Chapter 9 was actually uploaded several days ago, but it took me a while to find the time to write up the updates. If you are on the mailing list you already received an update. Here's a blurb about the chapter for those of you who aren't on the mailing list --for reasons I cannot understand.
There is a lot that occurs in chapter 9, and it's hard to explain the chapter without giving away a spoiler of some kind. Therefore, instead I shall let you read an excerpt from the chapter. This way you'll be interested in reading more of the book and nothing will be given away.
Closing my eyes, I could not understand what was happening. Next I heard Aldemund scream in agony and then there was the sound of running. I dared to open my eyes, but everything around me continued to look blurry. A man was kneeling beside me; I could not recognize him, and my failing vision did not help me get a better look at him. He spoke words to me, but I could not understand him. Either he was not speaking Romanian or all of the senses in my body were ceasing to work, but it did not matter. In a minute the world went dark around me. The darkness was almost unbearable…
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