By Glen Cook

Glen cook dinner has been heralded because the godfather of contemporary heroic myth; his impact at the style is unquestionable. yet lengthy ahead of Garrett, P.I., ahead of The Instrumentalities of the evening, prior to The Black corporation, there has been The Dread Empire... The Dread Empire, a gritty global of larger-than-life plots, nation-shattering clash, maddening magic, unknown creatures, and uncooked, mistaken heroes, all proven in the course of the filter out of Cook's inimitable war-correspondent prose. The Dread Empire, spanning from the top peaks of the Dragon's the teeth to the unending wasteland lands of Hammad al Nakir, from besieged Kavelin to potent Shinshan, the Empire Unacquainted with Defeat, with its fearless, masked squaddies, referred to as the Demon Guard...

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Caydarman? " Toma didn't respond. He seemed distraught. He remained silent throughout breakfast. The visual cues indicated a state of extreme anxiety. He regained his good humor only after he and Tain had worked on the new house for hours, and then his chatter was inconsequential. He wouldn't open up. Tain asked no questions. Neither Toma nor Rula mentioned his departure. Toma soured with each building suggestion, then brightened once it had been implemented. Day's end found less of the structure standing, yet the improvement in what remained had Toma bubbling.

This ought to be enough water. " He glanced at the sky. "Going to rain," he said as they went inside. "Uhm," Toma grunted. He finished one jar and started another. Tain smiled thinly. Kleckla wouldn't be going out tonight. He turned his smile on Rula. She smiled back. "Maybe you'd better sleep here. " "I'll be all right. " "Old habits die hard. " He paused at the door. " He ducked into the night. Misty raindrops kissed his cheeks. A rising wind quarreled with itself in the grove. He performed the Soldier's Ritual, then lay back on the straw pallet he had fashioned.

Rula-thinking had prevailed amongst most of Toma's disciples. They had admitted defeat and ventured west again, along paths littered with the parched bones of fleeting hope. Toma was stubborn. Toma persisted. Toma's bones would lie beside those of his dreams. " Toma regarded him with eyes of iron. " Toma's eyes tightened. He was a proud man. Tain had dealt with stiff-necked superiors for ages. He pursued his offer without showing a hint of criticism. And soon Toma relaxed, responded. "Take a look after breakfast," he suggested.

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