By Glen Cook
As soon as a amazing state reigned, yet now all is chaos. within the colossal reaches of the wilderness, a tender heretic escapes convinced dying and embarks on a project of insanity and glory. he's El Murid - the Disciple - who vows to carry order, prosperity, and righteousness to the barren region humans of Hammad al Nakir. After 4 lengthy centuries, El Murid is the savior who's destined to construct a brand new empire from the blood his enemies. yet all isn't because it turns out, and the sinister forces pulling the strings of empire come into the sunshine. Who and what lies in the back of El Murid's imaginative and prescient of a wasteland empire?
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We were reading stuff that broke the confines of convention and this fuelled our own rather frenzied but probably feeble efforts as young writers. For all the highfalutin pretensions of that stuff, there was something else going on at the time. We'd both grown up reading fantasy and science fiction. Again, coming at things from two very distinct directions. My earliest serious reading came with the reissue of the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs (those Frazetta covers . ) by Ace and Ballantine; onward to R.
The chieftain glowed in his pride. "And horses? " "Three. Three of our best. We rode hard and swift. And there was a messenger, that we sent to find your father's people, that they might know and make claims. " "He has a long journey. It's yours, Mustaf. All yours. " Mustaf was surprised. "Micah—" "I am El Murid now. Micah al Rhami is no more. He was a boy who died in the desert. " El Murid was surprised that there could be any doubt. "For the sake of the friendship I bore your father, hear me now.
Of course I do," the abbot replied hastily. "I just don't think they reveal themselves to salt merchants' sons. It's the desert madness talking through him. " The abbot looked around. He was not pleased. The whole Shrine was gathering over the boy, and in too many faces there was a desire to believe. "Achmed. Bring me Mustaf el Habib. No. Wait. Ridyah, you found the boy. " A technicality had occurred to the abbot. It looked like the perfect exit from the difficulties the boy was generating. "We can't nurse him here.
A Fortress in Shadow by Glen Cook