The Sword & Sorcery Anthology

Blood will circulation, heads will roll, dragons will leap, and the useless shall upward push. trip to historic towns governed through sinister mages, storm-tossed seas the place monsters live, mysterious towers jam-packed with old secrets and techniques, and darkish dungeons with untold treasures. From Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian to George R. R. Martin’s music of Ice and hearth, subscribe to the mythical heroes and villains in nineteen epic adventures which are bound to convey out the barbarian in you.

Anti-hero Elric infiltrates a band of mercenaries to compare wits with a robust sorcerer. along with her trio of dragons, Daenerys Stormbringer makes a fool’s cut price with slave investors. A mage’s apprentice, the younger gray Mouser makes use of newfound strength to conflict an evil duke. Conan breaks into the Tower of the Elephant to thieve a marvelous jewel with a dismal mystery. regardless of her drunkard’s methods, Malmury slays an previous sea troll ahead of dealing with his strong daughter.

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The flaming face pale, altered, shrieked a searing path upward and have become a blossoming scarlet cover which concealed the sky. Then it swept down over town and, within the rapid of its passing, the partitions of Gorjhan groaned, crumbled and vanished. Elric shuddered—if Dag-Gadden got here to Karlaak, such will be their destiny. victorious, the barbarian battlemongers swept into the defenseless city. cautious to take no half within the bloodbath, Elric and Moonglum have been additionally helpless to assist the slaughtered townspeople. The sight of the mindless, savage bloodshed round them enervated them. They ducked right into a small apartment which appeared to date untouched by way of the pillaging barbarians. within they discovered 3 cowering young children huddled round an older woman who clutched an outdated scythe in her gentle arms. Shaking with worry, she ready to face them off. “Do no longer waste our time, girl,” Elric stated, “or you’ll be wasting precious lives. Does this residence have a loft? ” She nodded. “Then get to it fast. We’ll ascertain you’re unhurt. ” They stayed in the home, hating to monitor the slaughter-madness which had stumble upon the howling barbarians. They heard the dreadful sounds of carnage and smelled the stench of lifeless flesh and operating blood. A barbarian, lined in blood which used to be now not his personal, dragged a lady into the home via her hair. She made no try to face up to, her face surprised by means of the horror she had witnessed. Elric growled: “Find one other nest, hawk—we’ve made this our personal. ” the fellow stated: “There’s room sufficient right here for what i would like. ” Then, finally, Elric’s clenched muscle tissues reacted nearly inspite of him. His correct hand swung over to his left hip and the lengthy arms locked round Stormbringer’s black hilt. The blade leapt from the scabbard as Elric progressed and, his pink eyes blazing his sickened hatred, he smashed his sword down in the course of the man’s physique. Unnecessarily, he clove back, hacking the barbarian in . the lady remained the place she lay, awake yet unmoving. Elric picked up her inert physique and handed it lightly to Moonglum. “Take her upstairs with the others,” he stated brusquely. The barbarians had all started to fireplace a part of the city, their slaying all yet performed. Now they looted. Elric stepped out of the entrance. there has been valuable little for them to loot yet, nonetheless hungry for violence, they spent their power on smashing inanimate issues and surroundings hearth to the damaged, pillaged dwellings. Stormbringer dangled loosely in Elric’s hand as he checked out the blazing city. His face used to be a masks of shadow and frisking gentle because the fireplace threw up nonetheless longer tongues of flames to the misty sky. round him, barbarians squabbled over the pitiful booty; and sometimes a woman’s scream minimize above the opposite sounds, intermingled with tough shouts and the conflict of steel. Then he heard voices that have been pitched in a different way to these within the quick region. The accents of the reavers mingled with a brand new tone—a whining, pleading tone. a bunch led through Terarn Gashtek got here into view during the smoke. Terarn Gashtek held whatever bloody in his hand—a human hand, severed on the wrist—and in the back of him swaggered numerous of his captains preserving a unadorned previous guy among them.

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