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Cloud & Ashes: Three Winter's Tales by Greer Gilman

By Greer Gilman

"I am wind and reminiscence who spells this . . ."

In the eighteen years on the grounds that her Crawford Award–winning debut novel Moonwise, Greer Gilman's writing has simply grown extra complicated and entrancing, extra beguiling and inventive.

Gilman's moment novel, Cloud & Ashes, is a sluggish whirlwind of language, a button field of phrases, a mythic Joycean delusion that may invite immersion, examine, revisitation, and pleasure. To step into her global is to witness the intense flashes, witty turns, and shadowy corners of the human mind's eye, limned with all of the aspect and humor of a grasp stylist. In Gilman's problematic prose, fantasy and myth stay, breathe, and dance as they do nowhere else.

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Equipment: Sabel, pishchal, rifle bullets (x26), and a pouch containing 46 pp, 52 gp, 3 sp, 39 cp, and 3 gems worth 10 gp each. , 8 in. ; AC 16 (+4 Dex, +2 armor); Atk +6 melee, or +9 ranged; SV Fort +5, Ref +8, Will +5; AL CN; Str 13, Dex 19, Con 12, Int 12, Wis 12, Cha 18. 40 Appendix and demanded that he not be touched. When the Tsar's youngest son, Ivan, fell under a mysterious malaise, Gregor was able to remove it. In reality, Winter simply removed his bane from the child. matically return whence they came after 1 hour.

3 in. ; AC 10; Atk sabel +2 melee (1d6+1, 18-20/x2), or pishchal +2 ranged (1d12, x3); SV Fort +3, Ref +2, Will +0; AL LN; Str 11, Dex 11, Con 11, Int 10, Wis 11, Cha 10. SA: Fear Aura-Can radiate a 5-foot-radius fear aura as a free action. Affected creatures must succeed at a Will save (DC 14) or be affected as though by a fear spell cast by a 7th-level sorcerer. A creature that successfully saves cannot be affected again by Winter's aura for one day. Other baatezu are immune to the aura. Spell-Like Abilities-At will-animate dead, charm person, dimensional anchor, doom, fly, invisibility (self only), major image, suggestion, and wall of ice.

Obsessed with an overbearing sense of self-righteousness, Winter sought to lead when he was in no position to do so. He gathered together several loyal tieflings and nightmares and sought to rebel against his master. The revolt failed and Winter's forces fled to Torassia. The Tsar compensated by capturing mammoths to ensure his military superiority. His hopes of a civil war dashed, Winter took a more direct approach. He spent weeks seeding the clouds with walls of ice, to increase the precipitation and starve the peasantry.

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