Bleak Seasons: Book One of the Glittering Stone (Chronicles of The Black Company)
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So writes Murgen, seasoned veteran of the Black Company. The Company has taken the fortress of Stormgard from the evil Shadowlanders, lords of darkness from the far reaches of the earth. Now the waiting begins.
Exhausted from the siege, beset by sorcery, and vastly outnumbered, the Company have risked their souls as well as their lives to hold their prize. But this is the end of an age, and great forces are at work. The ancient race known as the Nyueng Bao swear that ancient gods are stirring. the Company's commander has gone mad and flirts with the forces of darkness. Only Murgen, touched by a spell that has set his soul adrift in time, begins at last to comprehend the dark design that has made pawns of men and god alike.
observation about Ash Wand’s provenance. What the hell? I was confused. And getting more than a little paranoid myself. Had I come back to my own world after my most recent seizure? In Taglian as passable as I recalled him having, Uncle Doj shot quick, amiable questions at the Deceiver. They were questions of the sort most people answer without thought. We learned that the man had a family but his wife had died in childbirth. Then he realized he was being manipulated and controlled his tongue.
landscape from a height unattainable anywhere in Dejagore, even atop the citadel, where Old Crew guys were not welcome anymore. “Never mind, runt. I’d like to kick your ass but it wouldn’t do any good now. So you were out there. What became of Widowmaker and Lifetaker?” While I was arranging a quieter life for our leader those two vanished without a trace. I wondered how Mogaba would write all this if he was keeping the Annals. “One-Eye?” “What?” Now he sounded irritated. “You want to answer
He was crazy. * * * One-Eye and Goblin eased us past bands of both Jaicuri and Taglians. We skirmished with the Jaicuri twice, our numbers and sorcery telling quickly. The light of scattered fires set scary shadows dancing everywhere. What a time for the Shadowmaster to send his monsters out to play. We encountered barricades erected to protect the soldiers trying to open the gate. This time we faced Nar as well as Taglians. A lot of shouting went back and forth. Some of their Gunni
He helped Sahra. She acknowledged his courtesy with a dazzling smile. “Thanks, Clete. See you tomorrow night.” “Right. Round up some cattle and dancing girls.” “I’ll check around.” “Kneel down. You got to keep the center of gravity low so the damned thing don’t tip.” I glanced around. We were ready to go. Six Nyueng Bao men were aboard. They would paddle over. Five would bring the raft back. Other than them, Rudy and I and one gimp Nyueng Bao about fifty were the only adult males aboard.
level. For an instant I thought I saw something huge and catlike slipping past. The man was one of the Shadar patrolmen the Liberator had employed to roam the streets after dark, maintaining order and keeping a watch for outsiders of dubious provenance. Laughter came from the darkness across the way. The patrolman was not doing a good job. I was supposed to be one of the good guys here. She was one of the dubious strangers. I was in Taglios! I smelled smoke. The lantern? No. The odor came