By David Gemmell
The Drenai stronghold had fallen. Now blood-hungry Nadir hordes unfold desolation and depression throughout the entire lands...
...even tiny Gothir, the place slavers seized a tender lady whereas the villagers regarded the opposite way--all however the peasant boy Kiall. His not likely rescue test could lead around the savage steppes and on during the Halls of Hell. The early life may face ferocious beasts, lethal warriors, and demons of the darkish; he might emerge a man--or no longer emerge at all.
But Kiall wouldn't face those hazards by myself. Heroes out of legend joined his quest: Chareos the Blademaster, Beltzer the Axeman, and the bowmen Finn and Maggrig. And one amongst their corporation concealed a mystery that can unfastened the area of Nadir domination. That one was once the Nadir Bane, the desire of the Drenai. That one used to be the Earl of Bronze.
Thus did a look for a stolen slave lady develop into a quest that may shake the very global.
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The two guards seized the man's arms and began to drag him away. ' called the Earl. ' Chareos recognised the tall young villager and eased himself forward to hear him. 'My village was attacked by raiders. Eleven of our women were taken to be sold to the Nadir. ' 'Ah yes, the village. A sad affair,' said the Earl. 'But there is little we can do. ' the man shouted. ' roared the Earl. 'We pay taxes to you, and we look to you for protection. But when we asked for it, your men stayed hidden in a wood while our people were slaughtered.
I do not see them,' Maggrig answered. ' Now Chareos sipped his fruit juice and gazed out of the tall window. He was sitting too far back to see the courtyard and the gardens beyond. But from here he could look over the high wall of the monastery and off into the southern distance, where the forest lay like a green mist on the mountains. His gaze swept across to the east, and the ridges of hills which led to the Nadir Steppes. For a moment only, he felt the touch of icy fear. ' asked the Earl, as if reading his thoughts.
When I came upon you,' he said softly, 'you were lost in thought. ' 'I was thinking of Bel-azar and Tenaka Khan. I was wondering about that last night when he climbed the wall alone and sat with us until the dawn. He talked of his life and his dreams and we spoke of ours. Beltzer wanted to hold him for a hostage, but I overruled him. At dawn he climbed down from the gate-tower and led his force away. ' 'Yes. There was a nobility of spirit. ' 'No. But he was not a man to act without a reason and it has haunted me for years.