By Glen Cook
As soon as a amazing state reigned, yet now all is chaos. within the enormous reaches of the wilderness, a tender heretic escapes yes dying and embarks on a undertaking of insanity and glory. he's El Murid - the Disciple - who vows to deliver order, prosperity, and righteousness to the wasteland 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 really 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 wilderness empire?
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With but a few exceptions, it seemed that fantasy wanted to stay in the adolescent wish-fulfillment stage, where good was blindingly good and evil absurdly, comically evil. Where everyone spoke in a high diction unintentionally caricaturing something from the Middle Ages. And then there was Glen Cook. Suddenly, there was ambivalence, there was ambiguity, suspect motivations, heroes with flaws. There were droll, often cynical points of view. There were throwaway lines that could make you howl. This stuff.
Back off, Meryem. " To Micah he said, "She's father's favorite. The last born. He spoils her. She gets away with murder. Meryem. Please? " Micah asked. "El Aquila," the youth replied. "In a tent behind the hut of Mustaf abd-Racim ibn Farid el Habib. The Al Ghabha priests found you. You were almost dead. They turned you over to my father. I'm Nassef. " He sat down cross-legged facing Micah. " He did not sound enthusiastic. "You were too much bother for them," the girl said. " She sounded bitter.
A bare-faced woman! Teacher, you might as well turn them loose. They'll never settle down now. " Fuad's face had taken on the glassy look of a man in rut. Radetic did not doubt that he had an erection. The ways of the desert were strange, he thought. Speculation had haunted the Royal Compound for days. Would El Murid really dare come to the Shrines? Radetic shoved himself into the gap again, staring. The woman was younger than he had expected. She rode a tall white camel. The fact of her facial nakedness completely eclipsed the presence of the wild-eyed youth on the white mare.
A Fortress in Shadow by Glen Cook