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

By Glen Cook

Ahead of 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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These people came off the page in a fascinating way. Mocker in particular—I loved that character, his complex motivation and his basic humanity. There was also a talent Cook had for micro- and macro-level action and plain-spoken dialogue that made the stylization of much of heroic fantasy look flat and false. Not to mention that the series grew ever more complex as it progressed, with All Darkness Met demonstrating an amazing ability to juggle storylines, characters, and subtle intrigue. What also struck me was just how weird and alien these books were—they didn't evoke the twee fussiness of Tolkien or the kind of fey detail of McKillip at all.

You're right on time. " "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.

His face brightened at the suggestion of theft. He answered himself, "Hai! When stared in face by fangy-toothed necessity, this obesity is capable of all things. Wife? Hai! " He was silent for a long moment, then looked up, selected a half-dozen youngsters, motioned them closer. Loungers by the Dragon Gate, of which there were ever hosts ready to fleece unwary travelers, were treated to an unusual spectacle the following morning. A fat brown man in an ornate racing chariot, emblazoned with the arms of a powerful noble family, hastily fled the city.

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