Winter Warriors (Drenai, Book 8) by David Gemmell
By David Gemmell
Winged demons assemble, silent and unseen, above the town of united states, their talons lengthy and sharp. Their function is apparent, as is the prophesy: Upon the deaths of the 3 kings, the demon riders of the Krayakin becomes flesh, loose to slake their thirst with human blood - and the stench of evil will hide the land.
Two of the kings are already lifeless. For the prophesy to be fulfilled, spreading carnage internationally, the Demon Lord needs to sacrifice the 3rd king: Queen Axiana's unborn child.
When Emperor Skanda disbands his military, the pregnant queen takes flight, pursued via the Lords of the Undead. All desire lies with 3 historic heroes, notwithstanding discarded via the emperor, they're nonetheless Drenai infantrymen: Bison the enormous, Kebra the bowman, and the nice swordsman Nogusta - the Demon Lord's maximum foe. yet will those warriors - as soon as the simplest within the land - be adequate to stem the tide of ugly horror that threatens to envelop the area?
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Arobynn encouraged cutthroat behavior. Even when they were children, he’d set her and Sam against each other, use their victories and failures against them. He’d made her see everyone but Arobynn and Ben as a potential enemy. As allies, yes, but also as foes to be closely watched. Weakness was never to be shown at any cost. Brutality was rewarded. And education and culture were equally important—words could be just as deadly as steel. But the Silent Assassins . . Though they, too, might be killers, they looked to each other for learning.
Instantly, Sam was dragged out of his chair, his arms pinned back by Tern and Mullin. Harding took a step in front of them, his fist flexing. “No,” Celaena breathed as she met Sam’s wide-eyed stare. Arobynn wouldn’t be that cruel—he wouldn’t make her watch as he hurt Sam. Something tight and aching built in her throat. But Celaena kept her head high, even as Arobynn said quietly to her, “You are not going to enjoy this. You will not forget this. ” She whipped her head back to Sam, a plea for Harding not to hurt him on her lips.
Given what Arobynn had done to her, she hardly felt defensive of the assassins in Adarlan’s empire. But . . but to see all these assassins gathered here, so much collective power and knowledge, and to know that they wouldn’t dare intrude on Arobynn’s—on her—territory . . Celaena went on eating in silence as Ansel and Mikhail and a few others around them talked quietly. Vows of silence, Ansel had explained earlier, were taken for as long as each person saw fit. Some spent weeks in silence; others, years.