A Shadow of All Night Falling (Dread Empire) by Glen Cook

By Glen Cook

Across the mountains known as the Dragon's enamel, past the chilliness succeed in of the Werewind and the fires of the world's starting, above the partitions of the citadel Fangdred, stands Windtower. From this lonely hold the famous person Rider calls forth the struggle that even wizards dread, fought for a woman's hundred-lifetime love. a lady referred to as Nepanthe, princess to the Stormkings…

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Self counts up swag. Have now ten kronen and more, one month's wages. Goes on thus, every day of year. Self, being frugal, suddenly am as wealthy as wealthiest laugher at imbecilic preacher. Hai! Then self is laugher! But silent, very silent. " Saltimbanco chuckled at his fooling those who thought him a fool, then realized he was growing too relaxed. He was revealing his penchant for the accumulation of money. Fear-wolves howled in the back of his mind. He was a professional, yes, but never had learned to banish emotion in tight situations.

Lastly, too late to have hopes of being in at the kill, came an aging beauty wailing like a Harpy deprived of prey (Mocker, too, had wailed at her price for playing his mythical wife). The cavalcade thundered through the gate and north, the fat man laughing madly. Presently, having lost the thief, the disgruntled pursuers returned. Out in the countryside, a laughing fat scoundrel trotted his new chariot up the road to Iwa Skolovda. As soon as safety was apparent, Saltimbanco began vacillating. Each wayside spring was an excuse for loitering.

But I wouldn't get involved with anyone important. The village priest, maybe. " "I see you've already decided, so what can I say? Let's tell him, then. " "Across the square watching the boys play handball. " "No, no, let me. I'm getting stiff. Mind you watch the tomatoes. Some of these young things are dazzlers. They'll steal you blind while you're trying to get a peek down an open blouse. " She stepped between empty tomato crates, past the remainder of the squash, started across the square. Soon she returned, disturbed.

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