By John Crowley
Painter is a leo - half guy, half lion - the results of one in all man's genetic experiments, a strong, attractive, enigmatic creature deemed a 'failure' to be be hunted down. yet Painter has merits during this global of small bickering kingdom states and political lodging and compromise: his personal energy and integrity, and the guile of Reynard, one other of man's experiments, a sophisticated and powerful intriguer, a king-maker...
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Out there, in the limitless darkness, looking at those creatures. What would they do? They seemed to her dangerous, unpredictable, hostile. She wished -- so hard it was a prayer -- that Meric were here in the shelter of the Mountain. She surrendered to the anxious tightening of her body, rolling on her side and drawing up her knees. Her eyes were wide open, and she listened to the sounds more intently now, searching them. And -- in answer to her prayer, she was certain of it -- she sorted from the ambience footsteps coming her way, the sound altering in a familiar way as Meric turned corners toward her.
Yet he could see in Emma the same fear that he sensed in Bree, and in himself. Who were they that they could rouse the Mountain this way? "Monsters," Emma said, as though answering. "Listen," he said. "We should know more. I don't mean just you and me. Everybody. We should . . I'll tell you what. I'll go out there, with the H5 and some discs, and get some information. " "It wouldn't do any good. They're poaching. " "Emma," he said. "What's wrong with you? Wolves aren't poachers. Hawks aren't poachers.
In fact he remembered so little of his life before the Mountain -- the fleeing, displaced life of refugees that burns an everlasting faint mark of insecurity on the soul but leaves few stationary objects in the mind -- that it seemed as though his life began in front of that model. " his mother said when their tiny, exhausted caravan was still miles away. " The enormous mass of it, blue with distance, rose like many great shoulders lifting themselves out of the earth; the skeleton shoulders of all the dead Titans coming forth together.