A Cruel Wind: A Chronicle of the Dread Empire by Glen Cook

By Glen Cook

Sooner than there has been Black corporation, there has been the Dread Empire, an omnibus assortment the 1st 3 Dread Empire novels: A Shadow of All Night's Falling, October's child and All Darkness Met.

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Yes, Milord. " "Perfectly, so far. But the end remains to be seen," Valther replied. "We've got the hardest part to do. " Arriving as Valther and Ridyeh were opening the city gate, Turran and the others found the door of the Tower of the Moon held by a single guard. " The watchman inclined his head, said, "Tomorrow night, maybe. Not tonight. He's tied up in a Defense Council meeting. " Lonely posts make men eager for company. This watchman was no exception. Leaning forward, whispering, he confided, "Ravenkrak is supposed to be stirring up the rabble.

The King's bailiffs came, reassessed the taxes. Royal and the old woman scarcely noticed. " He was polite enough, never a bother, and loving in a doleful way, but he never spoke—though sometimes, late at night, Royal heard him crying in his room. They grew accustomed to his silence, and, in time, stopped trying to get him to talk. Perhaps, they reasoned, he had never obtained the faculty. Such afflictions weren't uncommon in a city as harsh as Ilkazar. In winter, with snows on the ground, the family remained indoors.

His right rubbed the few tears still escaping his eyes. But he was silent now, watching like a small idol. " Royal spoke softly, uncertainly. The suggestion closely skirted a matter painful for both of them. " "Yes, Mama. But we have none of our own. " He didn't say, but she understood, that he preferred passing his property to anyone but the King, who would inherit if there were no heirs. " "No. But this one is a charge Death put on us. Can we ignore Her? Moreover, haven't we hoped through our springs and summers, into our autumns, hopelessly, when the tree couldn't bear?

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