Children of Earth and Sky ~ Guy Gavriel Kay
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From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request -- and possibly to do more -- and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, but sent by Seressa as a spy.
The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the accomplished younger son of a merchant family, ambivalent about the life he’s been born to live. And farther east a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif -- to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming.
As these lives entwine, their fates -- and those of many others -- will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world...