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By Ursula K. Le Guin

The Earth colony of Landin has been stranded on Werel for ten years, and ten of Werel's years are over six hundred terrestrial years, and the lonely and dwindling human cost is starting to suppose the stress. each iciness, a season that lasts for 15 years, the Earthmen have pals: the humanoid hilfs, a nomadic those who in basic terms calm down for the tough chilly spell. The hilfs worry the Earthmen, whom they suspect of as witches and make contact with the farborns. yet hilfs and farborns have universal enemies: the hordes of ravaging barbarians known as gaals and eerie preying snow ghouls. Will they sign up for forces or be annihilated?
Planet of Exile is the second one within the Hainish Cycle sequence. (preceeded via Rocannon's World and through City of Illusions.)

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But if a tender crossbowman up at the wall, struck within the face through a Gaal slingshot, have been thrown backwards off his slender ledge and crashed down spread-eagled beside them, knocking over of the harnessed girls and, spattering their skirts together with his blood and brains, it were Seiko that went to him and took that smashed head on her knees, whispering so long to the useless guy. "That used to be your kinsman? " Rolery requested as Seiko resumed her harness they usually went on. The Alterran girl stated, "We are all kinsman within the urban. He was once Jonkendy Li-the youngest of the Council. " a tender wrestler within the area within the nice sq., shining with sweat and triumph, telling her to stroll the place she loved in his urban. He was once the 1st farborn that had spoken to her. She had now not obvious Jakob Agat because the evening prior to final, for every individual, human and farborn, left in Landin had his activity and position, and Agat's was once in every single place, preserving a urban of fifteen hundred opposed to a strength of fifteen thousand. because the day wore on and weariness and starvation reduced her energy, she started to see him too sprawled out on bloody stones, down on the different major attack-point, the ocean Gate above the cliffs. Her group stopped paintings to devour bread and dried fruit introduced through a happy lad hauling a roundleg-cart of provisions; a significant little maiden lugging a epidermis of water gave them to drink. Rolery took middle. She used to be yes that they might all die, for she had visible, from the rooftops, the enemy blackening the hills: there has been no finish to them, they'd rarely started the siege but. She used to be both yes that Agat couldn't be killed, and that due to the fact that he may dwell, she may reside. What had demise to do with him? He used to be lifestyles; her lifestyles. She sat at the cobbled road cozy chewing demanding bread. Mutilation, rape, torture and horror encompassed her inside of a stone's throw on either side, yet there she sat chewing her bread. as long as they fought again with all their energy, with all their center, as they have been doing, they have been secure a minimum of from worry. yet now not lengthy after got here a really undesirable time. As they dragged their lumbering load in the direction of the gate, the sound of the clattering cart and all sounds have been drowned out by means of a tremendous howling noise outdoor the gate, a roar like that of an earthquake, so deep and loud as to be felt within the bone, now not heard. And the gate leaped on its iron hinges, shuddering. She observed Agat then, for a second. He was once working, prime an incredible staff of archers and dartgunners up from the reduce a part of city, yelling orders to a different workforce at the partitions as he ran. all of the girls scattered, ordered to take safe haven in streets closer the heart of city. Howw, howw, howw! went the crowd-voice on the Land Gate, a noise so large it appeared the hills themselves have been making it, and may upward thrust and shake town off the cliffs into the ocean. The wind was once sour chilly. Her team was once scattered, all was once confusion. She had no paintings to put her hand to. It was once getting darkish. The day was once no longer that previous, it used to be now not time but for darkness. without warning she observed that she used to be actually going to die, believed in her loss of life; she stood nonetheless and cried out below her breath, there within the empty road among the excessive, empty homes.

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