By Glen Cook
Sooner than 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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The beast climbed the sky with a sound like that of beating dragon's pinions. " the leader cursed. "Damned! Damned! " "Lightfooted old geezer," someone observed. And Jerrad, "What matter? " The leader raised the bulky Horn. "Yes. We have it now. The keystone of the New Empire. " From high above, distance-attenuated, came a sound that might have been laughter. One: The Years 583-590 afe He Is Entered in the Lists of the World While hooded executioners lifted and set the ornately carven stake, a child wept at their feet.
But, for just a moment, childhood memory stirred. The daydream about the strange knight who would come to rescue her from the Candareen. That memory was as bad as the dreams. It made her question what that innocent child had become; almost a harlot, letting her brothers prostitute her for the advancement of their game. Daily she was forced to endure the indignity of being ravaged by the eyes of the human trash her brothers had given her to rule. A curse on them all, and especially on her brothers for being too lazy to handle their own administration.
Her lips, full and red when she smiled (so rarely), were pulled into a tight, pale line as she pondered something unpleasant. An almost permanent frown-crease rose between her brows. Suddenly she drew out of her slouch, turned, began pacing. Her walk was graceful but asexual. Despite her beauty, she seemed unfeminine, perhaps because she had lived too long in the company of hard men, perhaps because she was always afraid. The evil dreams came to her every night now. But Ravenkrak, not her dreams, haunted her at the moment.
A Cruel Wind: A Chronicle of the Dread Empire by Glen Cook