By Glen Cook
As soon as a effective state reigned, yet now all is chaos. within the large reaches of the wasteland, a tender heretic escapes yes loss of life and embarks on a challenge 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 desolate tract empire?
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The brothers of the Shrine came too, and they almost never left Al Ghabha. El Murid marched to the dry oasis. He halted where once sweet waters had lapped at the toes of date palms. " he shrieked. "I am the Instrument of the Lord! " He seized up a stone that weighed more than a hundred pounds, hoisted it over his head effortlessly. He heaved it out onto the dried mud. Thunders tortured the cloudless sky. Lightnings pounded the desert. Women shrieked. Men hid their eyes. And moisture began to darken the hard-baked mud.
He started talking on the way up. About seeing the golden banners on the towers of Paradise. He said that an angel had showed him the wide earth. " A shadow crossed the abbot's face. That kind of talk distressed him. "Maybe he did see an angel," someone suggested. "Don't be silly," the abbot countered. "He's alive," al Assad reminded him. " "The bandits fled across the Sahel. " "An angel. " "Of course I do," the abbot replied hastily. "I just don't think they reveal themselves to salt merchants' sons.
The children of the Desert of Death hardened in a fiery furnace. Plain impotence brought the death wish upon him. He could not intimidate the vultures. He was too weak. He sat and wept while they and the jackals tore the flesh of his kinsmen and squabbled over delicacies. Nine men and a camel had perished. The boy was a damned poor bet. His vision doubled and his ears rang whenever he moved. Sometimes he thought he heard voices calling. He ignored everything and stubbornly stumbled toward El Aquila in exhausting little odysseys of a hundred yards.
A Fortress in Shadow by Glen Cook