A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows by Poul Anderson

By Poul Anderson

Raconteur, bon vivant, troubleshooter for the decaying Terran Empire, Dominic Falndry does not crave additional threat within the provider of galactic unity.

But responsibility calls, so it is again to the spaceways for the main dependent distinct Agent is 100 megastar systems--straight into the well-laid plans of his lifelong enemy Aycharaych.

Win or lose, although, the lengthy evening of human civilization is coming and Flandry is familiar with it. what percentage extra battles can he stand to win in a wasting reason? and the way many planets will die meanwhile?

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I've never visited them either. But I've met other odd human societies, not to speak of nonhuman. They stay in the Empire because it gives them the Pax and often a fair amount of commercial benefit, without usually charging too high a price for the service. From what little I saw and heard in the way of reports on the Gospodar and his associates, they aren't such fools as to imagine they can stay at peace independently. " "Uh-uh. They've been marchmen up against Merseia far too long. " "Such things can change.

Everything was still in upheaval. Three avowed rivals were out to replace him by force of arms, and nobody could guess how many more would take an opportunity that came along, whether to try for supreme power or for piratical autonomy. Alfred wouldn't have made his attempt without considerable support among his own people. Therefore, not only must the governorship change, but the sector capital. "Now Dennitza may not be the most populous, wealthy, or up-to-date human-colonized planet in Tauria.

Perhaps with that alleged Dennitzan agent. What became of ... " "How can I tell? I saw a precis of many reports, remember. " Excitement in Flandry congealed to grimness. I should think the fact she's a niece of the Gospodar--a fact available in the material on her that my son could freely scan from a data bank--would be worth mentioning to the Emperor. I should think such a hostage would not be sold for a slave, forced into whoredom except for the chance that I learned about her when she was offered for sale.

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