Scourge of the Betrayer: Bloodsounder's Arc Book One

By Jeff Salyards

Many stories are informed of the Syldoon Empire and its fearsome infantrymen, who're identified through the international for his or her treachery and atrocities. a few say that the Syldoon devour virgins and infants -- or even their very own moms. Arkamondos, a bookish younger scribe, suspects that the Syldoon's dire recognition could have grown within the retelling, yet he is approximately to determine for himself. employed to chronicle the exploits of a band of rugged Syldoon warriors, Arki reveals himself either worried and enthusiastic about the men's enigmatic chief, Captain Braylar Killcoin. A secretive, mercurial determine haunted by way of the stories of these he is killed along with his lethal flail, Braylar has already disposed of not less than one impertinent scribe... and Arki could be subsequent. Archiving the mundane doings of millers and retailers used to be tedious, yet no less than it was once secure. As Arki heads off on a mysterious challenge into components unknown, within the corporation of the coarse, bloody-minded Syldoon,he is promised an opportunity to eventually checklist an old event worth the telling, yet first he needs to live on the adventure! A gripping army fable within the culture of Glen cook dinner, Scourge of the Betrayer explores the brutal politics of Empire-and the searing impression of violence and darkish magic on a man's soul.

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If I stated an excessive amount of, i used to be guaranteed to demonstrate that I wasn’t a soldier or perhaps a universal tavern brawler. And if that occurred, I didn’t know the way the underpriest may reply. He was once unarmed, and that i had a crossbow pointed down at him, in order that was once in my prefer, yet as soon as he opened his eyes and steadied himself, if he sensed that I wasn’t a bloodspiller via alternate, he may well simply run back, or probably even attempt to crush or disarm me. and that i wasn’t certain i'll squeeze the lengthy set off if he did. while I’d performed so within the wagon with Braylar, that was once dealing with an armed soldier with the reason to dismember me, or even there, I’d ignored badly from 5 toes away.

I assumed the heads may easily wreck into the guard back, however the soldier used to be decreasing it to seem over the edge—the safeguard stuck one Deserter however the different whipped earlier the sting and into the soldier’s helm, simply above his eyes. The soldier stumbled again, elevating the defend as a reflex to guard himself even supposing the blow had already landed. He dropped his spear and fumbled for the dagger at his belt, yet he used to be truly dazed. His hand hadn’t even come upon the hilt whilst the flail heads snapped down and stuck him at the outdoors of his knee.

We controlled to scouse borrow them prior to the coronation, although it did take us your time to smuggle them out of the capital. ” unexpectedly issues, a few issues besides, started to make experience. “That’s the place you went when you employed me, wasn’t it? for those who took to the line after the interview. yet I nonetheless don’t comprehend why? Why visit such lengths? Do the Anjurians position that a lot inventory in uncomplicated vestments? ” Braylar smiled, although with a predatory curve. “They position extra inventory in rite than any humans alive or lifeless.

I approximately rolled my eyes prior to remembering that Anjurian wasn’t her first language and she’d had no formal education along with. “His guy. My father’s guy. Like Vendurro and Glesswik are the captain’s males. His retainers. ” She began to nod, accepting that, after which stopped, eyes widening. “Your da used to be a Syldoon? ” “No. i used to be giving an instance. Explaining the time period. Retainer. ” Lloi regarded questioned. “So, now not a Syldoon, yet a soldier then. Your da used to be a soldier. ” i attempted difficult to maintain the disappointment off my face.

You and the windmill received not anything in universal. ” whereas Lloi remained commonly quiet, the Syldoon persisted telling stories, frequently punctuated via a curse or a shove or a few expectorating. I seemed over on the Hornmen a number of tables a fashion, and their habit wasn’t a lot assorted, and can even have been worse. those exchanges has to be what passes for friendship one of the soldiering style, a minimum of whilst primed with ale. One Hornman specifically looked as if it would have upended extra cups than the others. His speech used to be slurred round the edges, and his cheeks and nostril regarded nearly painted crimson.

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