By Glen Cook
Piper Hecht’s first and maximum key is that he is familiar with easy methods to kill gods. What’s no longer a key is that he knows how to win wars Piper Hecht’s secrets and techniques make him harmful, yet his ability and his reputation positioned him in danger—from his enemies, who worry what he may possibly do, or who wish revenge for what he has already performed; and from his acquaintances, who are looking to use his army gifts for their very own reasons. His sister Heris and his residing ancestor Cloven Februaren, the 9th Unknown, have made Hecht half of their struggle opposed to the go back of the darkish god Kharoulke the Windwalker. whilst, the half-mad Empress Katrin desires him to steer the armies of the Grail Empire eastward on a campaign against his outdated coreligionists the Praman. in the meantime, throughout them, the realm is altering. The winters are becoming longer and more durable each year, and the seas are getting shallower. The some distance north and the excessive mountain levels are going lower than the ice, and quickly. The Wells of energy, in every single place, keep getting weaker. And the outdated evils, the Instrumentalities from the Time sooner than Time, have all started to ooze again into the realm. As ever, the genius of Glen Cook’s storytelling lies in his universal touch: in infantrymen who're like genuine squaddies, in women and men who love and snigger and sweat, with actual hopes and actual fears, united merely of their decision to stand the oncoming evening.
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The flattering crap went on and on. Piper Hecht was not one to be turned and shaped by that. But he let it play. And composed an equally florid, disingenuous, and dishonest response. Yes. … Time and place, Katrin’s choice. Katrin’s request was echoed by Princess Helspeth in her brief letter. Which he read over and over, looking for the slightest nuance. * * * In one hour Hecht would present himself to the woman who, at the moment, was the most powerful ruler in the western world. He was trapped in speculations about what might be on her mind.
The water in the moat was in motion. Water was not relevant. An arrow slammed into the artifact’s chest. It drove through till fourteen inches protruded from his back. The shaft was thick, oak, tipped with armor-piercing iron. Krepnight, the Elect, rocked back after the impact, then just sat petrified in his saddle. Brittle cold air swirled round him. He felt every breath. He could do nothing. Two old men came across the drawbridge. One carried an iron shovel, the other a rusty bill. Shovel man took the reins of the divine artifact’s mount and led him away, the horse quaking in terror.
Why did the Empress want to meet away from her palace? The grandeur there would overawe a beetle like Piper Hecht. Madouc opined, “She knows you’ve seen Krois. You’ve seen the Chiaro Palace and the Castella dollas Pontellas. Her palace wouldn’t intimidate you. And she might want to be away from all the eyes and spies that go with a palace. Here she can talk with only a few noses poking in. ” Rumor had King Jaime making himself thoroughly unpopular by acting like he was in charge. Katrin supposedly would not admit his bad behavior but had taken steps to neutralize it.