By David Gemmell

Winged demons assemble, silent and unseen, above the town of united states, their talons lengthy and sharp. Their function is obvious, as is the prophesy: Upon the deaths of the 3 kings, the demon riders of the Krayakin turns into flesh, loose to slake their thirst with human blood - and the stench of evil will hide the land.  Two of the kings are already useless. For the prophesy to be fulfilled, spreading carnage the world over, the Demon Lord needs to sacrifice the 3rd king: Queen Axiana's unborn child.When Emperor Skanda disbands his military, the pregnant queen takes flight, pursued by means of the Lords of the Undead. All desire lies with 3 old heroes, although discarded by means of the emperor, they're nonetheless Drenai squaddies: Bison the large, Kebra the bowman, and the nice swordsman Nogusta - the Demon Lord's maximum foe. yet will those warriors - as soon as the easiest within the land - be sufficient to stem the tide of grotesque horror that threatens to envelop the realm?

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You and the queen stand protected by a few soldiers. Three old men and a youngster are all that stand between you and a terrible evil. The clue here, I believe is the person you are protecting. Axiana is obviously one of the Three. It makes sense, since her father was the first. ' He smiled and spread his hands. ' He shook his head. ' 'You did not mention the white crow,' she pointed out. 'No,' he said, sadly. 'Nor did I need to. ' 'Aye, I know,' she said, wearily. She gazed around the temple, unwilling to leave its quiet sanctuary.

The last of the winter could be felt now that the sun had gone down, and the temperature was barely above freezing. Lifting his head he scented the night, the city smells, hot food, spicy and rich, smoke from wood fires, the musty human scents left by the crowd. The last vision had left him on edge. It was like the night before a battle, when the air is charged with tension. Pausing in the Lantern Market he stopped at a stall and examined the wares, glazed pottery and necklaces of jade. He glanced back the way he had come.

Something cold touched his back, like the whisper of a frozen wind. He stood and turned, expecting to see the door or the window open. But they were closed tight. ' he asked the silent men. They did not answer him. Kebra was sitting on his bed, his face stony, his pale eyes glaring at Bison. Suddenly an icy chill enveloped the room, the heat from the fire dying away. Nogusta stared at the flames, which were high and bright. No warmth came from them. The only heat he could feel was radiating from the crescent moon charm upon his breast.

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