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522 pages ; 25 cm.
"A reluctant warrior on the run with an ancient goddess through a lush world full of wild magic, wondrous creatures, and hidden enemies has only five days to end an oppressive Emperor's reign in this beautiful epic fantasy from the author of The Vanished Birds. In the Land of the Strangled Throat, the people suffer under the rule of a despotic Emperor. His sons, the Three Terrors, despoil the countryside and oppress its citizens. When Keema Daware--a fierce warrior who lost his left arm in battle--finds the lost Moon goddess, who has escaped from her royal imprisonment, at his sentry outpost during a five day celebration of the Emperor, he must make a choice: turn her in and evade the wrath of the Three Terrors, or help her overthrow the government and free a nation"-- Provided by publisher.
The people suffer under the centuries-long rule of the Moon Throne. The royal family--the despotic emperor and his monstrous sons, the Three Terrors--hold the countryside in their choking grip. They bleed the land and oppress the citizens with the frightful powers they inherited from the god locked under their palace. But that god cannot be contained forever. With the aid of Jun, a guard broken by his guilt-stricken past, and Keema, an outcast fighting for his future, the god escapes from her royal captivity and flees from her own children, the triplet Terrors who would drag her back to her unholy prison. And so it is that she embarks with her young companions on a five-day pilgrimage in search of freedom--and a way to end the Moon Throne forever. The journey ahead will be more dangerous than any of them could have imagined.
Online version: Jimenez, Simon. Spear cuts through water. First edition New York : Del Rey,  9780593156605 (DLC) 2021047264
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