Legend (Drenai, Book 1) by David Gemmell
By David Gemmell
Druss, Captain of the awl: the tales of his existence have been advised in every single place. rather than the wealth and reputation he may have claimed, he had selected a mountain lair, excessive within the lonely nation bordering at the clouds. There the grizzled outdated warrior stored corporation with snow leopards and awaited his previous enemy death.
Mighty Dros Delnoch, safe through six outer partitions, the one direction through which a military may well go through the mountains. It was once the stronghold of the Drenai empire. And now it was once the final battleground, for all else had fallen sooner than the Nadir hordes.
And wish rested at the talents of that one previous man...
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He nodded and clucked his horse into motion. It was when the birds scattered from their path that the Adjunct found herself envying the captain. Before her the roused carrion-eaters exposed a carpet of armour, broken bones and meat. The air was hot, turgid and cloying. She saw soldiers, still helmed, their heads crushed by what must have been huge, terribly powerful jaws. She saw torn mail, crumpled shields, and limbs that had been ripped from bodies. Lorn managed only a few moments of careful examination of the scene around them before she fixed her gaze on the promontory ahead, unable to encompass the magnitude of the slaughter.
The captain grunted again.
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