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By John Gwynne

The Banished Lands are engulfed in conflict and chaos.
The crafty Queen Rhin has conquered the west and excessive King Nathair has the cauldron, strongest of the seven treasures. At his again stands the scheming Calidus and a warband of the Kadoshim, dread demons of the Otherworld. They plan to carry Asroth and his host of the Fallen into the realm of flesh, yet to take action they want the seven treasures. Nathair has been deceived yet now he understands the reality. He has offerings to make, offerings that would make certain the destiny of the Banished Lands.
Elsewhere the flame of resistance is growing to be - Queen Edana reveals allies within the swamps of Ardan. Maquin is unfastened in Tenebral, hunted by way of Lykos and his corsairs. the following he'll witness the delivery of a uprising in Nathair's personal realm.
Corban has been swept alongside through the tide of warfare. He has suffered, misplaced household, sought basically defense from the darkness. yet he'll run not more. He has noticeable the face of evil and he has set his will to struggle it. The query is, how?
With a disparate band accrued approximately him - his relatives, pals, giants, fanatical warriors, an angel and a conversing crow he starts the adventure to Drassil, the fabled fort hidden deep within the center of Forn wooded area. For in Drassil lies the spear of Skald, one of many seven treasures, and the following it's prophesied that the intense famous person will stand opposed to the Black Sun.

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There’s a chest packed with silver in that roundhouse. carry it out. ’ Camlin checked out Baird, then again into the roundhouse. He stared at Lorcan, who checked out him in horror, lifted the blanket off the chest he used to be sitting upon and kicked it together with his heel. It chinked. all people within the room stared at him. Asroth’s stones. and that i name myself a thief. I’m ashamed. ‘Bring out the chest,’ Morcant known as impatiently. ‘Some help,’ Baird shouted again, then shrugged at Camlin. Morcant gestured to 2 warriors. ‘Go fetch it for me. ’ the soldiers rode in the direction of the roundhouse. ‘Baird, Vonn, how’s that bolt-hole coming? ’ Camlin snapped. ‘Nearly there,’ Vonn hissed. They heard horses come to a stand outdoor the roundhouse, boots hit the floor. Footsteps. No time now. every person scrambled for the darkish corners of the room, hiding in the back of an overturned desk, chairs, whatever. Camlin shoved Edana at the back of him and drew his knife. The wood doorways creaked open. It was once nightfall now, nearly darkish within the roundhouse. A susceptible wash of sunshine filtered a bit manner into the room, silhouetting the soldiers as they strode inside of. Camlin allow them to take a number of steps in, out of sight from the sq., then leaped forwards, one hand clamping over a mouth, his knife plunging right into a again, cutting among ribs, puncturing a lung. The warrior in his grip stiffened, hissed. Camlin stabbed back, and back. the opposite warrior used to be turning, sword already part out of its scabbard, his mouth open, drawing breath to yell. A sword crunched into his neck, slicing deep, blood spurting. The sword swung back, wildly, hit him within the face, starting up part his jaw and spinning him. enamel, blood and bone sprayed as he collapsed to the ground. Camlin became, observed Edana status together with her sword gripped in either palms. She used to be gazing the fallen warrior. Camlin peered during the shutter. No one’s spotted. but. He swept up his bow and arrow and ran to the again wall, the place Baird and Vonn had eventually minimize a gap within the wall. faded mild seeped via. We’ve a few quickly count number to thirty, if we’re fortunate . . . ‘Out, now,’ he hissed. Cian was once first via, Roisin in the back of him, one other half-dozen shieldmen immediately after. Camlin caught his head in the course of the gap. ‘Don’t wait – head south, to the river. observed a few boats – they’re our greatest likelihood. ’ He searched the room for the bairn Meg, jumped a bit whilst he observed her status beside him. ‘Meg, express Cian how you can the river and boats. ’ ‘You coming? ’ she requested. ‘I’ll be alongside after. ’ She chewed at her lip a second, then nodded, slipped throughout the gap and sprinted off into the nightfall. Cian and the others moved quickly after her. Edana was once nonetheless status by way of the door, clutching her sword. Vonn was once whispering to her, yet to no obvious influence. Camlin strode over, took one examine her and shook her by way of the shoulders. ‘You’ve killed a man,’ he hissed at Edana. ‘Good. He used to be your enemy and could have killed you. Now sheathe your sword and get out, ’fore another person comes and attempts to kill you. ’ She blinked at him, then nodded, attempted to sheathe her sword yet her fingers have been shaking.

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