By Joe Abercombie
Greater Glokta has an issue. How do you protect a urban surrounded via enemies and riddled with traitors, whilst your allies can in no way be relied on, and your predecessor vanished and not using a hint? It s sufficient to make a torturer are looking to run if he may well even stroll and not using a stick. Northmen have spilled over the border of Angland and are spreading fireplace and loss of life around the frozen kingdom. Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to force them again and win timeless glory. there's just one challenge he instructions the worst-armed, worst-trained, worst-led military on the earth. And Bayaz, the 1st of the Magi, is best a celebration of daring adventurers on a deadly venture during the ruins of the earlier. the main hated girl within the South, the main feared guy within the North, and the main egocentric boy within the Union make an odd alliance, yet a perilous one. they could even stand an opportunity of saving mankind from the Eaters in the event that they didn t hate one another particularly rather a lot. historic secrets and techniques could be exposed. Bloody battles may be gained and misplaced. sour enemies may be forgiven yet now not sooner than they're hanged.
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A fourth man was standing over him and Burr. A great, broad-chested man, his wrists as thick as West's ankles. There were grey hairs in his beard, in his tangled hair. The leader, it seemed, from the way the others made room for him. He looked down at West, slow and thoughtful, as a man might look at an ant, deciding whether or not to squash it under his boot. ' he rumbled in Northern. 'I'm Burr,' said West. Had to protect the Lord Marshal. Had to. He clambered up without thinking, but he was stil dizzy from the fal, and he had to grab hold of a branch to stop himself faling.
The mist had cleared up, but the Dogman almost wished it hadn't. He saw what Dow had been saying now, wel enough. The whole valey was ful of dead. They were dotted high up on the slopes, wedged between the rocks, stretched out in the gorse. They were scattered out across the grass in the valey bottom like nails spiled from a sack, twisted and broken on the brown dirt road. They were heaped up beside the river, heaped on the banks in a pile. Arms and legs and broken gear sticking up from the last shreds of mist.
The Lord Governor of Angland stil sat hunched in his chair in his empty, freezing hal, head in his hands. 'This is Angland,' said West, gesturing at the great map. He turned to look at the assembly. Few of the officers were showing the slightest interest in what he had to say. Hardly a surprise, but it stil rankled. General Kroy was sitting on the right-hand side of the long table, stiff upright and motionless in his chair. He was tal, gaunt, hard, grey hair cropped close to his angular skul, black uniform simple and spotless.