By Terry Pratchett
When an immense wave destroys his village, Mau is the single one left. Daphne—a traveller from the opposite aspect of the globe—is the only real survivor of a shipwreck. Separated via language and customs, the 2 are united through disaster. Slowly, they're joined by means of different refugees. And as they try to guard the small band, Mau and Daphne defy ancestral spirits, problem dying himself, and discover a long-hidden mystery that actually turns the realm upside down.
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That's while I knew. that's while I understood. He used to be no demon! He used to be no god, no hero. No. He was once not anything yet a guy! a guy who was once anxious! a guy such as you and me! yet may we wait there, filled with worry, because the shark with large the teeth got here to devour us? He did! I observed him! and because the shark used to be upon him, he shouted at it in scorn! He shouted those phrases: Da! Na! Ha! Pa! ” “Da! Na! Ha! Pa! ” numerous humans mumbled, as though they have been in a dream. “And the shark became and fled from him. The shark couldn't face him. The shark became approximately and we have been kept. i used to be there. I observed this. ” Daphne learned that her arms have been sweating. She had felt the shark brush previous her. She had visible its poor eye. She may possibly draw an image of its the teeth. She have been there. She had obvious it. Pilu’s voice had proven it to her. She remembered whilst Mr. Griffith from the Nonconformist chapel were invited to talk within the parish church. The sermon was once fairly damp, simply because he spat an excellent spray whilst he shouted, however the guy was once so jam-packed with God that it overflowed all over. He preached as though he had a flaming sword in his hand. Bats fell out of the rafters. The organ began up on its own. The water sloshed within the font. All in all, it was once very in contrast to the sermons of the Reverend Fleblow-Poundup, who on an excellent day may possibly get via a mumbled provider in part an hour, together with his butterfly web and accumulating jar leaning opposed to the pulpit. once they had obtained domestic, her grandmother had stood within the hallway, taken a deep breath, and acknowledged, “Well! ” And that used to be that. regularly humans tended to be very quiet within the parish church. maybe they have been frightened of waking God up in case He requested pointed questions or gave them a try out. yet Pilu had opened up the tale of the shark like Mr. Griffith had preached. He had spread out an image within the air after which made it circulate. was once it precise? Had it quite occurred like that? yet how may it now not be precise, now? that they had been there. that they had visible it. that they had shared it. She regarded down at Mau. His eyes have been nonetheless open and his physique was once nonetheless twitching. after which she regarded up, and into the face of Cahle, who stated: “Locaha has taken him. ” “You suggest he’s death? ” “Yes. The chilly hand of Locaha is on him. you recognize him. He doesn't sleep. He eats no longer adequate. He incorporates all weights, runs each distance. In his head, an excessive amount of pondering. Has somebody right here visible him now not operating, guarding, digging, wearing? He attempts to hold the area on his again! And whilst such humans weaken, Locaha springs. ” Daphne leaned all the way down to Mau. His lips have been blue. “You’re no longer dying,” she whispered. “You can’t be demise. ” She shook him lightly, and there has been a hurry of air from his lips, faint as a spider’s sneeze: “Does…” “Does no longer take place! ” she acknowledged triumphantly. “See? Locaha hasn’t bought him but! examine his legs! he isn't death! In his head he's operating! ” Cahle appeared rigorously at Mau’s twitching legs and placed her hand on his brow. Her eyes widened. “I have heard of this,” she stated. “It’s shadow stuff. it is going to kill him, nevertheless. The Sky girl will be aware of what to do. ” “Where is she, then?