By Robin Hobb
Dans le Désert des Pluies, les serpents géants se sont enfermés dans leurs cocons, sous los angeles supervision de l. a. dragonne Tintaglia, pour en émerger, transformés à leur travel en dragons, et assurer l. a. pérennité de leur race. Mais trop vieux, trop affaiblis, ils ne donnent que des créatures difformes, inachevées, incapables de survivre seules sans l’être des humains, qu’ils mettent tant à contribution pour les nourrir que les Marchands du Désert des Pluies décident de s’en débarrasser...
Autour d’eux gravitent Thymara, jeune fille aux mains et aux pieds griffus et palmés, que ses mom and dad n’auraient jamais dû laisser vivre ; Alise, prise entre un époux, riche Marchand qui l. a. délaisse et los angeles méprise, et sa ardour des dragons ; et Leftrin, capitaine de vivenef à l’honnêteté élastique qui tombe sur une bille de bois-sorcier et choisit de los angeles vendre au plus offrant malgré l’interdiction formelle qui pèse sur ce style de trade.
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Phainómena are the visible or apprehendable aspects of things. A phantasía, on the other hand, is a mental image, perhaps our recollection of the appearance of a thing, perhaps drawn from some other source. In Aristotelian thought, the word phantasía also names the faculty by which things are imaged or imagined to be present. The word can also refer to a poet's ability to suggest the presence of things through images. Because this word was tied to appearances and imaginings it was frequently used to refer to instances of imagination unaccompanied by presence: for hallucination, for exaggeration, for inauthenticity.
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