Excerpt from Novel I'm working on

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He walked into the great hall built by his mother’s cousin and marveled at the sight, for it was a wonder of fine wooden pillars made from living trees, with their branches cunningly woven hundreds of feet overheard in such a way as to make as tight a roof as ever the earth had seen, yet in appearance be nothing more than a greensward set in the sky. Its walls were made of the finest glass—after the fashion of the Huunites of the south—but a hair’s breadth thick yet stronger than the finest metals, even of those forged by the Pengri in the east. They looked out on the green lands about which rose up to the hall where it sat on top of the ancient hill of Nareatsh Jin. Its floor was patchwork of stones set among grass—the stones polished so smooth and laid so well and the grass so well-tended that one could walk across the floor of the great hall barefoot and blindfolded and fear not a stubbed toe.

From without, the hall had appeared as a giant diamond, the glass walls it’s facets and the trees in between the expert cuts which had formed it. The green leaves which grew on the branches of its roof gave the building an almost whimsical appearance, as if someone had placed a carefully trimmed green wig upon the diamond—as a child might do to turn a rock into her trusted doll.

In his mind’s eye, he could already see the crowds that would fill the grand hall—some three thousands were expected—on the morrow’s night. The great lanterns of the Jin would be lit, giving their wondrous blue light to room and sparkling off the polished surfaces all about. The sparkle of the jewels the ladies would wear would be almost blinding, and the sound of the men’s boots as they danced upon the stones and the sward would fill the ears with joy.