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Ancestors of Avalon (Avalon, Book 5) by Diana L. Paxson

By Diana L. Paxson

Marion Zimmer Bradley's cherished Avalon saga keeps with the dramatic tale of the ancestors of Avalon, from their existence at the doomed island of Atlantis to their get away to the mist-shrouded isle of england.

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Vera and the twins always rushed down to the shelter with their families when the sirens went off. Zavodilov the gangster, on the other hand— I don’t remember ever seeing him in the shelter. He slept through the sirens as he slept through the mornings, with a cold washcloth draped over his forehead and a naked girl by his side. Or at least that’s the way I imagined it. No, he wouldn’t have made it to the shelter, but then again, Zavodilov spent many nights away from the Kirov, taking care of his mysterious business or drinking in some other criminal’s apartment.

One hundred. ” I asked him, but he didn’t even glance at me. The one-eyed man placed his cold pipe on the table, found a tea glass, and searched around his stall for a bit of cloth. “Here,” said Kolya, handing over a white handkerchief. “It’s clean. ” We watched the man fold the handkerchief three times and drape it over the mouth of the tea glass. He poured the liquor slowly. Even outdoors, with the wind gusting, the stuff smelled like poison, like a cleaning agent used on a factory floor. The one-eyed man set aside the handkerchief, which was now flecked with a soapy residue.

Each of these buildings would have a bomb shelter in its basement; citizens would be huddled down there, dozens of them clustered around a single flickering lamp, waiting for the all clear. The shells were landing close enough now that we could hear them whine in the air. The wind was louder, shrieking through the broken windows of abandoned apartments, as if God and the Germans were conspiring to blow down our city. “On the front lines, you get good at judging where the shells will land,” said Kolya, his hands jammed into the pockets of his greatcoat, as he walked into the wind that had been behind us a moment before.

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