The Desert (Spider World, Book 1)

By Colin Wilson

Mankind as soon as governed planet Earth, smugly ignoring the tiny creatures crawling underfoot. Then got here the cosmic disaster which placed guy on the mercy of the enormous spiders, icily clever conquerors armed with extraordinary brain powers. Now, the fight for survival begins...
The demise Lord spiders rule the Earth, herding people like farm animals. a number of tribes of unfastened women and men live within the desolate tract, hiding underground, residing by way of their wits. Now, a tender warrior named Niall starts an epic look for the secrets and techniques of the spiders - secrets and techniques which would supply humanity a struggling with likelihood opposed to the overlords...

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He says he is frightened approximately his relatives. yet that is no this is why you mustn't remain. " "I'd wish to sir. " "You might? strong! " A defend approached them and saluted the king. Kazak stated: "Look, i am busy in the interim, yet why do not you move and consult Merlew. you will likely locate her on my own. " "Thank you, sir! " The king's residing used to be storeys excessive, the most door approached by way of a brief flight of steps. The safeguard who was once status within the doorway stood apart to permit Niall to go into. He chanced on himself in a large front corridor supported by means of pillars of stone; the partitions have been coated with dyed curtains in royal eco-friendly. A dozen lamps made it virtually as brilliant as day. There appeared to be nobody approximately. He crossed to a curtained doorway and peeped in. the massive, cozy room had rushes at the ground and wood carved furnishings; it used to be additionally lit through many lamps. yet there has been not anyone there. To the correct of the doorway corridor used to be a flight of stairs. status on the backside of those, Niall notion he might listen voices. He hesitated -- it appeared fallacious to stroll round a persons' condo like this -- then remembered that he had the king's permission. His naked ft made no sound at the stone steps. He came upon himself in a low, well-lit hall, with a number of curtained doors to the perfect and left. From at the back of this kind of got here the sound of women's voices. Niall approached it hesitantly, and was once approximately to name: "Is anyone there? " while he heard the sound of a woman's snort. He regarded it instantly; it used to be Ingeld's voice. back, he was once tempted to retreat. yet as he became away, he heard the sound of his personal identify. As he hesitated, Ingeld went on: "It wasn't his fault. I blame his father and brother. " Merlew's voice requested: "How did it ensue? " "I have no idea. they would not inform me. that is what makes me suspicious. you'll imagine they would inform a lady how her husband and son met their deaths. " "Perhaps they did not are looking to disenchanted you. " "Upset me! " Ingeld's voice was once incredulous. "Do you're thinking that they might care! i'm going to let you know whatever. They virtually left me to die in that castle at the most sensible of the plateau. " "Oh no! What occurred? " "I cannot stand heights, and while I seemed down all these steps, I felt dizzy. so that they simply became their backs on me and walked off. " "That's disgraceful! And what did you do? " "I simply needed to shut my eyes and keep on with them. They have been already out of sight and that i could not undergo the idea of all these terrible spiders. " Merlew sounded really offended. "They will not deal with a lady like that. " Ingeld snorted. "They do not know tips to deal with a girl! they are savages. " there has been a brooding silence, and Niall felt it was once time to withdraw. He used to be already ashamed at having overheard rather a lot. yet as he grew to become away, he heard Ingeld say: "You appear to just like the boy. " "What makes you are saying that? " "The approach you have been wrestling with him this morning. . . " Merlew's voice stated coldly: "I have no idea what you suggest. Wrestling is certainly one of our customs. " "The king idea you discovered him appealing. " "Attractive! That thin boy! you want to be joking!

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