By Alex Archer
Annja Creed jumps on the probability to affix a fellow archaeologist on a quest to discover a relic. yet she's now not so overjoyed approximately northern Siberia, the place they're hoping to find whatever buried within the long-undisturbed soil of Russia's frozen terrain. after they achieve the city of Jakutsk, Annja is cast off through its grey panorama and hugely superstitious population. They declare they're being hunted. Then one of many villagers is going missing.
The locals blame the Khosadam, a ghost of a fallen goddess stated to ingest the souls of the departed. yet there are not any clean graves. She is now looking the dwelling. whilst Annja seeks to wreck the apparition, she discovers a fair extra scary truth—and could have hit a lifeless end.
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Kill him. and prevent this insanity. ” Mischa smiled. “You can relatively be cutthroat if you happen to are looking to be, huh? ” “I imagine it’s precious as a consequence. ” “Perhaps, however the revenue is just too substantial. ” “And what approximately your males who have been killed? They won’t be the one ones. And while Dzerchenko thinks he can get the higher of you, he'll attempt it. you may even die by the hands of 1 of this stuff. ” Mischa nodded. “It’s an opportunity I’m keen to take. ” “I want you wouldn’t. ” “What you would like isn’t an element the following. ” Annja took a breath. “All correct, then. ” Dzerchenko seemed at Mischa’s shoulder. “Are all of us set the following? ” Mischa glared at him. “I informed you to attend over there. ” Dzerchenko smiled. “Forgive an previous guy his ardour for operating an open wound. ” His eyes twinkled and Annja hated him all of the extra. “You’re scum,” she stated. Dzerchenko bowed. “Thank you. ” He stood and checked out Mischa. “Has she instructed you approximately her magical sword but? ” Mischa’s eyes opened. “What? ” “She has a sword she will summon at will. ” Mischa checked out Annja. “Is this precise? ” Annja shook her head. “I advised you you wouldn’t manage to belief this man. He’s insane and he’s already mendacity to you. ” Mischa eyed Annja and taken his gun up. “This sword…show it to me. ” forty-one Annja seemed into Mischa’s eyes. “There isn't any sword. Dzerchenko is making it up in an effort to achieve want with you. ” “How might mendacity achieve him any prefer with me? ” “If he's in a position to persuade you that i've got a sword and that i let you know I don’t, he’ll simply accuse me of mendacity till you get offended with me. At that time, you’ll most likely shoot me and he'll get precisely what he wants—me useless. ” Mischa smiled. “Your brain works rather well, doesn’t it? ” “I don't know. in recent times, it’s been getting me right into a lot of difficulty. ” Mischa checked out Dzerchenko. “I’m vulnerable to think her. She hasn’t lied to me but. ” “That’s simply because you’re permitting your self to be wiled through a gorgeous lady. ” Annja frowned. “Thanks for the backhanded praise. ” Dzerchenko overlooked her. “Don’t enable her idiot you. she will be able to summon it at will. She used it to kill the fellow I despatched to kill her. ” Mischa smiled. “All correct, if she’s bought a sword, the place the hell is it? ” Dzerchenko frowned. “I don’t recognize. she will be able to summon it forth at will, although. ” “So it just…appears? ” Mischa requested “Yes! ” Dzerchenko acknowledged. Mischa chuckled. “You become aware of how loopy that sounds? particularly coming from a guy of technological know-how? I wouldn’t imagine that you’d fall for that superstitious mumbo jumbo so simply. ” “It’s no longer loopy. I observed it. ” Mischa leaned with reference to him. “Could be time to get your eyes looked at. ” Dzerchenko became away. “Fine. ” Mischa seemed again at Annja. “Don’t fear approximately him. Are you prepared to get going? ” Annja nodded. “We are. ” “All correct, then—” As Mischa endured speaking, Dzerchenko without warning let loose a bloodcurdling scream and introduced himself into the air. Annja observed all of it occur as though in sluggish movement. She observed the depraved knife Dzerchenko had in his arms. She closed her eyes and summoned the sword. As Dzerchenko got here down, Annja deflected the blade after which pivoted, shedding as she did so.