By Dave Duncan
Elite warrior swordsmen, they're unmatched in any time or realm . . . The King's Blades The King has decreed that new Blades has to be sworn into the carrier of the Grand Duke Rubin, deposed via a bad usurper and presently at the run. yet not one of the tough youths being readied at Ironhall own the seasoning to outlive what greater, extra expert Blades have already got now not. nonetheless, woefully unprepared applicants are approached with a proposal of early bonding and possible loss of life: deft yet dense, impolite Ranter, and keen, impetuous Ringwood . . . with a 3rd, the insufficient swordsman yet most likely capable undercover agent Bellman, enlisted into their threadbare ranks. becoming a member of the Duke's entourage besides the brave and prescient White Sister Trudy, the would-be champions needs to fix a rightful ruler to the throne or die within the method. yet prior to them waits a military of the lifeless. And the Duke whom the Blades needs to guard to the final drop in their lifeblood isn't the liege they imagined . . .
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Grand Master bowed to him also. ” Baron von Fader was one of the fattest men he had ever seen, waddling behind a grotesquely overhanging belly. His rubicund face had sagged into pouches and sulky folds, his beard and hair were white, wispy, and longer than Chivian fashion allowed. He bore a cumbersome saber on a baldric, which he had to remove before sinking into his host’s favorite chair, bulging out of it in all directions. How had he ever managed the long ride from Grandon? How had his mounts coped?
Be silent! He tried to help you and you insulted him. He gets the option because I have the option to give in this case. ” Grand Master turned back to Ringwood and saw dismay. ” The boy flushed. “I’m not afraid of shadows! ” True, but what in the world was going through his young head? Lord Roland glanced at Tancred, who shrugged, and then at the unfortunate Ranter, scowling as he waited to hear his fate. “Apart from the shadowmen, the Duke has lost his dukedom. He is dispossessed. Powerful enchanters are trying to kill him.
Not so far as . . I believe there are some screens in the cellars that are brought up whenever a lady binds—” “Surely, Master,” Ringwood said, “if our ward wishes privacy, Ranter and I can wait outside? ” The tubby man was flustered now. ” “Er . ” Ranter dropped his shirt on the floor. “The porch at the top of the stairs is part of the Forge,” Ringwood said hastily. “We shall wait in there until Your Highness summons us. ” He turned Master of Rituals around and pushed him toward the steps. ” Ranter scowled and pulled his hose up again.