Bleak Seasons: Book One of the Glittering Stone (Chronicles of The Black Company)

By Glen Cook

"Let me let you know who i'm, at the probability that those scribblings do survive....I am Murgen, usual bearer of the Black corporation, although I undergo the disgrace of getting misplaced that normal in conflict. i'm conserving those Annals simply because Croaker is dead., One-Eye will not, and hardly ever someone else can learn or write. i'll be your consultant for besides the fact that lengthy it takes the Shadowlanders to strength our current problem to its inevitable end..."

So writes Murgen, professional veteran of the Black corporation. the corporate has taken the castle of Stormgard from the evil Shadowlanders, lords of darkness from the a ways reaches of the earth. Now the ready begins.

Exhausted from the siege, beset via sorcery, and tremendously outnumbered, the corporate have risked their souls in addition to their lives to carry their prize. yet this is often the tip of an age, and nice forces are at paintings. the traditional race referred to as the Nyueng Bao swear that historic gods are stirring. the Company's commander has long gone mad and flirts with the forces of darkness. purely Murgen, touched by means of a spell that has set his soul adrift in time, starts off eventually to appreciate the darkish layout that has made pawns of guys and god alike.

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I sat up, crooked a finger. “Let’s see what we’ve stuck. It must be attention-grabbing. ” My men knocked the preserve aside. definite adequate, they became up a part dozen wrinkled little outdated males, brown as chestnuts. “Shadowweavers. operating with the Stranglers. Now isn’t that attention-grabbing? ” The geezers devoured their willingness to give up. We had run into their style ahead of. They by no means have been giant on own heroics. A soldier referred to as Wishbone stated, “These Shadowlanders are becoming stable at this ‘I quit’ stuff. ” He sneered. “Everybody down there has to be training their convenient Taglian words. ” “Except Longshadow,” I reminded. I advised Thai Dei, “Thanks. ” He shrugged, a gesture international to the Nyueng Bao. the realm did contact him sometimes. “Sahra might anticipate it. ” And that was once very Nyueng Bao. He might blame his activities on his sister’s expectancies instead of on any idea of responsibility or legal responsibility or maybe friendship. “What are we purported to do with those men? ” Wishbone requested. “We bought any use for them? ” “Save a pair. The oldest and another. Goblin. You by no means acknowledged what percentage acquired away. ” “Three. That counts Singh yet now not the child. yet we’re going to get one among them 3 again as a result of he’s hiding within the trees correct over there. ” “Collect him. I’ll supply him to the previous guy. ” Sarky One-Eye cracked, “Give them a bit authority, they become box marshals. I have in mind this child whilst he was once so eco-friendly he nonetheless had sheep shit among his feet. He didn’t understand what footwear have been for. ” however the humor wasn’t in his eye. each circulation I made he watched like a hawk. Like a crow, actually, even supposing we had no crows placing round this night. no matter what test Goblin and One-Eye had stepping into that zone was once a whole luck in this time out. Goblin recommended, “Ease up, Murgen. We’ll get the task performed. How approximately a few of you lazy asses toss a pair logs at the fireplace? ” He started to circle the hidden Deceiver within the course contrary that taken through One-Eye. They have been correct. i am getting too severe below pressure. i used to be one thousand years previous already. Surviving Dejagore had now not been effortless. yet the entire remainder of those men had come via that, too. that they had visible Mogaba’s slaughters of innocents. they'd suffered the pestilences and plagues. that they had obvious the cannibalism and human sacrifices, the treacheries and betrayals and all of the leisure. they usually had come away with out letting the nightmares rule them. i must get a deal with on it. i must get a few emotional distance and point of view. yet there's something occurring inside of me that's past my regulate or realizing. occasionally i think like there are numerous of me in there, all combined up, occasionally sitting in the back of the true me observing, looking at. there is no likelihood for me to get better entire sanity and balance. Goblin got here strutting again. He and One-Eye followed a guy who was once now not even more than dermis and bones. Few Deceivers are more healthy nowadays. they've got no buddies at any place. they're hunted like vermin. large bounties experience on their shoulders. Goblin flashed his toadlike grin.

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