The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul (Shadow Warrior saga Book 1)
Jon F. Merz
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Book One in an exciting new series, the Shadow Warrior saga.
In the fog-enshrouded peaks of the island nation of Nehan, Ran, a newly-minted shadow warrior is set loose on a musha shugyo, a wandering quest, whereby he must travel alone and hone his skills. Journeying aboard a merchant vessel, Ran hears tales of a mysterious lord believed to have the dead for his servants.
Soon these tales prove all too real as Ran comes to the aid of Jysal, a beautiful sorceress, whose undeveloped power gives her the ability to heal a land -- or destroy it. But the Lord Kan-Gul also covets Jysal's power. And when Kan-Gul sends a army of the undead to take Jysal by force, Ran is faced with the ultimate warrior's choice: save himself, or face down a horde of enemies that cannot be killed for the simple reason that they are already dead!
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“But I was held back by fear of the unknown. The consequences of using it scared me. It didn’t help that Neviah filled my head with all of these crazy images and thoughts of what might happen.” “She was only trying to protect you,” said Ran. “You can’t blame her.” “If I’d used magic earlier, she might still be alive.” “Or she might not,” said Ran. “You can’t blame yourself for her death. Neviah never stopped trying to help us. The attempt she made on Kan-Gul’s life shocked even me.” “She was
really his uncle. Even now as he worked with the wire, he saw Nakadai’s face in his memory, the older Shinobujin sitting on the stone floor surrounded by all manner of locks and picks, scattered metal bits and filings. Back then, Ran had doubted his ability to ever pick a lock. Nakadai had first demanded to see his fingers. “Show me what you have so I may know what I am working with.” Ran had splayed his fingers, and Nakadai took each in his hands, prodding and eventually nodding to himself.
staged as a trap. Make it look like the harbor was deserted in order to entice Ran down. Malkyr certainly knew what Ran could do, having seen him in action at the castle. Perhaps they wanted him out of the way first. Ran wondered if the others had seen him captured. If he was still on the raider ship, it didn’t seem likely. But they probably knew something was wrong; Ran had been gone for a while. Kancho would be the first to move, he decided. The older warrior would no doubt sense something
about and head back in. We’re going back into the inner harbor.” Ran frowned. If the raider ship headed back into the harbor, then they’d have no chance of escaping from Malkyr and Kan-Gul. Ran peeked out and noted that the two skiffs were already maneuvering their way back toward the portcullis, riding swells and steering with their oars to reach the relative calm of the channel. The raider ship was now also turning about. Ran felt the skiff lift and then fall as another swell nearly sent it
aloft. His stomach lurched, reminding him of his seasickness when Malkyr first sailed them across the Dark Sea. He choked back the urge to retch and steeled his will. They couldn’t afford to have the raider return to the harbor. If they were going to act, they’d have to do so now. CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO As the raider swung about and headed back to the channel, Ran made his move. He came out from under the tarp and reached for the rope that held the skiff to the stern of the raider ship.