An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat by Glen Cook

By Glen Cook

Glen prepare dinner has been heralded because the godfather of contemporary heroic fable; his impression at the style is unquestionable. yet lengthy ahead of Garrett, P.I., prior to The Instrumentalities of the evening, sooner than 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, unfamiliar beings, and uncooked, wrong 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 never-ending wilderness lands of Hammad al Nakir, from besieged Kavelin to potent Shinshan, the Empire Unacquainted with Defeat, with its fearless, masked infantrymen, referred to as the Demon Guard...

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I His name was Tain and he was a man to beware. The lacquered armor of the Dread Empire rode in the packs on his mule. The pass was narrow, treacherous, and, therefore, little used. The crumbled slate lay loose and deep, clacking underfoot with the ivory-on-ivory sound of punji counters in the senyo game. More threatened momentary avalanche off the precarious slopes. A cautious man, Tain walked. He led the roan gelding. His mule's tether he had knotted to the roan's saddle. An end to the shale walk came.

Toma's coming. " Tain watched her walk away and again chastised himself for unworthy thoughts. She had been beautiful once, and would be still but for the meanness of her life. Toma arrived wearing an odd look. Tain feared the man had divined his thoughts. But, "The Caydarmen went after Kosku last night. " Tain snorted. "Good for him. " He glanced at the second man. " "Sure. In a couple minutes. " Tain extended his hand. "Good to meet you. " Laughter wrinkled the corners of Mikla's eyes. He was a lean, leathery man, accustomed to facing hard weather.

The Crown sent Baron Caydar to protect us from the tribes. " "The tribes don't bother anyone, Rula. They never did. Hywel goes out of his way to avoid trouble.  . " "They know everything. People tell on each other. " "Because they're scared. " Tain delivered the meal to table. He asked, "Who are the Caydarmen? " Toma spat. "Crown wouldn't let Caydar bring regulars. He recruited Trolledyngjans who escaped when the Pretender overthrew the Old House up there. " The problem was taking shape. Baron Caydar would be, no doubt, a political exile thrust into an impossible position by his enemies.

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