By Glen Cook
As soon as a strong state reigned, yet now all is chaos. within the mammoth reaches of the wasteland, a tender heretic escapes definite demise and embarks on a undertaking of insanity and glory. he's El Murid - the Disciple - who vows to deliver order, prosperity, and righteousness to the wasteland humans of Hammad al Nakir. After 4 lengthy centuries, El Murid is the savior who's destined to construct a brand new empire from the blood his enemies. yet all isn't because it turns out, and the sinister forces pulling the strings of empire come into the sunshine. Who and what lies in the back of El Murid's imaginative and prescient of a wasteland empire?
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He was four years older than this naive boy. Those years were an unbridgeable gulf of experience. He did have the manners to refrain from laughing. "Open the flap a crack, Meryem. " She did so, and said, "We should bring him something to eat. " "Nothing heavy. " Nassef had seen victims of the desert before. " "All right. Rest easy, foundling. We'll be right back. " He followed his sister from the tent. Meryem paused twenty feet away. " "About the angel? " "I believe it, too, Nassef. In a way. Because I want to.
They were no longer bearing the Truth to the nations. The angel would answer no questions. He merely castigated the children of Hammad al Nakir for having allowed the minions of the Dark One to blunt their will to carry the Truth. Four centuries before the birth of Micah al Rhami there was a city, Ilkazar, which established dominion over all the west. But its kings were cruel, and too often swayed by the whims of sorcerers interested only in advancing themselves. An ancient prophecy haunted the wizards of Ilkazar.
It's not their way. " "There is a small amount in gold and silver. " "One man. And my son Nassef was wounded. That boy! You should have seen him! He was a lion! My pride knows no bounds. That such a son should have sprung from my loins! A lion of the desert, my Nassef. He will be a mighty warrior. If he outlives youth's impetuosity. " The chieftain glowed in his pride. "And horses? " "Three. Three of our best. We rode hard and swift. And there was a messenger, that we sent to find your father's people, that they might know and make claims.
A Fortress in Shadow by Glen Cook