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The dragonboy Relkin looks forward to his retirement from the Legion and his impending nuptials. But with the Empire of the Rose weakened by plague, the bloodthirsty Deceiver amasses an army powerful enough to finally destroy his ancient enemies, the High Ones. Relkin and the legendary battledragon Bazil Broketail must make a final stand to protect their world from the most devastating evil imaginable.
dragon gossip. You know that's worthless." "Come on, Relkin, everyone knows you. You must have been well taken care of, you're all clean and so are your clothes." "It's like I keep telling you, I talked this old lady out of jumping from the roof. They were going to give me some food and something to drink. I just conked out as soon as I sat down." When it became apparent that they wouldn't pry anything more out of him, they tired of the sport and went back to the ever-present topic of the
Padmasans stirred eventually, but though they marched up and down on the distant bank of the Oon, they did not attack. Unknown to Urmin, the Padmasan army was quiescent because its general, the great Munth, had been called to a conference with Lord Lapsor. These two now stood on a barren hillock a dozen miles north of the battlefield, overlooking the Oon from the west. The batrukh waited nearby, with the Mesomaster standing beside it. Munth's eyebrows rose at seeing a Mesomaster reduced to
was a surprise to Munth, who blinked, silent. "You have friends in high places General," purred Waakzaam the Deceiver. Munth was captured by the sweet words and sorcerous seduction of the Deceiver. "Thank you, Lord, that is a great relief to hear. I would not want enemies there." "So you will drive home with your army while I tear into the flank. Good, we will break him on this line, and then invade the Argonath." Waakzaam beamed down at the Baguti. Munth might rise high under the rule of the
green stark against the dark night. Thunder cracked and rolled, and the whole sky seemed to quake with the power of it. After a long half minute the green bolt cut off, leaving them startled and temporarily blinded. The thunder roared over the land for a long time while they swallowed and stared around them blinking. At last it shook itself out. Silence returned. They blinked and rubbed their eyes. "Was that what it was like when you saw it, Commander?" said Urmin. "Much more powerful, sir.
"Nor do I, Giles. Perhaps the Lady will tell us when we free her." Chapter Forty Mirk slid away into the dark soon after the sun had set. Lagdalen and the others waited with the horses, for he wanted no distractions. The great fire had died down considerably, and though other fires were lit, the darkness was considerably stronger than before. "Be ready to mount and ride in an instant," said Beruyn. "You think he must fail?" Lagdalen replied softly, not wanting Giles to hear. Beruyn merely