WebMage (Ravirn, Book 1)

By Kelly McCullough

Ravirn isn't really your common computing device geek. a toddler of the Fates—literally—he’s a hacker extraordinaire who can 0 in at the deadly flaw in any software. Now that twenty-first-century magic has long gone electronic that makes him a really proficient sorcerer. yet a global of difficulties is set to be downloaded on Ravirn—who’s simply attempting to move his collage midterms.

Great Aunt Atropos, one of many 3 Fates, makes a decision that people having unfastened will is absolutely puffed up and plans to rid herself of the annoyance—by coding a spell into the destiny middle, the server that ideas future. As a hacker, Ravirn is a huge believer in loose will, and while he not just refuses to debug her spell yet actively opposes her, all hell breaks loose.

Even with the aid of his established Melchior, a pretty sorceress (who’s additionally a median programmer), and the webgoblin underground, it’s going to be a detailed call...

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Execute now, now, now! ” The goblin caught his head out of the bag. “I-aiee! Executing. ” We’d dropped 9 flooring. A prerecorded model of a spell spewed from his tiny blue lips. At one million or so kilo-baud it appeared like a whippoorwill on pace, however it did the trick. 3 flooring above the floor, our headlong plunge turned a leisurely float. I pulled on my helmet and gloves. It appeared like i used to be going to wish them ahead of I ever acquired to my motorbike. My ft had slightly touched flooring whilst anything struck me above the collarbone and burned throughout my neck. extra by way of reflex than wide awake suggestion I tucked my chin into my chest, so the second one arrow struck the chin piece of my helmet rather than my throat. The arrow shattered, my helmet cracked, and my head on the subject of got here off. i'll style blood from a mashed lip. Groggily I became and dashed for River street and the canopy of the autos parked there. extra arrows hit me within the again as I went yet didn’t pierce the Kevlar. i used to be going to wish a brand new jacket and a pile of painkillers, yet at the very least I wasn’t leaking any priceless physically fluids. as soon as I reached the line, I ducked at the back of an outdated avoid Ram and opened my jacket a long way adequate to snatch my pistol. Then I rigorously zipped it up back. i wanted all of the security i'll get. I additionally wanted a plan. If this clash stayed merely actual, i used to be going to die. i'm considerably superior, harder, and quicker than an ordinary human. yet so is every body in my nuclear family. should you placed me on a scale crammed in simple terms with my kinfolk, the image alterations thoroughly. I weigh in firmly within the featherweight department. Moric and his brothers are all ultraheavyweights with angle. regrettably, I don’t do my most sensible considering stressed. The arrows smashing into the truck didn’t support. A plan must wait till I positioned a bit extra distance among me and my homicidal cousins. the one challenge used to be the way to do this. The archer, most likely Dairn, who pulled a 225-pound bow, was once capturing at me from the ramp the place my cycle used to be parked. I couldn’t remain the place i used to be. I couldn’t get to my motorcycle. Moric will be out of the dorm and again within the online game presently, and Hwyl used to be in the market someplace to boot. To my left, River highway wound prior the parking ramp. To definitely the right, it curved sharply north and went lower than the Washington road bridge. without delay throughout from me a skinny strip of timber masked a steep plunge to the Mississippi. I thought of the alternatives, then, conserving the automobiles among me and the ramp up to attainable, I headed for the bridge. i used to be virtually there while I heard a low, gurgling growl. Intellectually I’d identified Hwyl needs to be round somewhere. Emotionally I’d been pretending he didn’t exist. quite a bit for that. I tapped my shoulder bag. “Mel? ” I whispered. “You nonetheless alive in there? ” A muffled voice responded, “Battered, yet serviceable, Boss. What do you need? ” “Melchior, Redeye. Execute. ” “Executing. ” My visible variety multiplied to the infrared, and that i peered on the hole less than the bridge. A vast, hulking, inhuman form lurked there.

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