“Of that, I have no doubt,” Kajivah said. “They say I was cursed, to bear three girls after you, but I say Everam blessed our family with a son so great, he needed no brothers.” She hugged him tightly, her tears wet on his cheek.

“Enough weeping,” Drillmaster Kaval said, taking Jardir’s arm and pulling him away. Jardir’s young sisters stared as they led him from the tiny apartment.

“It is always this way,” Qeran said. “Mothers can never let go.”

“She has no man to care for her,” Jardir replied.

“You were not told to speak, boy,” Kaval barked, cuffing him hard on the back of the head. Jardir bit back a cry of pain as his knee struck the sandstone street. His heart screamed at him to strike back, but he checked himself. However much the Kaji might need warriors, the dal’Sharum would kill him for such an affront with no more thought than a man might give to squashing a scorpion under his sandal.

“Every man in Krasia cares for her,” Qeran said, jerking his head back toward the door, “spilling blood in the night to keep her safe as she weeps over her sorry excuse for a son.”

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