By David Gemmell
Chaos and terror stalked the area. The king were slain by means of traitors, and the sword of energy have been misplaced past the Circle of Mist. Armies of Saxons, Angles, Jutes, and Brigantes minimize a gory swath around the land, led by way of puppets of the ruthless Witch Queen--whose minions incorporated darkish, bloodthirsty creatures and a savage, undead warrior.
All wish lay with younger Thuro--in whose veins flowed the blood of kings. He must defeat the Witch Queen's monsters and commute to the land of the Mist, there to hunt a ghostly military. And the one one that may perhaps organize Thuro to accomplish his birthright was once the mountain warrior Culain, the only guy who knew the queen's lethal mystery . . .
The legend of the mystic Stones of strength starts off with a story of blood and glory, of affection and betrayal, as a boy needs to come of age amidst the doubtless very unlikely quest to turn into the excessive King.
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Her warrior escorts dragged her back. Three more warriors held down Klaars as the healer knelt with a cloth and bound the spurting stump. He placed a stick in the rag and twisted it until the tourniquet shut off the blood flow. 28 Fancis Lebaron Orim fought the warriors who hauled her away. She stared in horror at Klaars's maimed body. "No! You monster! " Is-Shada was suddenly there, wrapping Orim in a tight embrace. Even as the warriors pinned Orim's arms, the young woman held her tightly, patting her back and whispering soothingly in her ear.
I said due ceremony—" "In Mercadia, we do not bury our trash, we dump it," came the bland reply. "They aren't garbage! " Gerrard shouted, struggling against his chains. A trident jabbed beneath his neck, piercing shallowly. Gerrard stilled to keep the points from digging deeper. " the captain sniffed. "Your shackles would say otherwise. No, the bargain is good. The wounded are treated. The dead are disposed of. There is no more cause for delay. " ***** The procession wound across the land to the north.
A donkey might like your wine," Gerrard agreed. More shouts indecipherable, more threats, more bluster... Gerrard leaned conspiratorially toward the captain of the guard to whisper in his ear (in fact, he extended shackled hands to Atalla, who quickly tried key after key). " Giving an inarticulate cry of rage, the captain raised his trident to skewer the merchant. Metal lanced downward. The wine seller squealed and rolled back on his round haunch. The shackles fell from Gerrard's wrists. He snatched the trident in the air before it could fall and brought its butt swinging about.
Ghost King (Stones of Power, Book 1) by David Gemmell