By Glen Cook
A tender boy's goals of glory and struggle develop into a sour nightmare as his father's nation is overrun by way of an invading military. misplaced and by myself within the woods, he unearths an historical sword that grants him the power to say his vengeance. As he starts to take that vengeance, he involves notice the cost that the sword will call for of him. Enemies quickly develop into allies and weird bedfellows abound because the prophesies of an age swirl into chaos.
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The priest had sought her out to give her his sympathies on the death of her brother. The only Rederni aside from Tier who had. She hadn’t been quite sure how to deal with a priest—Travelers had little use for the minions of the gods—but he’d seemed like a good person. ” “It must have been more than that,” Seraph said thoughtfully. ” She put them against her face and rubbed against them like a cat, soaking in the warmth that emanated from the battered wood. “Old wooden beads,” she said. “I can’t tell exactly how old, but they’ve been given in love and worn that way for a long, long time.
When she managed it at last, Ushireh’s body sat up in the pyre, and his head turned until he could ﬁx his glowing eyes on her. Seraph shrank back and tried to close her eyes. As if in death he’d acquired the magic he’d so envied her in life, his will kept her from looking away from him. “You left me,” he said. “You left your duty. ” She awoke with a gasp and a cry and was gathered into warm arms and rocked gently. 44 Pa t r i c i a B r i g g s “Shh,” said Tier, “it was a dream. ” She buried her head in his shoulder and gave up a lifetime of self-control to sob raggedly against him.
I won’t tell anyone else,” she said. ” She glanced up at the mountains that towered above the narrow trail and shivered. There were not as many thieves in that part of the Empire as there were in the lands to the east where war had driven men off their lands. But Conex the Tinker, who found the dead body beside the trail, was not so honest as all that. He took everything he could ﬁnd of value: two good boots, a bow, a scorched sword with scraps of ﬂesh still clinging to it (he almost left that but greed outweighed squeamishness in the end), a belt, and a silver ring with a bit of onyx stone set in it.