By Tanith Lee
"A mattress of Earth" is a haunting trip to a parallel model of sixteenth-century Venice, the place a fierce territorial competition among noble households finds a supernatural strength from underneath the placid floor of the canals and rotting understructure of town.
The fight among the 2 households for house at the Isle of the lifeless, the overcrowded burial flooring for generations of Venetian the Aristocracy, boils over and a fourteen-year-old woman is pressured to pay the final word fee. because the years cross on, events complicit in her disappearance start to endure the implications in a sequence of surprising deaths. A humble apprentice gravedigger is left to tackle the mysteries and subdue the traditional terror that threatens to spoil the full republic.
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With them they ripped apart the pike men. It was a glorious sight—a red fountain bursting into being in the cobbled square. Ah, what ecstasy there was in the harvest! Tsabo Tavoc drew a deep breath. Perhaps the sweetest triumph of the day had been capturing the flying ship Weatherlight. Any Phyrexian would have recognized that queer little war machine. It had caused havoc on Rath. It had destroyed the Phyrexian fleet on Mercadia. All Phyrexians recognized the ship if only as the laughably puny creation of Urza Planeswalker.
37 Invasion Turning angrily, the old man pushed at the side of the ship. "Watch your wagon, good sir! " Grim-faced soldiers marched up in a line behind the man. Boots cracked smartly against the stones. Cocked crossbows set an uneasy whine in the air. The blind seer turned, lips white with anger. "What is this? You come to haul me away? My warnings are disbelieved? " He held out his arms in melodramatic surrender. The captain of the guard glared past the madman to the rail of the airship. "Ho, there!
Angels severed power conduits, bringing geysers of energy spewing from the ship. White smoke belched out all around. For all their success, though, the hoppers and Serrans were merely bees stinging a mammoth. They could nettle it but not kill it. Barrin lost sight of the squadron. His dragon engine swooped beneath the plague ship. He prepared a spell. White energies crawled down his arms. Drawing them through the air, he garbed himself in a suit of scintillating lightning—and only just in time.